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Get to know: Bemidji State men's hockey

Beavers set to play in Hockey Day's first-ever outdoor men's collegiate game Friday night

by Tricia Luna /

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities starting in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Bemidji High School girls hockey team.

The basics

Nickname: Beavers 
Conference: WCHA
Overall record: 10-11-3 (as of Jan. 18)
Head coach: Tom Serratore
Hockey Day schedule: 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 vs. Michigan Tech, Lake Bemidji; Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Michigan Tech, Sanford Center

The town

Bordering the northernmost lake feeding into the Mississippi River, Bemidji was deemed the "The First City on The Mississippi." Standing at 18 feet tall, the city's famed Paul Bunyan statue has become a tourist bucket list item. It is said it took over 737 man-hours to create the beloved statue in honor of the American folklore legend and his sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox.

The team

The Beavers, who call the Sanford Center home, took the ice for the first time in 1947. In its 61 seasons, Bemidji State has complied a 1,085-610-131 overall record and has been a member of the NCAA for 18 seasons. Currently, the Beavers are 10-11-3, with notable wins against conference foes Minnesota State and Bowling Green.

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The matchup

Friday marks the first collegiate game in Hockey Day history to be played outdoors. It'll also kick off the second series this season between the Beavers and Huskies; Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Houghton, Michigan, the clubs tied at 3 before Michigan Tech rang up a 7-2 victory.

Players to Watch

Senior defenseman Just Baudry leads the Beavers with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 24 games played, while sophomore forward Aaron Miller has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) this season in 23 games. Henry Johnson has appeared in 13 games for the Beavers, posting a .914 save percentage, making 267 saves and has a 2.05 goals against average. 

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