Bemidji State drops one spot to 11 in national polls

Bemidji State drops one spot to 11 in national polls
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Bemidji State drops one spot to 11 in national polls

COLORDO SPRINGS, Colo. –The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team was among the top 15 teams in the country, according to the USAToday/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Men’s Hockey Poll, for the fourth consecutive week. This week the 22-10-5 Beavers dipped one spot No. 11 in both national polls. The one-spot drop in the poll comes on the heels of a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoff series victory over Lake Superior State University, March 13-15. 

The No. 11 billing this week marks the fourth consecutive week it has been voted among the top 15 in both national polls. It also stands as the 37th week BSU has been ranked in the top 15 dating back to 1999-2000 season when the Beavers made the jump to the NCAA Division I level. Bemidji State has ascended as high as No. 4 in the poll, Dec. 12, 2010.

This year, BSU has regularly received votes USCHO.com poll and has appeared among the top 20 for the last seven weeks, which including this week, marks the Beavers’ 55nd week top as a top-20 program.

The Cornell University held down the nation’s top spot for the second straight week in the USAToday/USA Hockey Poll and in the USCHO.com ranking.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association was also represented in the March 11 USAToday/USA Hockey poll by Minnesota State, which garnered 460 points and two first-place votes points to sit at No. 3. MSU also received 927 points and five first-place votes to hold down the No. 2 spot in the USCHO.com poll. In addition, Bowling Green State University (27) received votes in the USCHO.com poll.

The Beavers, 22-10-5 overall, finished the 2019-20 regular season second in the WCHA standings going 20-5-3-2 versus WCHA competition. BSU clinched the No. 2 seed in the league’s postseason tournament and defeated Lake Superior State University in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series. The Beavers have now advance to the semifinal round where it will host Bowling Green. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m. Friday to open the series with a 6:07 p.m. start set for Saturday and again Sunday, if a third game is needed to decide the series.

The USCHO.com poll consists of 50 voters, including coaches and beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey. 

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, now in its 25th year, is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. 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.

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 Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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