BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s hockey team is back amongst the top 20 NCAA Division I men’s hockey teams in the nation according to USCHO.com. Voters of the poll ranked BSU No. 19 to put them in the top 20 after a week on the outside looking in.
The Beavers garnered 104 points to finish 53 votes behind Lake Superior State in 18th place and 679 points out of first place. Boston College garnered 783 points, which included 27-of-40 first-place votes to own a 12-point advantage over University of North Dakota (771), which climbed into the No. 2 spot and earned 12 first-place votes. BSU’s opponent this week, Minnesota State University sits third with 715 points and garnered one first-place vote.
The Beavers jumped up to No. 19 in the national poll following a pair of wins, 4-1 and 2-1, on the road at Michigan Tech, Feb. 19-20.
Finding its way into the top 20 teams in the country this week stands as the seventh time BSU has been a top-20 team in 2020-21 and the 219th time BSU has appeared in the national poll.
In addition to BSU, LSSU and MSU, the WCHA was also represented in the USCHO.com poll by Bowling Green at No. 13 (258 points) and while Michigan Technological University with 34 points in the 20th spot.
BSU is amongst the teams recieving votes in the newest USA Hockey/USAToday NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Poll, but has not been in the top 15 since pulling down the No. 15 spot in the preseason version of the poll.
The 9-6-3 Beavers are now 4-3-1 in WCHA play. They continue league action this weekend as they battle intrastate rival Minnesota State University in a home-and-home series. The two-game set will get underway with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers and Mavericks travel north to Bemidji, Minn. to wrap up the series with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop Saturday at Sanford Center.
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.