It’s finally over for Bemidji, which captured the imagination of the college hockey world. The Beavers might have been an unknown commodity to the casual fan, but people that follow the sport know of the long tradition of excellence that began under R.H. “Bob” Peters and continued into the Division I era under Tom Serratore, who played for Peters in the mid-80’s.
“We had a nice run,” said Serratore. “Thank you everybody in here. A lot of kind words the last couple of weeks. And Bemidji State University really appreciates it.”
“It’s a feel good story for a lot of people out there,” said senior Cosy Bostock. ” It’s something special to be a part of. You want to thank everyone out there.Unfortunately, tonight we came up on the wrong end, but it’s been a good run. The time of a lifetime. Something I’ll never forget. I’m real proud of our guys and I’m real proud to be a Bemidji State University hockey player.”
Bemidji has now played in national semifinals at the Division III (and won a title), Division II (and won five titles) and now Division I. No matter what the future holds, Bemidji will always have Grand Rapids and Washington.
“It’s memories that last a lifetime,” said Serratore. “And playing in the Frozen Four is unchartered waters. Not many hockey players get an opportunity to play in something like this. That’s what they have to take from it. Obviously when you lose it stings, but you have to get over it. But after you reflect back and you look at it and, you know what, you’re proud that you were able to participate in an event like this.”