Bemidji State women’s hockey reaches No. 8 in national poll for highest ranking in program history

Bemidji State's Kim Lieder reacts after scoring during the first period against North Dakota. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State women’s hockey team is ranked No. 8 in this week’s national poll. The poll ranks the top 10 Division I hockey programs in the country.

This week’s apperance marks the highest national ranking in program history.

BSU has appeared in the weekly poll since Oct. 1 this season. BSU made the top 10 for the first time in program history the week of Oct. 31 after a series split against No. 2 Minnesota, but dropped out after a split the following week at Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU has received votes in the poll all other weeks.

BSU (10-5-2 overall, 6-5-1-0 WCHA) has three wins against nationally ranked teams this season. BSU defeated No. 6 North Dakota 3-2 last Saturday at the Sanford Center to split the weekend series after a 5-2 loss to the Fighting Sioux in Crookston.

The Beavers do not play this weekend and remain at the Sanford Center Dec. 9-10 to face current No. 1 Wisconsin.

Other WCHA teams ranked in the national poll are Minnesota (2), North Dakota (5) and Minnesota-Duluth (9).

Click here for the WCHA women’s standings

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