MINNEAPOLIS -- After a series victory at No. 11 Minnesota State University, Nov. 11-12, the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team has climbed to 13 in the USCHO.com top 20 poll, while breaking into the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll at No. 14 after four straight weeks of garnering votes.
This week marks the seventh time the Beavers have appeared in the USCHO.com poll in 2016-17 and the 139th time since making a move to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season. The Beavers have reached as high as No. 4 in the poll, Dec. 12, 2009, and have been a top 20 team for 39 weeks.
This week the Beavers earned 431 points to climb two spots in the USCHO.com poll, while the University of Denver claimed the top spot, garnering 26 first place votes and 970 points.
Bemidji State’s debut in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll marks the Beavers’ first appearance in the poll’s top 15 since it pulled down 206 points for the No. 9 spot in the March 22, 2010. BSU gained 102 points in this week’s poll to hold down the No. 14 spot, just one point behind Ohio State University (103) at No. 13. BSU has now be among the top 15 in the poll 28 weeks since making the jump to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 1999-2000 season.
The University of Denver took over the nation’s top spot this week, dethroning the University of Minnesota Duluth, which owned the nation’s No. 1 ranking for the previous two weeks. The Bulldogs took 19 of 34 first place votes to take the top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
The Beavers join Minnesota State University Mankato, this week's No. 15, as the only WCHA representatives in the USCHO.com poll or USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. However, Superior State University and Michigan Tech are receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll.
The Beavers, now 9-2-1 overall, continues WCHA play this week as it hosts Northern Michigan University for a two-game series. Both games are set for a 7:07 p.m. opening face offs at Sanford Center. Tickets are still available for both games of the series and begin at $18. Stop by the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window to reserve your seat today.
The USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll consists of 50 voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a joint production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college sports, including hockey, lacrosse, soccer and others, and CBS College Sports Networks, Inc., the only digital media company dedicated solely to college sports. CBS College Sports operates a 24-hour college sports cable network, also available via DISH and DirecTV satellite.
The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll, now in its 15th year, is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western CollegiateHockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.