Big weekend at Bemidji State for hockey and football

Greetings from an early morning/late night here in The Pioneer newsroom.

Sorry for the lack of postings over the last few days. It’s been a little busy around here with the Twins excitement and preparing for what should be a good sports weekend in Bemidji.

For hockey fans, the Bemidji State men’s hockey team opens the season at home against Air Force. It will be the first games back at The Glas since Matt Read scored the overtime winner to beat Robert Morris in the CHA Championship last March…we all know what happened after that.

The hockey team has been kind enough to grant myself/The Pioneer access to produce weekly video reports on the team. Like the football videos I’ve been producing, this will be a nice addition to The Pioneer and bring the fans closer to the game.

Here’s this week’s video.


Apologies on the video’s sound quality. When no one is inside The Glas, the building turns into one big cave with echoes all over the place. I didn’t anticipate the background noise being that severe and that won’t happen next week.


Producing video is a new thing for a reporter like me. I went to school to learn how to write, not be a TV man. I don’t have the hair nor the cheesy smile for it. Kidding aside, video reporting for newspapers on the Internet is going to be a big part of our business and I believe in it. I’m trying to produce the videos in a clean, professional style — just bear with me as I fight through some bugs.

Pioneer BSU men’s hockey beat writer John J. McRae is working on a series of stories leading into the weekend, which you can read here.

Season preview story

Feature on captain Chris McKelvie

Back to the upcoming weekend.

On Friday night, the Bemidji High School football team will take on mighty Sartell at Chet Anderson Stadium in the homecoming game. It should be a fun game. Bring your hats and gloves because it may snow. Seriously.

The Bemidji State football team will look to rebound at home Saturday afternoon against high-flying Wayne State. The Wildcats are averaging just over 500 yards of offense per game behind the arm of quarterback Silas Fluellen.

The game is essentially a must-win for the Beavers. A loss would pretty much eliminate the Beavers from national playoff contention or a Mineral Water Bowl bid.

BSU had an inconsistent game last week and were hampered by problems on special teams. The Beavers are certainly exceeding expectations this year as a young team. Losses like last week are almost inevitable with a young team. Young teams tend to have moments of inconsistency.

There’s thoughts out there that the Beavers may pack the season in after last week’s loss to St. Cloud State. I don’t think that’s going to happen knowing how the coaching staff prepares the team and the team’s ability to shrug off big wins as well as tough losses.

Oh, and the forecast calls for a high of 37 and a 20 percent chance of snow on Saturday. Stay warm!

Also opening the hockey season at The Glas is the BSU women’s hockey team Sunday at 4 p.m. against Wisconsin. The first of the two game set will be played Saturday night in Coleraine.

It’s a tough draw for the Beavers to open the season after losing twice on the road at No. 1 ranked Mercyhurst last weekend.

The defending national champion Badgers are ranked No. 4 in the country in the latest poll.

I ran in to BSU women’s hockey assistant coach Shane Veenker Thursday on campus and had a chance to catch up with him.

He acknowledged the start to the season is a tough one, but he said the team does not want or expect games to be easy. Veenker says the team is “taking steps forward.”

After watching the Twins’ epic game, he said the BSU women should take from their example and believe that anything is possible.