Bemidji State hockey notebook: Rendle and Illo update, Carlson feature, WCHA weekend reading

The BSU men’s hockey team does not play until Saturday, but I thought I should have a Friday posting for my regular visitors. Your support is appreciated.

I don’t have a Bemidji State-North Dakota series preview here right now because I haven’t written it yet. I’ll have it up sometime Friday night. I will be in Grand Forks Saturday and Sunday to cover the games. You can follow my in-game updates on my twitter account at @estromgren and the recaps will be posted here and on As always, I’ll post my extra game photos on the blog.

As for some news, people around town have been asking me the status of freshman defenseman Sam Rendle and freshman forward Radoslav Illo this week.

Rendle (upper body injury) left in the first period of last Friday’s 5-5 tie with Colorado College, did not play Saturday and was ruled out for the UND series by BSU head coach Tom Serratore at Wednesday’s press conference. Serratore said he might be able to return next weekend against Minnesota.

Illo (lower body injury) did not play Saturday and Serratore said he will play this weekend.

If you want more BSU hockey reading for today, here’s what I have:

A feature story on BSU defenseman Matt Carlson. The Grand Forks native is earning regular playing time in the WCHA with nothing short of hard work.

A feature story on seniors of the Bemidji State women’s hockey team. They’ve gone through some brutal losing seasons and have enjoyed some success over the last two years.

Here’s my series preview for the BSU women, who need to limit the Lamoureux sisters to reach the WCHA Final Face-Off.

What I’m reading this week

Colorado College had a long ride home from Bemidji after last week’s series. The blizzard that socked the Twin Cities last weekend canceled the team’s flight, so they elected to stay on the bus to make the trip back to Colorado Springs – a 21-hour drive.

USCHO says North Dakota winning the MacNaughton Cup is inevitable.

USCHO also has a comparative feature story on Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State. The story profiles the different paths the teams have taken in the first year in the WCHA.

Timothy Boger writes about this weekend’s BSU-North Dakota series from a UND student’s perspective.

The Goon’s World blog has a look at the WCHA matchups this weekend and is predicting a Sioux sweep over the Beavers.

Former BSU goalie Matt Dalton was named the ECHL’s goalie of the week.

UMD radio broadcaster Bruce Ciskie looks at WCHA first round playoff scenarios on his blog.

UMD plays at Colorado College. Here’s some notes from Thursday’s CC practice from Tiger beat writer Joe Paisley. Here are three keys to the series. Former UMD head coach Mike Sertich is recovering after complications from ankle surgery.

Michigan Tech is at Minnesota. Goalie Kent Patterson and the Gophers are looking to get home ice for the playoffs. Houghton Mining Gazette writer K.D. Warvie checks in with the Huskies to talk about last Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Pioneers. It ended Tech’s 26 game winless streak.

St. Cloud State hosts Wisconsin this week. Here’s a look at the weekend from the Wisconsin angle from Chuck Schwartz’s Sixty Minutes blog. Wisconsin writer Andy Baggot reports the Badger coaching staff experimented breaking up the defensive pairing of Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner this week. Here’s a feature story on Ben Hanowski from Huskies beat writer Mick Hatten.

Denver travels to Nebraska-Omaha and will be without captain Kyle Ostrow again this week. The Pioneers and the Mavericks need no introduction, writes Chad Purcell of the Omaha World-Herald.

He’s a feature story on Denver’s Dusty Jackson, who is returning to his hometown to face the Mavs. I’m glad to see Jackson get some press this year. He’s one of the nicest players I’ve ever come across in hockey. Before moving to Bemidji, I covered Jackson when he played for the Southern Minnesota Express. The only reason he ended up there was because the Billings franchise folded and he was left without a team. Jackson was an asset for the Express that year and it was great to see him get a shot to play in the WCHA.

With Penn State’s new arena construction ahead of schedule, the Big 10 Hockey Conference could happen as soon as 2013 according to a recent report in the College Hockey News.

Here’s a feature on Hudson Fasching of Apple Valley and his family. Fasching is a sought after prep star and has received an invite to play for the Team USA Development Program. But he’s choosing to stay at home to be close to his brother and sister, who have brain disorders.

In case if you missed it last weekend at The Sanford Center, Bemidji resident John Martens made this shot from the red line to win a 60 inch television from Paul Bunyan Communications.

Martens looks like a pro in the video, but he told me it’s not something he practices and he has not skated on ice in a few years. He says his shot skills are refined in his driveway playing hockey with his two kids.