Bemidji High girls hockey team seeks third straight win
The Bemidji girls hockey team shoots for its third straight victory tonight when it heads north to battle the Prowlers at Thief River Falls.
The rebuilt Bemidji sextet made an impressive debut last weekend winning at Prior Lake 3-1 and Wayzata 5-2.
It is favored to make it three straight tonight, setting the stage for a key Tuesday night home debut with Roseau.
The Prowlers started 0-2, bowing to So. St. Paul 6-3 in their opener Friday and to East Grand Forks 3-2 Tuesday.
Bemidji won the lone meeting of the pair last year 6-0 at home with Kaia Sele posting the shutout. Of this year's team, Shelby Sauer had one of the six goals.
Bemidji showed its expected tight defense and strong net minding in its first two games.
But it also showed an better attack than expected for the early season.
Newcomer Allie Lapp led the way with three goals while Becca Gregg had two and Sauer, Casey Miller and Emily Larson one.
Lapp is one of five graduates of last year's U-14 team who have moved to the varsity this year.
That team took consolation honors at the state meet and ended 24-10-1.
Lapp led the scoring with 106 points while Karleigh Wolkerstorfer had 66, Caitlin Blotske 55 and Allie Heifort 54. Goalie Emily Denzer ended with a 2.38 gpg average.
Lapp has joined Sauer and Gregg on the first line with Chaniel Nelson, Janie Johnson and Miller on the second and Wolkerstorfer, Meghan Wannebo and Heifort on the third.
Defensive pairs are Larson and Jess Hunt, Annie Swartz and Amanda Hunt and Megan Phelps with Blotske,
Maria Thompson will be the likely starter in the net after rejecting 27 of the 30 shots she faced last weekend.
Thief River scored the opening goal against SSP before the Packers registered six straight before yielding two in the closing four minutes.
The Prowlers dressed four eighth graders and two seventh graders for the game but only three seniors and two juniors.
Eighth grader Madison Holen scored the opening period goal and Abby Wisneski and Maddy Aandal scored in the third,
The Packers out shot TRF 33-12.
Tuesday, East Side took a 3-0 lead in the second period, only to see Thief River battle back on goals by Megan Berglund and Caitlin Hunt but fell one goal short of a tie.
Kaylee Koop made 41 saves in the Prowlers goal as the Wave held a strong 44-21 shots advantage.