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Brad E. Schlossman, Published November 28 2009

No. 6 Beavers upset No. 1 Miami-Ohio

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Can anything go wrong for the Bemidji State men’s hockey program?

It sure doesn’t seem like it these days.

The team that reached its first-ever NCAA Frozen Four in April and beat the state’s flagship school, Minnesota, for the first time ever earlier this month added another first on Friday afternoon in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Bemidji State knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, Miami-Ohio, with a 3-2 victory in the Subway Holiday Classic.

“It was a monumental win, no question about it,” said Bemidji State coach Tom Serratore, whose team was previously 0-4 against top-ranked teams. “I thought it was playoff hockey. There was no easy ice out there. Every goal was earned. It was just tough, old-fashioned hockey.”

The game was a rematch of last season’s Frozen Four semifinal, where Miami ended Bemidji State’s surprise run with a 4-1 decision in Washington, D.C.

“I know we were the Cinderella story last year,” Bemidji State captain Chris McKelvie said, “but it always stings when you lose in a big game like that. When the schedule came out, this was a game we looked forward to.”

The Beavers, who will open a new rink and join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association next season, are now 11-1-1 this season. They are a perfect

6-0 in College Hockey America, a dissolving conference that doesn’t gain much national attention.

FIRST PERIOD: 1. BSU, Findlay (McLeod) 8:37.

SECOND PERIOD: 2, BSU, Lehrke (McKelvie) 6:02.

THIRD PERIOD: 3, M, Camper (McKenzie ,Hartman) 5:24 (pp). 4, M, Camper (McKenzie, Schilling) 9:21. 5, BSU, McKelvie (Read, McIntyre) 16:41.

SAVES: BSU, Bakala 7-10-3–20. M, Reichard 1-5-6–12

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Brad E. Schlossman is a writer for The Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.