The 2014-2015 season was characterized as a changing of the guard. As a team that has been deep with juniors and seniors for the past 3-4 seasons, saw a youth movement. The team had only nine upper classman, which led to many outsiders characterizing the Beavers as a team in the midst of a minor rebuild. Early on in the season those outsiders looked to be correct with their answer. The Beavers struggled which included be swept on three different occaisions. The Beavers were swept both home and away by the defending national champion Arizona State and included one of the lowest points of the season being swept all four games on a road trip to Oklahoma. The Beavers having felt the adversity early on in the season had other ideas. After a big win against the Arizona Wildcats, the Beavers rallied off 18 wins in a row propelling the team to #3 in the nation heading into the national tournament and earning a first round bye. Heading into nationals the Beavers came from behind to win in overtime against the Davenport Panthers in round 2. In the quarterfinals the Beavers once again found themselves trailing the Ohio Bobcats in the third period. The Beavers handled the adversity once again coming back in dramatic fashion and winning in overtime to advance to their second final four in three years. The Beavers came up short losing to the eventual champion University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The season was characterized as a huge success as the Beavers advanced to the quarter finals for their 4th straight season. National awards included Jeremy Johnson being named 2nd Team All-American. National All-Tournament award winners were Austin Yano and Cole Olson both being named to the 2nd Team All-Tournament.
The 2013-2014 season was an exciting season for the program. It had many highs and many lows and ended with a third consecutive quarter final appearance at the national tournament. The team came out of the gates on fire winning their first nine games, garnering the #1 ranking for almost two months. A couple bumps along the road including four consecutive losses in overtime or shoot-out to cross state rival Williston State and losing the number one ranking in mid November. The Beavers became resilient at the end of the season defeating a number of teams ranked inside the top 20 including Ohio, Arizona, and Illinois. The Beavers came to the national tournament ranked 9th. They faced the 8th ranked and host University of Delaware in front of a boisterous crowd. The Beavers prevailed with an 3-2 overtime win on the back of forward Josh Rutherford’s breakaway goal. The Beavers advanced to play the #1 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. The Beavers fell 4-0 to the eventual champion. The season was highlighted by one major weekend. On October 5th in conjunction with Alumni Weekend the Beavers raised the Championship Banner which proudly hangs in the rafters of the MAYSA Arena. There was once again success for the Beavers off the ice as freshman Jeremy Johnson was named to the first team all-rookie team.
The 2012-2013 season was one of the ages! After finishing off the regular season with a record of 27-4 the Beavers entered the National Tournament hosted by Robert Morris University (IL) ranked 3rd in the nation. The Beavers beat the 14th ranked University of Central Oklahoma in round one 5-0. In the quarter finals the Beavers were able to come from behind to win in overtime over 6th ranked University of Oklahoma 4-3. In the semi finals the Beavers knocked off 4th ranked Ohio University 5-1. In the final the Beavers hoisted their first ever national championship with a 9-5 win over 9th ranked Lindenwood University. The season was very successful the ice. Logan Herauf, Nigel Dube and Wyatt Waselenchuk were all awarded All-American Honors. Goalie Wyatt Waselenchuk was awarded the ACHA Player-of-the-Year and Head Coach Wade Regier awarded the ACHA Coach-of-the-Year.
The 2011-2012 campaign was characterized as an up and down season. The Beavers entered the season ranked 7th on a hot streak winning 6 of their first 7 games. It was, until the middle of November when the Beavers went into a major four game slide. It was a after a loss against In-State rival Williston State College when the season began to take off. This was known as the “streak”. The Beavers went on to rally off 19 straight wins heading into the national tournament as the hottest team and the 7th seed. The Beavers would end up losing to Lindenwood University in the quarter final.
The 2010-2011 season was considered a complete disappointment. It was a new era for Beaver Hockey as Head Coach Wade Regier took over the reigns of the program after being an assistant for two seasons under former Head Coach Sheldon Schneider. The Beavers had an unbelievable regular season with an impressive regular season record 26-2-3. The Beavers entered the national tournament as the 6th seed and huge national championship aspirations. Those aspirations were dashed early in overtime as the Beavers were upended by 11th seed Oakland University.
The 2009-2010 season was a cornerstone year for the Beaver Hockey program. After a 5 year hiatus from the national tournament the Beavers were back! Lead by 3rd year Coach Sheldon Schneider the Beavers were able to muster some signature wins against University of Rhode Island, University of Oklahoma and Iowa State University. It was these big wins that lead to Minot State coming in to the national tournament as the 8th seed. The Beavers used their momentum coming in to the national tournament to beat Oakland University in round 1 eventually losing to Lindenwood in the quarter finals. Head Coach Sheldon Schneider was rewarded for all of his hard work by being named one of four finalists for Coach-of-the-Year.
