Bemidji HS boys hockey rolls past Monticello for shutout
Sophomore Jordan Heller scored his first two goals of the season Friday night as the Bemidji Lumberjacks overpowered Monticello 5-0 in high school boys hockey at Nymore Gardens.
Bemidji moved to 2-0 and has outscored its opponents 15-1 with some solid teamwork and puck movement.
"We're playing well in all facets of the game," said Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo. "We're competing hard, playing the game the right way and doing all the little things. It's a good start for the Lumberjacks."
Bemidji peppered Stars goalie Gary Welch with 50 shots, dominating play from the start. The Jacks had 13 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game.
But it took most of the first period for the Jacks to get on the board. Luke Burns buried a rebound after teammate Isaac Bitter charged hard at the net and fired the initial shot at Welch.
Jesse Nemgar made it 2-0 just over a minute later on a shorthanded breakaway goal, beating Welch with a hard wrist shot top shelf. The play was set up by Kevin Larson, who gained control of the puck in the Bemidji zone and flipped a soft pass off the boards to Nemgar at center ice.
Mike Rees was credited with an assist on the play, but passed the credit to Larson after the game.
"Kevin and I were working together down low and he could have iced the puck, but he made a nice pass instead," Rees said.
Heller scored his first goal late in the first. Tyler Follis made a nice pass from the left boards and Heller poked the puck past Welch.
Rees scored the only goal of the second period with persistence, slamming in his own rebound on the doorstep.
Heller completed the scoring with the only goal of the third period, tipping in a shot from the point by Matt Heitala.
"We're moving the puck well and just connecting," said Rees, a senior forward. "I'm not surprised by our fast start."
Miah Graves got his second win in goal for the Jacks, rejecting all 18 Monticello shots.
"Miah is doing everything we've asked him to do," Chiodo said.
Bemidji returns to the Nymore ice Dec. 10 for a Section 8-2A game against Moorhead.
The junior varsity game was a rout as Bemidji rolled to a 15-0 victory. Matt Serratore and Chris Isensee each scored three goals for the Jacks, and Jake White and James Bofferding added two apiece.