BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team will open the 2020-21 season this week ranked No. 16 in USCHO.com Division I Men’s Hockey Poll. The newest poll sets up a clash of top 10 opponents this weekend at Sanford Center as Minnesota State University, Mankato holds down the No. 5 spot in the weekly poll.
The Beavers earned the No. 16 billing for the second consecutive week, this time with 252 points to finish 29 votes behind Providence College in 15th place and 658 points out of first place. The University of North Dakota garnered 910 points, which included 39-of-46 first-place votes to own a 57-point advantage over Boston College (853), which opens the season second.
Finding its way into the top 20 teams in the country extends the Beavers’ run in the poll to nine weeks dating back to Jan. 27, 2020 when BSU earned 91 points to sneak into the top-20 at No. 19. BSU’s nine-poll run among the top 20 marks the 206th time BSU has appeared in the national poll, while it stands as the 57th week BSU has been ranked.
In addition to Minnesota State, the WCHA was also represented in the USCHO.com Poll by Northern Michigan University and Michigan Technological University, which garnered 21 and four votes, respectively to sit among “Others Receiving Votes.”
The Beavers anxiously await the start of the 2020-21 season. After seeing its 22-10-5, 2019-20 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the WCHA’s delayed 2020-21 start, BSU will be back on the ice at 4:07 p.m. Sunday and 2:07 p.m. Monday to battle the Mavericks in a nonconference affair.
No fans will be allowed in the building for the series, but are encouraged to follow the Beavers on the FloHockey live video stream or on the Beaver Radio Network or locally on The River 92.1 FM.
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.