Bemidji State red-shirt and Central grad watches game from home, looks forward to the future Wearing a “2009 Believe” T-shirt and his Bemidji State cap turned backward, Matt Carlson sprawled his 6-foot-4 frame across the basement couch in anticipation of watching his teammates continue their post-season magic. But the big screen television set in his parents’ Riverside neighborhood home delivered only bad news. Cinderella took Thursday afternoon off as the Beavers fell 4-1 to Miami (Ohio) University in the Frozen Four semifinals.
Scott Robbins did not expect to be in Washington, D.C. this week. But the Bemidjian started his second tournament week with a visit to Verizon Center on Wednesday to watch the Bemidji State men's hockey team practice in preparation for Thursday's national semifinal.
Work on the Bemidji Regional Event Center officially began Friday as dignitaries and community supporters gathered around a mound of dirt on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. “This is a pretty momentous occasion – let’s make it look good,” called out Mayor Richard Lehmann, scooping up a shovel full of dirt and flinging it into the air.
The sign at the Hampton Inn & Suites says it all: “Welcome WCHA. Go Beavers.” One really can’t separate the two: The Bemidji State Beavers’ push to get in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the hockey team’s run to the school’s first NCAA Division I Frozen Four.
Since the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 6, 1970, UND has built a 15-1-1 advantage, including a perfect 4-0 record at The Glas. The Beavers will try to change that trend this weekend in a home-and-home series with the Fighting Sioux beginning today at The Glas at 7:35 p.m.
In October, the university had unveiled a restructuring plan for the Department of Athletics that included, in part, a proposal to discontinue men’s indoor and outdoor track and field at the conclusion of the 2008-09 academic year.
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