Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.
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BEMIDJI, Minn.—The wait is over. The dates and matchups for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 in Bemidji are set. The dates: Jan. 17-19, 2019. The matchups: Bemidji girls vs. Woodbury; Bemidji State men vs. Michigan Tech; Minnetonka boys vs. Andover; Bemidji State women vs. Minnesota State; and Bemidji boys vs. Greenway. Representatives from the Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the local organizing committee made the announcement at a ceremony Sunday morning, July 1, on the Lake Bemidji waterfront near the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue.
EDMONTON, Alta.—The big moment finally arrived for Zach Whitecloud. The former Bemidji State defenseman made his NHL debut Thursday night for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. The rookie told media Thursday afternoon that he had received word the previous day that he would make his first appearance in the lineup.
RED LAKE, Minn.—Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, continuing the same regulation that was in place this past winter and the previous 2017 open water season, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources release.
FARGO, N.D.—Jamie Sinclair's team finished at the top of the podium for the second straight year, winning the women's national title Saturday, March 10, with a 6-5 victory over the Cory Christensen rink at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo, N.D. Greg Persinger's team topped Heath McCormick's rink 7-5 to claim the men's championship and wrap up the week-long tournament.
FARGO, N.D.—Cory Christensen's team clinched its first appearance in the women's championship final after defeating Cora Farrell's rink 6-3 Friday afternoon, March 9, in the semifinal of the USA Curling National Championships at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. Christensen and her Duluth rink, which includes Bemidji's Natalie Nicholson, will face undefeated Jamie Sinclair and her team in the championship final at 12:30 p.m. today.
FARGO—Curling runs deep in the Fenson family. Never has that been more evident than this week. Pete Fenson, 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and one of the most decorated Americans the sport has seen, is competing alongside his oldest son, Alex Fenson, at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo. Meanwhile, the Bemidji, Minn., family also is occupied with younger son, Graem Fenson, in action for the U.S. at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships in Scotland. Not that this is anything new for the Fensons.
FARGO—Jamie Sinclair's team finished round-robin play undefeated at 7-0 Wednesday, March 7, to secure the top seed in the women's playoffs at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo. The Sinclair rink defeated Ann Podoll's team 8-1 to wrap up the round robin at Scheels Arena and received a bye to the final Saturday, March 10. The Cora Farrell and Cory Christenson rinks each finished at 5-2 and will meet in a semifinal Friday, March 9, with the winner advancing to the final.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A would-be miraculous comeback attempt nearly saved the Bemidji State men's hockey team's season Saturday night, March 3, but it was not meant to be. The fourth-seeded Beavers fell 5-4 to fifth-seeded Michigan Tech in Game 2 of a WCHA quarterfinal-round playoff series as the Huskies advanced to the semifinals with the series sweep.
BEMIDJI—Playing in March is a welcomed reward for the Bemidji State women's hockey team. For only the third time in program history, the Beavers will compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff. In the program's 20 years of existence, this team has already put itself in select company. "It's pretty special," BSU coach Jim Scanlan said. "To be able to play in March, the month of March, is a very special accomplishment. I know this group certainly isn't (going to) be just happy to be there."
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A trio of unanswered goals had spotted the Bemidji State men's hockey team a 3-1 lead early in the second period of the Friday night, March 2, WCHA Playoff quarterfinal series game at the Sanford Center. However, the Beavers could not quite weather a rash of four straight penalties—including a pair of game misconducts—in the final 20 minutes, 30 seconds of the contest. Michigan Tech equalized on the power play in the final seven minutes and scored the go-ahead goal with 1:30 remaining to walk away with a 5-3 Game 1 victory.