>RedHawks to Play Bemidji State & More

>Let the scouting begin. With a 4-1 win over Cornell on Sunday night, Bemidji State has moved on to the Frozen Four and will meet Miami for the right to face either Boston University or Vermont in the national championship game. You’ll recall that the Beavers knocked off No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Saturday night, 5-1. As both Miami and Bemidji are number four seeds, this will be the first time in the current format of the tournament (adapted in 2003) that there will be a 4 vs. 4 match up in the national semi-final game. No word yet if which team will be the “home” team and wear white jerseys.

– Bemidji finished the regular season with a record of 18-15-1 and advanced to the NCAA tournament by winning the CHA tournament. Their last NCAA appearance was in 2006, as a No. 4 seed, losing to Wisconsin in the first round.

– The Beavers are currently on a 5-game win streak. Senior Tyler Scofield led the team in the regular season, with 22 goals, tied for 9th best in the nation. Matt Dalton is Bemidji’s No. 1 goaltender. In 30 games, Dalton had a 19-10-1 record and a 2.17 GAA. The BSU power play was 6th best in the nation and the penalty kill was 19th.

– The RedHawks are 2-0 all-time against Bemidji State. The last meeting between the two schools was in November of 2000. The RedHawks swept the weekend series in Bemidji, MN, winning both games 4-2.

This isn’t the first time the RedHawks have played spoiler and knocked off a No. 1 seed to advance. Miami defeated No. 1 New Hampshire in 2007; the same year that Michigan State- a three seed, won the national title.

Other Notes:

– For those wondering, Rico stated in his post game presser, that Ryan Jones made good on his promise of being the first alum to call when the team reached the Frozen Four. He said that Jonesy called several times before he was able to pick up. “I finally picked up and he’s yelling on the other line,” Blasi said.

– Miami will play the early game on 4/9, at 5:00 pm.

Here and here are some photo galleries from the RedHawks 2-1 over Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night.

– For those that were unable to attend the team’s welcome home rally (me), here is a nice video recap of the arrival, with a police escort, might I add.

– Here is a round up of some of the nationally published articles about the RedHawks weekend:

Inside College Hockey

College Hockey News

US College Hockey Online

Bleacher Report

Dayton Daily News

NHL

NCAA

Cincinnati Enquirer

WCPO-TV

WKRC-TV

WLWT-TV

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Posted on March 30, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. >Hello,I contacted you towards the end of 2008 to see if you had any interest in blogging for http://www.collegefanz.com. I was wondering if you got a chance to read my comment over, and if you have any interest in the offer. Get back to me whenever you can at mgleeson@collegefanz.com.Mike

  2. >Two mediocre teams playing great hockey at just the right time. I love it when underdogs pull off these big upsets!

  3. >I appreciate all your efforts to keep us fans posted on the happenings of our Redhawks. You do a fabulous job!

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