Series Preview: Bemidji St. at Minnesota

The No. 7 Gophers welcome the Bemidji St. Beavers to Mariucci Arena this weekend for an in-state battle. With the Beavers streaking and Minnesota struggling, both teams will be playing hard for a series victory.

Bemidji St. (15-12-3, 9-10-3) at No. 7 Minnesota (19-11-1, 15-7-0)
Minneapolis, Minn. - Mariucci Arena
Friday and Saturday, 7:07 p.m.


Storyline: With the Gophers suffering a disappointing sweep at Denver last weekend, the Beavers will be looking to continue their current hot streak and capitalize on a stumbling Minnesota team. Despite a poor record, Bemidji has been playing well of late, earning a win and a tie over Nebraska-Omaha and a sweep over Colorado College a week ago. Playing the in-state Gophers should bring out another strong performance from the Beavers this weekend.

Season to Date: With a 15-12-3 overall record and a 9-10-3 record in the conference, the Beavers won't see the post-season this year unless they earn an automatic bid. With that being said, they have beaten a number of top teams in the WCHA this season. Bemidji holds victories over North Dakota, Denver, St. Cloud, Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha.

Coaching Preview: The Beavers' head coach, Tom Serratore is a name that is familiar to Gopher fans as he is the uncle of current Minnesota sophomore, Tom Serratore. The elder Serratore is in his tenth season as Bemidji's coach and has accumulated a number of honors for the Beavers during his tenure. He led Bemidji to five College Hockey America titles before joining the WCHA as well as the Beavers' first NCAA tournament win in 2009 over Notre Dame.

Last Meeting: The Beavers haven't visited Minneapolis since 2009 where they earned a series split against the Gophers. The last meeting between the two squads was last season where they tied 2-2 in the first game of the series before the Gophers took home a 3-2 win in overtime.

Series History: Minnesota is dominating the young series by a tally of 8-1-1 in ten meetings.

Former Gopher: Bemidji has one former Gopher on the roster, forward Drew Fisher. Fisher played for Minnesota in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons, tallying two points. This year, Fisher has three goals and one assist in 30 games.

Scoring leader: The Beavers' top scorer is 5-foot-8 junior Jordan George. On the season, George has netted 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points.

Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
Enrollment: 4,928
Conference: WCHA
Mascot: Beavers
Coach: Tom Serratore (10th Season)

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories