The Bemidji High girls hockey team jumped to a 3-0 lead Saturday afternoon and held on to outlast the Fergus Falls Otters 3-2 in the Friendly Frozen confines of Nymore Gardens.
It was the seventh win in eight starts for Bemidji which faces a key battle at Crookston Tuesday before returning home to host Warroad Thursday in a game shifted to BSU.
Fergus (2-5) lost for the fifth straight time, three of the setbacks by 3-2 scores and the other pair 2-0.
It appeared at the start as if Bemidji was going to control the game.
It scored early on its first power play with Janie Johnson scoring her third goal of the year off feeds from Jess Hunt and Alli Lapp.
That lead lingered for 10 minutes before Chaniel Nelson recorded her second goal at the end of a rush on the net with Becca Gregg and Shelby Sauer getting the feeds.
Bemidji out shot the Otters 11-4 in the stanza and seemed well in control.
It seemed more to start the second period when Lapp hit for the fifth time this year at 1:17 from close range with Casey Miller and Johnson getting the feeds.
But while Bemidji kept firing shots at goalie Kalee Were the rest of the period, none found the range.
Fergus broke into the scoring column at 9:09 when Cristina Masten completed a 2 on 1 break and came within a goal at 13:57 when Aimee Magnusson hit of a Masten feed while on the power play.
Bemidji held a 13-10 lead in shots on goal in the period.
Accustomed to strong final periods, the Jacks did so again with a 14-3 bulge in shots.
But none of the 14 got by Were who made a number of impressive saves to keep the Otters within a single defensive mistake of knotting the score. Fortunately, there were none with the home team keeping the puck in the offensive zone for long periods of time.
Laura Thompson made her season debut in goal turning back 15 shots. Were ended with 35.
There were only five whistles in the game, three on Fergus. Each team had a power play goal, Bemidji's sixth in its last four games after going 0-12 in its first four.
The game got off to late start with Fergus arriving at 12:30,. Thinking it was playing both varsity and JV games. Bemidji has no JV team this year.
It ended at 2:40 to be followed by the boys JV home with Apollo.
Fergus Falls 0 2 0---2
Bemidji 2 1 0---3
FIRST PERIOD: Bem-Johnson (J. Hunt-Lapp) 2:27 pp; Bem-Nelson (Gregg-Sauer) 12:27; Penalties: FF-Styve,.hook 1:38
SECOND PERIOD: Bem-Lapp- (Miller-Johnson) 1:17; FF-Masten (Swenson) 9:09; FF-Magnusson (Masten) 13:57 pp; Penalties: FF-Vatnsdal, cross check 3:10; Bem-Heifort, trip 10:19; Bem-A. Hunt, trip 13:33
THIRD PERIOD: None; Penalty; FF-Swenson, check 11:59
FF-Were 9 12 14---35
Bem-L. Thompson 4 8 3---15
Power plays: Bemidji 1-3, FF 1-2
Officials: Frank Fairbanks and Jim Dahedl