Bemidji State advances to Frozen Four
After a 4-1 win over Cornell in the NCAA Midwest Regional Final, Bemidji State will be Minnesota’s lone representative at the Frozen Four later this month in Washington D.C.
The Bemidji Pioneer is reporting the Beavers as the first 16 seed to ever reach the Frozen Four. Bemidji State defeated Notre Dame 5-1 on Saturday in semifinal action before taking down Cornell in the championship game.
"We knew this was possible because we believed," BSU coach Tom Serratore said. "You can't understand that unless you were in the locker room or affiliated with Beaver hockey. We get to represent the state of Minnesota and we're proud of that. You don't know if something like this is ever going to happen again."
The Beavers will face Miami (Ohio) in a Frozen Four semifinal game at 4 p.m. April 9 in Washington, D.C. Boston University and Vermont will play in the other semifinal. The winner of both games will play for the national championship.
Bemidji State’s success in the national tournament and the fact that the Beavers outlasted every Western Collegiate Hockey Association team this year definitely shines a bright light on the program, which is attempting to join the WCHA next season.