BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State Head Coach Tom Serratore discussed the BSU men's hockey team's upcoming WCHA series versus Alaska at his weekly press conference.
Bemidji State returns from a weekend free of competition to host the Nanooks in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Sanford Center. The series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday, while Saturday's opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m.
In a series that began during the 1981-82 season and was renewed in 2013-14 after a 29-year hiatus, BSU owns a 6-2-1 all-time record versus the Nanooks, which includes a 5-1-1 mark in games played in Bemidji and a three-game winning streak for the Beavers. As infrequent as the BSU-UA series has been, Alaska plays a significant role in Beaver Hockey history. BSU hosted the Nanooks for the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 1984. BSU eliminated Alaska, 9-6 and 4-2, and went on to defeat Merrimack to complete its perfect 31-0-0 season and earn its eighth national championship under head coach R.H. “Bob” Peters.
The Beavers open the series 1-4-2 overall and seek their first victory in WCHA play and first since the season-opener versus then-No. 2/3 Minnesota Duluth, 3-2. Picked to finish fourth in the WCHA standings by the leagues’ coaches, BSU enters the weekend holding down the 10th spot with a 0-3-1 mark in WCHA play.
Alaska arrives at Sanford Center toting a 3-5-0 overall record and a 1-3-0 mark in WCHA play. The Nanooks’ league play mirrors BSU. After being swept by Minnesota State (L, 5-2 and L, 2-1), UA is coming out of a series split versus Northern Michigan (W, 5-2 and L, 5-2).
During this special military appreciation weekend, BSU is offering current or former members of the United States military a buy one, get one of the same value ticket offer. Simply show some sort of military ID at the time of purchase.
Tickets for either game of the series are still available at the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window or online at Ticketmaster.com.