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Fans in Bemidji welcome home the Bemidji State University men's hockey team from Michigan at 2 a.m. today. The Beavers defeated Cornell to gain entrance for the first time to the NCAA men's hockey championship tournament, the Frozen Four, in Washington, D.C. (Bemidji Pioneer photo)

Tense excitement erupts at Bemidji bar as Beavers make history

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While the Beavers played in Van Andel Arena four states away, the scene in Bemidji was tense excitement early Sunday evening.

Around 75 people gathered at The Ground Round in Bemidji to watch the Midwest Regional Championship between Bemidji State and Cornell on five television screens at the restaurant/bar located on the northwest side of town.

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The mood was quiet early on as the two teams played out a scoreless first period.

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