Bemidji State men’s hockey signs four prospects for 2005-06
Friday, April 15, 2005
Two-time CHA Champions add three forwards, one defenseman for fall BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State head men’s ice hockey coach Tom Serratore today announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 academic year. Joining the two-time College Hockey America regular-season champions are defenseman Cody Bostock and forwards Brandon Marino, Tyler Scofield and Travis Winter.

“This is going to be a fun class to work with,” BSU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ted Belisle said. “They bring a good balance of speed and skill to our lineup. With us losing a great senior class, it’s going to be fun to see what they can develop into as BSU Beavers.”

Of Bemidji State’s four 2005 spring signees, two led their 2004-05 teams in scoring and a third finished second.

“As always, when you’re recruiting, especially a forward group, skill is something you always want to try to upgrade and replace,” Belisle said. “We did focus on scoring because of what we’re losing. These guys have been high scorers and have led their teams and it’ll be important for them to continue their progress at the Division I level.”

• Cody Bostock (D; 5-11, 195; 3/3/1984; Salmon Arm, British Columbia/BCHL-Vernon)
Bostock has helped lead the Vernon Vipers into the finals of the British Columbia Hockey League playoffs, where they currently trail 2-0 in a seven-game series to the Surrey Eagles. In 70 games this season, Bostock has rolled up 16-35=51 points to rank sixth on the team and second amongst defensemen, with his 16 goals team-high amongst Vernon’s defensemen. He is fourth on the team with 11 power-play goals and has 141 penalty minutes. In the BCHL playoffs, Bostock has 2-4=6 points in 11 games with one power-play goal.

In December, he was named to the Coastal Conference All-Star Team for the 2005 BCHL All-Star Showcase. Bostock was named to the All-Star Team based on his play with Cowichan Valley, for whom he played before being dealt to Vernon in a three-way trade in December of 2004.

Bostock scored 7-15=22 points in 28 games for Cowichan before being dealt to Vernon. He scored 4-23=27 points with two power-play goals and 82 penalty minutes in 51 games at defense for Cowichan in 2003-04.

“Cody is a world-class kid with great speed and an extremely hard shot from the blue line,” Belisle said. “He has always been a member of power-play units because of his shot and his skill level, and we hope he’ll contribute on the power-play for us in the future as well.”

• Brandon Marino (F; 5-9, 185; 6/4/1986; Riverside, Calif/NAHL-Helena)
Marino comes to BSU after a standout campaign in the North American Hockey League, where he led the Helena Bighorns with 29-34=63 points. His 63 points tied for ninth in the NAHL with Chad Costello of Wichita Falls, and Marino and Costello were the highest-scoring 1986-birthdate players in the NAHL. Marino also finished with 109 penalty minutes and was named Helena’s Team MVP on Tuesday.

Marino was a member of the NAHL All-Star Team in February, scoring a goal to lift the All-Stars past the Texas Tornados, 3-1.

Marino was aquired by Helena in July of 2004 from the Fernie Ghostriders.

“Brandon is a very smart hockey player who has a tremendous upside with his youth,” Belisle said. “He’ll be exciting to watch develop in our program.”

• Tyler Scofield (F; 5-8, 150; 8/15/1984; Prince George, British Columbia/MJHL-OCN)
Scofield led the OCN Blizzard in scoring 40-25=65 points in 44 games, and also added eight power-play goals and five game-winners. His 65 points tied for 17th in the MJHL, and his five game-winners tied for 14th. Scofield’s 1.47 points-per-game scoring average led the MJHL.

Scofield was one of three OCN players to make the Sherwood Division squad at the 2005 MJHL All-Star Game in January, and he was runner-up for MJHL Player of the Month in January.

He brought in numerous honors at the OCN awards banquet, winning team awards for MVP, Top Scorer, the CJ1240 Three-Stars Award and Most Popular Player.

“Tyler has the tools to become a fan-favorite,” Belisle said. “His speed and scoring ability are going to make him an exciting player to watch.”

• Travis Winter (F; 6-2, 185; 8/10/1984; St. Cloud, Minn./USHL-Indiana)
Winter finished his second season in the United States Hockey League as the second-leading scorer for the Indiana Ice in 2004-05. He scored 21-21=42 points, and was also second on the team in goals scored as one of just two 20-goal scorers for the Ice this past season. Winter also led the Ice and tied for 10th in the USHL with nine power-play goals. In 2003-04, Winter scored 10-13=23 points in 59 games when the Ice were still the Danville Wings. He had one power-play goal and was +6.

Winter scored 19-45=64 points for St. Cloud Tech High School in 2002-03. He will be just the second native of St. Cloud, Minn. ever to join the BSU program. The only other St. Cloud native to appear on a BSU roster was Mark Larson in 1992.

“Travis has a great sense for the game of hockey,” Belisle said. “He brings some size that will add to the left side of our lineup, and we hope he will help us in the future.”

The four spring signees bring Bemidji State’s complete 2005-06 signing class to six, including fall early-period additions Matt Allen (BCHL-Langley) and Mark Soares (BCHL-Coquitlam). Both Allen and Soares are forwards, giving BSU five forwards out of six signees in the 2005-06 signing class.

“There may not be an immediate impact player in this class, but it will be fun to watch them develop,” Belisle said. “We’re losing some great players off of this year’s team, but this class has its own identity and will find its own way to contribute to our program.”

Bemidji State finished its 2004-05 season with a 23-13-1 record, setting a school Division I-era record for wins and posting the second-most wins in a single season by a member of College Hockey America. The Beavers became the third team in the history of CHA to win both the league’s regular-season and conference tournament championships in the same season and tied their own CHA single-season record by winning 16 games in conference regular-season play. The CHA Tournament championship propelled BSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program, where it took the now two-time national champion Denver Pioneers into overtime.

BSU finished the 2004-05 season ranked No. 15 in the nation in the USA Today / USA Hockey Magazine Poll, marking the program’s first ranking in a final poll since making the move to Division I in 1999.