Bemidji HS Saturday preview: Hockey, hoops highlight big day
Both Bemidji High hockey and basketball teams face action today in another busy Saturday.
The hockey teams will entertain Alexandria at Nymore Gardens, the girls starting at noon and the boys at 4 following the B Game at 2:30.
The games were moved up one hour to allow hockey fans to be able to witness the start of the BSU-Robert Morris game at 7:07 tonight.
The girls cagers host Thief River Falls at 2:30 while the boys make up last Saturday's postponement at Sauk Rapids in a 2:45 game.
Of the four, the boys hockey team faces the stiffest test, meeting a Cardinal team that reached 11-5-1 Thursday with an 8-0 win over Apollo.
They are in fifth place in the CLC race.
Bemidji dropped to 11-7 after falling to state ranked Hermantown 6-1 Thursday.
Last year the Jacks dropped a 2-1 decision at Alex with Lucas Phillips scoring the only goal.
The B Team brings a 17-1 mark to the opener.
The girls are coming into play after a 14-1 blowout at Detroit Lakes Thursday, their biggest scoring explosion of the winter.
Alex is 11-7-2 and in second place in the CLC behind the Sr. Cloud Icebreakers.
Last year, Bemidji prevailed 6-0 getting two goals from Alyssa Johnson, Karly Engen and Emily Larson. Only hut Larson from that trio is back this year.
The girls cagers should breeze past Thief River, team they defeated earlier this winter 60-32 at TRF.
They reached 14-1 with their overtime win at Brainerd Tuesday.
Kayla Hirt hit 28 to lead the way in that game, topping the 400 point mark for the year. She now has 416 and will likely see limited play against the Prowlers, a team that is 4-8, beating only Detroit Lakes, Warroad, Red Lake Falls and Park Rapids.
Kelsey Heisler, Abby Hendricks, Erika Weimann and Jess Yost will likely round out the starting cast with Megan Huseby, Caitlin Gangelhoff, Selina Gilbertson, Kenzie Kane and others also seeing extended service.
The B Team is 5-9 and the C Team 8-4 entering today's play.
The boys cagers come into battle at Sauk Rapids fresh from a dramatic 58-55 win over Cloquet Thursday, in a classic battle.
They will have to maintain their intensity today against Storm, team that has struggled and brings a 3-13 record into play but can be tougher than that at home.
Bemidji barely won last year's shootout 90-83 in its biggest offensive explosion of the year.
Carey Woods hit 27 to pace Thursday's win, his second best night of the year. He had 29 against St. Cloud Cathedral here in December.
Ryan Rude, held to a season low eight Thursday, will likely be back around the 20 point mark. Dan Frost, Grant Richardson and Czar Woods round out the starting five with Harley Kroening, Mitch Brown, Josh Kane and Cody Rutledge alternating in.
The B Team, like the varsity, is 10-4. The freshmen are 2-8 but improving with each outing.