Bulldogs Set to Battle Tough Bemidji State
UMD Wraps Up 2016 Against WCHA Leaders, Avery Peterson Makes Debut
DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the University of Minnesota Duluth plays the Twin Ports’ last college hockey games of 2016 as the Bulldogs battle Bemidji State in a home and series.
UMD, still ranked No. 1 in the nation, though that won’t matter to the Beavers. The Bulldogs haven’t beaten Bemidji since 2011 and 0–4–1 against the Beavers over the last four seasons.
Scott Sandelin’s team goes into the weekend with a 3–1–2 non–conference mark, but coach knows the Beavers won’t be an easy match-up.
“These are big games,” said Sandelin. “They’re big non–conference games against a very good team, a team that’s leading the WCHA, that’s not an easy task. They’ve got 13 wins and it’s not by accident, they’re a strong team and this is going to be a real big challenge for us. Obviously we have not had success against them the last four years.”
Again, the weekend is a home and home series. Friday night’s game will be played at AMSOIL Arena with Saturday’s at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Puck drop set for 7:07 both nights.
Also, Saturday’s game in Bemidji is shaping up to be the Bulldog debut for Avery Peterson, the Grand Rapids, Minn. native who transferred to UMD from Omaha a year ago.
Peterson, who has been practicing with the team since last season, will finally eligible to play Saturday. and the 2014 Minnesota Mr. Hockey is excited to be able to contribute.
“Just to put that Bulldog sweater on, I’ll officially be part of the team in my eyes,” said Peterson. “The coaches have done a good job of telling me I’m part of the team, but personally I feel like once you contribute to a game, it’s a whole other level. It’s definitely an exciting feeling, there’s a lot of people from Grand Rapids coming to watch that game, so it’ll be fun.”