BEMIDJI, Minn. – Seventeen regular-season home games, 14 games versus 2022 NCAA Tournament participants and 26 Central Collegiate Hockey Association games highlights Bemidji State University’s 2022-23 men’s ice hockey schedule. The announcement came in conjunction with the release of the CCHA 104-game regular-season schedule and playoff format.
“We’re excited to begin the 24th season of DI Bemidji State men’s hockey,” said head coach Tom Serratore. “It’s great to play 14 games against opponents in last year’s national tournament with seven being at Sanford Center. Along with a strong and competitive league schedule the 2022-23 season should be exciting for Beaver Hockey Fans.”
Bemidji State opens the 2022-23 season at Sanford Center against nonconference opponent Arizona State University, October 7-8. The Beavers will also face four nonconference opponents this season including the Sun Devils as well as St. Cloud State University, University of North Dakota and University of Minnesota Duluth.
Following their season opening series with the Sun Devils, and after a week off from competition, the Beavers will jump right into conference play with a road trip to last year’s national tournament qualifier Michigan Technological University, Oct. 21-22. Bemidji State then closes out play in October the following weekend with a nonconference home-and-home series with St. Cloud State beginning with the series’ first game at Sanford Center Oct. 28. BSU will then travel to face the Huskies the following day at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
For the first weekend in November, Bemidji State will host Ferris State University Nov. 4-5 to resume CCHA play which is then followed by a road trip to Northern Michigan University Nov. 11-12. Following a weekend off from action, BSU resumes play the Friday after Thanksgiving with a home-and-home series against North Dakota beginning Nov. 25 at Sanford Center.
The Beavers will then begin a four-game homestand the first weekend in December by hosting University of St. Thomas Dec. 2-3 and Lake Superior State University the following weekend. Bemidji State then closes out the first-half the 2022-23 schedule with a Thursday-Friday series at national championship runner ups Minnesota State University, Mankato Dec. 15-16.
Following a 20-day holiday break, the Beavers return to play January 6-7 with their final nonconference opponent Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers and Bulldogs will kick-off the home-and-home series at Sanford Center Friday, Jan. 6. Bemidji State will then make its way south for its longest road trip of the season at Bowling Green State University, Jan. 13-14. The Beavers will then return home Jan. 20-21 for a home series against Northern Michigan Jan. 20-21 and then cap-off the eight-game month of January with a road trip to Lake Superior State, Jan. 27-28.
The Beavers begin the final month of the regular season with a home series against Michigan Tech, February 3-4 followed by a road trip to Big Rapids, Mich., to face Ferris State, Feb. 10-11. Bemidji State will host its final home games of the 2022-23 regular season Feb. 17-18 against Minnesota State and then conclude the regular season the following weekend (Feb. 24-25) at St. Thomas.
The CCHA Playoffs will then begin March 3-5. All eight teams will make the postseason with the regular season’s top four teams earning the right to host a best-of-three opening-round series. The winners advance to a single semifinal game played March 11 at the home sites of the two highest remaining seeds. The CCHA Playoff championship is set for March 18 at the highest remaining seed. The winner of the CCHA Playoffs will not only earn possession of the Mason Cup, it will also clinch an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament is set to begin March 24-25. Advancing teams will be seeded into one of four regional sites, which include Allentown, Pa., Bridgeport, Conn., Fargo, N.D. and Manchester, N.H.
After a weekend off the ice, the four regional championship teams will participate in the Frozen Four, which will take place April 7-9 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
The Bemidji State men’s hockey team is looking to build off a 2021-22 season that saw the Beavers finish with a 19-20 record overall and finish third in the CCHA regular season standings with 42 points and a 14-12 league record. The Beavers advanced to their first-ever CCHA Championship title game after defeating Bowling Green in a best-of-three series and Michigan Tech in the semifinal round. BSU fell to the eventual national runner ups after falling 2-1 in overtime to Minnesota State who claimed the 2022 Mason Cup.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s hockey in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and women’s hockey in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).