BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University will skate into its nonconference, home-and-home series with University of North Dakota ranked among the top 20 NCAA Division I men’s hockey teams in the country according to the USCHO Division I Men’s Hockey Poll. The organization placed BSU in the No. 20 spot in the Oct. 11 edition of its poll.
The Beavers garnered 146 points to finish 20th, down five spots from Oct. 4 and is just one point behind Western Michigan University for the No. 19 spot. BSU finished 803 points behind top-ranked Minnesota State University, which is in its second week occupying the top spot in the poll. The Mavericks pulled in 17 of a possible 50 first-place votes to hold a four-point edge over St. Cloud State University (945) in the No. 2 spot. This weekend’s home-and-home series partner North Dakota reeled in 679 points to grab the No. 7 spot.
The No. 20 billing marks the Beavers’ third appearance in the poll this season with a high-water mark of No. 14 Sept. 27. A year ago, BSU appeared in the USCHO top-20 poll on 12 different occasions, which included a run of six straight to cap 2020-21. BSU climbed as high as No. 10 in the final poll of the season.
In addition to the Beavers and Mavericks, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association is represented by Michigan Technological University in the No. 16 spot, while Northern Michigan University (11), Bowling Green State University (10) and Lake Superior State University (6) were all listed among “others receiving votes.”
The Beavers are 0-2-0 overall and are coming off a series sweep at the hands of No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth Oct. 8-9. Despite a clinging to a 2-2 tie early in the third period Friday, BSU saw UMD score midway through the third and take the season-opener 4-2 in Bemidji, Minn. Saturday, the Bulldogs jumped out to a lead in late in the second and would never look back for a 2-1 victory.
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 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.