Persistence eventually was rewarded as the Bemidji boys hockey team pelted Crookston goalie Josh Noyes with 42 shots and posted a 6-0 victory Tuesday at Nymore Arena.
Noyes held his ground until the midway point of the game. The senior stopped 11 of 12 shots in the opening period and continued that stellar play through the first half of the second stanza.
His shell began to crack 11 minutes into the second period, however, when Will Bruestle converted a feed from Jake White. A few minutes later the shell shattered as Matt Serratore clanked a shot off the post and into the net while the Jacks were playing shorthanded.
Bemidji continued its attack in the final 17 minutes and the effort was rewarded with goals by Tyler Follis at the 43-second mark, Jordan Heller at 1:14 and Tyler Tatro at 12:11. The latter two goals came on the power play as did Bemidji's first-period tally by Steven Heller.
"We moved the puck extremely well," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo. "The kids were buzzing all night and played with a lot of zip in the legs."
Noyes kept the Pirates in contention as long as he could but Bruestle's tally signaled the beginning of the end.
"We had so many good shots and quality chances but we'd either hit the post, tip it just wide or the goalie would make a great save," Chiodo said. "When Will scored the pressure seemed to be gone and everybody relaxed. And when we relaxed the puck started to find the net."
Bemidji's six goals came off the sticks of six different players and that is a trend that Chiodo enjoys seeing.
"Six different guys scored goals. It's different guys scoring each night," the coach said. "The strength of this team is the ability of all three lines to convert their opportunities. And that was evident again Tuesday."
Jeremiah Graves needed only nine saves to record his fifth shutout of the winter.
Bemijdi, 11-1-1, returns to action Thursday when it hosts East Grand Forks at The Sanford Center.
Crookston 0 0 0 - 0
Bemidji 1 2 3 - 6
First period: 1. B, S.Heller (unassisted) 4:51 PP
Second period: 2. B, Bruestle (White) 11:04; 3. B, Serratore (unassisted) 15:23 SH
Third period: 4. B, Follis (J.Heller, S.Heller) 0:43; 5. B, J.Heller (Follis) 1:14 PP; 6. B, Tatro (unassisted) 12:11 PP
Saves: Noyes (C) 11-13-12-36; Graves (B) 3-3-3-9
Penalties-minutes: Crookston 4-8, Bemidji 2-4