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North Dakota look to break Bemidji’s goaltending
The Highway 2 rivalry will be renewed this weekend at the Ralph Englestad Arena. The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks host the Bemidji State Beavers in men’s hockey.
The Beavers, who come in at 4-0, have swept Bowling Green and Northern Michigan.
The hot start for the Beavers puts them in the National Polls for the first time since 2010.
“Very experienced, hardworking team,” said head coach Brad Berry. “It’s a traditional Bemidji State team. It’s gonna be a tough weekend, and we know that.”
The Hawks are no strangers to being in the National polls, but this weekend will be the first big test for the defending national champions, who come in with a home sweep over Canisius, and a victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last weekend.
The Beavers will look to hand UND its first October loss under Brad Berry.
Normally, when these two teams meet for a non-conference match, it’s a home-and-home series where one game is in Bemidji and the other in Grand Forks.
Last time the Beavers beat the Hawks, it was at the Ralph on opening night in 2014. Since that night, UND has been impressive in front of their home fans, winning 34 games in a year and a half.
UND has been dominant on offense this season. They have been outshooting their opponents by an average of 25 shots.
Credit is due to the defense, but most of the shots are thanks to the offense, having picked up right where it left off last season.
While they have been phenomenal, there are still some things they can work on.
“The last couple games, chasing the lead, that’s something we have talked about,” Brad Berry said. “I don’t think our starts have been poor, it’s just execution on a couple things we …