Beaver Fever Friday – Eric Pohlkamp – Mens Hockey

Beavers welcome (RV) Huskies to Sanford Center to continue CCHA play

BSU Men’s Hockey hosts (RV) Michigan Tech for another CCHA series

The Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey team returns to Sanford Center this weekend to host (RV) Michigan Technological University for a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association series, Friday and Saturday.

The Beavers (3-5-0, 2-2-0 CCHA)) face the Huskies (2-4-3, 0-0-0 CCHA) for a two-game league series beginning Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:07 p.m., with game two to follow Saturday at 6:07 p.m.

Each game will be streamed online at with play-by-play provided by the Beaver Radio Network with Brian Schultz on play-by-play and Brian Bissonette on color commentary. A Beaver Radio Network radio broadcast will also be available for each game and can be found on the dial at 92.1 FM or online at

The Bemidji State and Michigan Tech series dates back to the 2006-07 season when the two teams met outside of conference play. When the Beavers joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2010-11 the two teams have played for league points ever since.

The all-time series is as close as it can get and the series is tied 21-21-7 through 49 games.

The Beavers are 14-11-1 when hosting the Huskies but Michigan Tech took both games in last season’s series at Sanford Center.

The Huskies are currently riding a three-game unbeaten streak versus the Beavers (2-0-1) and took seven of 12 league points from the Beavers last year.

Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore is 21-21-7 when coaching against the Huskies in his 23 seasons at the helm of the BSU Men’s Hockey program.

Fifth-year captain Kyle Looft has seen the most action against the Huskies and in 17 career games, he is a +6 skater with one point against MTU.

Sophomore Lleyton Roed is the leading active skater against Michigan Tech and in four career games, he has totaled six points off four goals and two assists. Senior Eric Martin follows with three goals and two assists in 12 games.

Junior Mattias Sholl leads BSU netminders with eight starts against the Huskies and is 3-4-1 with 2.64 goals against average and .898 save percentage.

One week after returning to the national poll, the Beavers dropped back out after two losses at Lake Superior State University. The Beavers are unranked in the USA Hockey/The Rink Live top-20 poll as well.

Michigan Tech travels to Bemidji receiving votes in both national polls.

Bemidji State looks to regroup after earning one point in its series at Lake Superior State last weekend.

The Beavers trailed 3-0 after the first 18 minutes of each game but last minute goals from Kirklan Irey and Liam Engström pulled the Beavers within two before the first horn.

The Beavers managed to rally back and send game one to overtime to earn a point against the Lakers but ran out of steam in game two, falling 5-1.

Roed scored the Beavers’ second goal on Friday night to extend his goal scoring streak to four games but failed to score in game two to end it at four.

Roed paces the Beavers with eight points in eight games and his seven goals are tied for the CCHA lead and tied for sixth in Division I.

Looft is the Beavers leading point-getter from the blueline and is second on the team with seven points (2g-5a) in eight games. He has the second-most points among CCHA defensemen.

Looft is also one the best defenseman in his own zone in the league and has blocked 15 shots, fourth most in the conference and is a +2 skater.

16 Beavers have recorded a point so far this season with eight scoring a goal.

15 of the Beavers’ 19 goals this season have been scored by underclassmen with sophomore Lleyton Roed leading the team with seven goals.

All four of the Beavers’ goals last weekend were scored by underclassmen.

The Beavers are seventh in the conference in goals for per game and are sixth in goals against per game. Bemidji State averages 2.38 goals per game while allowing 3.25 per game.

BSU ranks fifth in the league with a .135 power-play percentage (5-37). BSU’s power play came up empty in its eight chances last series.

The Beavers penalty kill is eighth in the league at .692 percent (18-26).

The Beavers allowed two power-play goals on three chances last weekend at LSSU.

2023-24 is the 68th season of Bemidji State Men’s Hockey and 25th in Division I. The Beavers are 1,174-689-150 (.624) in 67 seasons and 388-395-102 (.501) in Division I.

Head coach Tom Serratore enters his 23rd season at the helm of the Bemidji State Men’s Hockey program. He is 371-349-97 (.515) in his coaching career.

Serratore stands 12th in career victories among active head coaches in Division I and his career winning percentage of .515 is 17th.