The 19th ranked Beaver Mens’ Hockey Team, kept on winning with a home sweep of Bowling Green Friday and Saturday night. The Beavers have only lost once in the last nine games. Meanwhile, the Beaver Women earned a road point at #5 Ohio State and the Beaver Mens Basketball team snapped a seven game losing streak. Also, another strong weekend for Bemidji State’s Track and Field Team and the Women’s Tennis Team resumed its season with a victory.
BEAVER MENS HOCKEY
FRI…#19 Bemidji State 4, Bowling Green 1
The Beavers opened the scoring with an Ethan Somoza goal 4:53 into the first period with Tyler Kirkup and Aaron Miller on the assists. Less than a half minute into the second, Bowling Green tied it up, but the Beavers bounced back with three uansnwered goals beginning with what proved to be the game winner. Tyler Kirkup was credited with the goal when Brad Johnson’s slap shot caromed off his helmet and into the net for a power play tally. Aaron Miller added another power play to make it 3-1 and Alex Ierullo wrapped up the scoring in the third. The Beavers outshot the Bulldogs 40-30 and Zach Driscoll went 29 of 30.
SAT…#19 Bemidji State 4, Bowling Green 2
The Beavers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Alex Adams scoring the goal on a feed from Brad Johnson in the first, followed by a second period goal from Tommy Muck with assists to Elias Rosen and Ethan Somoza. Bowling Green bounced back with a goal in the second followed by a power play goal early in the third. It stayed 2-2 until the Beavers got the game winner from Ross Armour on a tip in of a Alex Adams shot with 2:29 left. The Beavers added an empty netter from Owen Sillinger with :58 remaining.
The Beavers are now 16-8-4 on the year, with a WCHA record of 16-4-2-1 for 51 points and remain in second place, five points behind Minnesota State and seven ahead of third place Northern Michigan. The Beavers will get this weekend off and then head to Marquett to face Northern Michigan Valentine’s weekend. The Wildcats, meanwhile will be at Mankato this weekend. Bemidji State will then head to Anchorage before wrapping up the regular season with Minnesota State at Sanford Center.
BEAVER WOMENS HOCKEY
Fri…#5 Ohio State 7, Bemidji State 2
The Buckeyes dominated this one, outshooting the Beavers 41-24. The Buckeyes were up 5-0 after two, before the Beavers got their first goal in the third from Lydia Passolt. After the Buckeyes responded with two more, Passolt scored the Beavers final goal with :58 left.
Sat…Bemidji State 2, #5 Ohio State 2 (Buckeyes win shootout)
After Ohio State took a 1-0 lead late in the first period, the Beavers Clair DeGeorge tied it up midway through the second with Haley Mack and Reece Hunt tying it up. The Buckeyes reclaimed the lead with a power play goal at 14:40. But Kiki Radke pulled off the tie, scoring with :17 to go on a feed from Mak Langei. After the five minute overtime and WCHA 3 on 3 overtime, it was off to the shootout and the Buckeyes earned the extra point. The Beavers were outshot 43-25 and Lauren Bench made 41 saves.
Bemidji State 14-13-3 and 8-10-2 in the WCHA. The Beavers return home this weekend, hosting #2 ranked Minnesota Friday night at 6:07 and Saturday afternoon at 3:07.
BEAVER MENS & WOMENS BASKETBALL
FRI…Women…#15 Sioux Falls 73, Bemidji State 64
Trinity Myer scored 24 points and added 7 assists. The Beavers were down by 17 at halftime but a strong third quarter got them within four. But Sioux Falls got it back to nine points by the end of the game. Rachael Heittola added 10 for the Beavers.
FRI…Men…Sioux Falls 66, Bemidji State 54
Griffin Chase scored 14 points for the Beavers, while Derek Thompson, Max Bjorklund, and Logan Bader all scored 11. The Beavers were down by a point at halftime, but the Cougars outscored Bemidji by 11 in the second half.
SAT…Women…Southwest MN State 69, Bemidji State 58
Taylor Bray led the way with her first career double-double. Bray had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Beavers were up by a point at halftime, but were outscored by 12 in the 2nd half.
SAT…Men…Bemidji State 78, Southwest MN State 64
Max Bjorklund scored a career high 23 points as the Beavers opened up a 12 point lead at halftime and added another two to it to win by 14. Nick Wagner had 18 points while Griffin Chase had 11 and Logan Bader added 10.
The Beaver Women are 7-13 and 4-12 in conference play. They lost 5 in a row and 9 out of the last 10. The men, meanwhile, snapped their seven game losing streak and are 9-11. They’re 6-10 in conference play. The Bemidji State teams will be at Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota-Mankato Friday and Saturday.
BEAVER WOMENS TENNIS
Bemidji State 5, St. Cloud State 2
The Beavers resumed its season with the spring portion of the schedule in Grand Forks facing St. Cloud State. The Beavers cruised to a 5-2 win. Hannah Alme, Hannah Peter, Laney Rutkowski, and Maggie Richardson earned wins in singles. In doubles, Brooke Mimmack and Hannah Alme, and Hannah Peterson and Sam Edlund picked up wins in doubles so the Beavers earned the doubles point.
The Beavers are off to a 3-1 start and 1-0 in conference play. They’ll host UMC Wednesday at 5 in the Gillette Wellness Center.
BEAVER WOMENS TRACK & FIELD
The Beavers took 3rd out of 7 at the UND Open & Multi. Venice Stewart broke her own record in the 60 set last weekend and made the NCAA Provisional qualifying time, winning the title. She also took 2nd in the 200. Ryne Prigge took 3rd in the 3000. Zoe Christensen broke the BSU record in the weight throw and hit the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark. Christensen also took 2nd in the Shot Put and set the provisional mark. Faith Beck was 2nd in the 60 Hurdles. The Beavers had 26 personal bests in the meet.