BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head coach Tom Serratore and senior forward Nate Arentz preview the BSU men's hockey team's upcoming non-conference series versus top ranked University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team breaks from Western Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend to play a home-and-home series with UMD. Despite piling up a 13-1-2 record in league play this season, the Beavers enter the series in search of their first non-conference victory after being swept at the University of North Dakota, Oct. 21-22, and at home by Princeton University, Nov. 25-26.
The regional match up features two of the top teams in the country this season. The No. 15 Beavers own the nation’s best goals against average (1.60) and their 13 wins tie BSU with Boston College and Penn State for tops in college hockey, while No. 1 Minnesota Duluth is recording 3.62 goals per game to rank among the top five scoring offenses in the country and eight of its 11 wins have come over teams ranked among the top 20.
One of the Beavers’ most consistent Division I opponents, BSU has clashed with Minnesota Duluth in 15 of 16 seasons since making the jump to NCAA Division I (1999-2000). Although UMD holds a 22-14-1 edge in the all-time series, BSU has won the last four meetings between the teams and is 12-7-1 since 2005-06. The teams first met in Duluth Feb. 8, 1947--in just the 13th game of the BSU program’s existence. The Bulldogs prevailed, 4-3, and would go on the win the next 10 meetings. Dec. 2, 2002, Bemidji State put an end to the Bulldogs’ 54-year stronghold in the series with a 3-2 victory at the DECC. BSU is 7-16-0 all-time when playing on the Bulldogs’ home ice, while it is 5-6-1 on home ice and is 1-1-1 versus the Bulldogs at Sanford Center.
Tickets for Saturday's series finale are available at the Sanford Center box office. A limited number of tickets are available for $15, including taxes and fees.