The 2008-2009 season was great year for the program. It was the first time the team cracked the top 25 in the nation finishing the season ranked 21st. It was a big step forward for the program who hadn’t been ranked in over 4 years. There were couple signature wins including Rhode Island, Oakland University and Iowa State. Another major high light was forward Kent Lillejord being named to the annual ACHA All Star Game.
The 2007-2008 season was characterized as a season of transition. In came first year Head Coach Sheldon Schneider. Sheldon was able to change the culture of the team and bring in a new community first attitude. It had paid off as team improved substantially losing three, one goal games to the 2nd, 5th and 10th ranked teams in the country.
The 2006-2007 team experience its largest recruiting class in team history. Under second year Head Coach Bernie Lynch the team brought in 18 new recruits. This youth movement brought some much youthful to the program which saw an increase attendance and excitement to the rink. The season was highlighted with a 15 game winning streak in the middle.. Off the ice the team was able to experienced a big step forward with a brand new and much improved locker room at the All Seasons Arena.
The 2005-2006 season was considered a rebuilding year due to a large graduating the previous year. The team had many holes to fill and struggled to win games through out the season. First year Head Coach Bernie Lynch knew change was needed and recruiting need to increase. Despite the teams struggles on the ice the team experience its biggest moment in program history. The years of financial struggles were over as the Student Government Association was able to pass an activity fee directed to the hockey program. This fee laid down the financial stability the team desperately needed.
The 2004-2005 season was a very tragic season. It was saddened with the passing of former player and two time All-American Caley Cox. The team struggled on the ice but despite those struggles the team played well down the stretch. This was highlighted with a big 7-6 overtime win on the night the team honored Caley Cox. The number 22 was retired that night in his honor.
The 2003-2004 season was characterized as the almost season. The team had one of its toughest schedules ever going 15-15-2. Heading into the national tournament as the 5th seed the team couldn’t get by the 4 time champion Penn State University. The Beavers went on to beat the University of Rhode Island in the 3rd place game.
The 2002-2003 edition of the Beavers once again had major expectations. After finishing the regular season with a 19-9 season the Beavers entered the national tournament held in Arizona as the 3rd seed. The team failed to meet expectations after being upset in round robin play and finished 5th in the nation.
The 2001-2002 season was the best in program history to that point. The Beavers went 18-4 and entered the national tournament ranked 5th. The team once again came in with expectations and once again met the University of Illinois in the semi finals. The Beavers went on to beat Iowa State University in the 3rd place game. The Beavers finished third in the nation highest in team history to that point.
The Beavers came out of the gates on fire in the 2000-2001 season. The team ended up with a 23-3 record and came into the national tournament hosted by the University of Arizona as the 3rd seed. The team had high hopes as they moved along at the tournament only to be upset by the University of Illinois ending up 6th in the nation. Another highlight for the team that season was Head Coach Brian Wilkie receiving his 100th victory.
The 1999-2000 season was one of the most historic seasons ever in program history. It was the only time in league history that the national tournament was held here in he beautiful city of Minot. The team team didn’t disappoint the local faithful and had an excellent tournament. In front of one of the largest crowds in program history Minot State lost 5-4 in a round robin game to eventual champion Penn State University in overtime. The team finished 7th in the final ACHA Rankings.
The team finished the season with a record of 27-9. The Beavers finished ranked 9th in the ACHA just barely missing a bid to the 8 team national tournament.
The Beavers went 23-6-3 on the season. It was a historic season for the program as it was the first time the team expanded its schedule to play some of the major universities in the ACHA. These included teams like Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, University of Arizona and the University of Colorado. It was a success for the program to finally establish themselves as a legitimate contender in the ACHA.
The 1996-1997 season was a historic one. The team joined the American Collegiate Hockey association this year laying down the foundation for future seasons. The team was largely made up of ex junior players and transfer students MSU-Bottineau. The team went 15-9 and finished 15th in the ACHA Rankings.
College hockey arrives to Minot! The inaugural season began in the fall of 1995. The team consisted players from Minot High, as well as Canadian Football players in the off-season. The team played only six games that year and recorded its first win on March 8th 1996 against Canadian Senior team the Carnduff Red Devils. The team was coached by Brian Wilkie.