(Updated 11:09 a.m. 11/24/20)
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's hockey nonconference series finale with No. 5 Minnesota State University, originally scheduled for 3:07 p.m. today, has been postponed.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Department officials have announced that COVID-19 testing of their men’s hockey personnel has resulted in positive results that will prevent play until quarantine and isolation periods conclude and a phased return to activity and cardiac protocols have been fulfilled.
The positive results were detected during COVID-19 testing of the team, which is being conducted three times per week in accordance with Executive Order 20-99 and the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Higher Education. The tests administered prior to Sunday’s contest between the two teams had produced no positive results prior to the game.
Monday’s matchup was postponed indefinitely.
After contact tracing and with guidance from MDH, Minnesota State announced Tuesday that it paused all team-related activities, and has quarantined or isolated those affected in accordance with established protocols and guidance provided by health officials. The announcement effectively indefinitely postpones the Beavers' scheduled return trip to Mankato, Minn. this weekend for a pair of nonconference matchups with the Mavericks.
Bemidji State, now 0-1-0, returns to action Dec. 12-13 when it welcomes Michigan Tech to Sanford Center to wrap up nonconference play. The Beavers and Huskies will hit the ice at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 before a 2:07 p.m. opening faceoff Sunday Dec. 13.
Data privacy precludes further comment on the issue and additional updates or adjustments to the BSU men's hockey schedule will be made at a later time.