Bemidji HS Thursday preview: Jacks boys hockey hosts arch rival Moorhead
Three Bemidji High sports teams will be in action tonight.
The boys hockey team has the home spotlight, hosting arch rival Moorhead in the first of a home and home series. The replay will be at Moorhead Feb. 9.
The girls hockey and basketball teams head east to Grand Rapids for stern tests.
Tonight's hockey game has been moved to BSU in hopes of drawing a better crowd. It has also been moved back 15 minutes to 7:30 with the JV contest starting at 5:30.
Both teams bring unbeaten marks into play. Bemidji beat East Grand Forks and Monticello in its first two starts, both by lop sided scores.
Moorhead won its opener over Grand Rapids 4-1 Friday.
The pair met twice last year with Moorhead blowing out the Jacks 7-1 in the first meeting.
But Bemidji shocked the Spuds 3-2 in the return go with Noah Nemgar, Max Hazelton and Jared Bergquist scoring goals.
The star of the game that night, however, was Derek Dudgeon who rejected 41 of the 43 shots he faced.
The Jacks have shown a stepped up attack in their first two outings, scoring 15 times in a show of power.
Coach Wade Chiodo has his team assaulting the net looking for loose pucks and rebounds for close range goals.
They may be harder to come by tonight, however, against an always tough Moorhead team.
"We know they skate hard and they play hard," said Chiodo "and we will have to play our best to win."
No line changes are planned. Nemgar will center Mike Rees and Rylee Curb on one line.,
Lucas Phillips will be flanked by Luke Burns and Steve Heller on a second. Will Bruestle and John Forseth will be wings on the Hazelton line with Brady Devescovi and Jordan Heller skating with Tyler Follis on a fourth.
Defensive pairs find Kevin Larson with Matt Hietala, Joseph Welle with Isaac Bitter and Cameron Dahedl with Tyler Tatro.
Dillon Eichstadt and Jake White could also be in the lineup.
Miah Graves will man the net.
The JV also is undefeated, outscoring its two foes 20-0 including a 15-0 rout of Monticello in its last start.
Off to the Rapids
The girls sextet also starts a home and home set at GR tonight. Their second meeting is Jan. 28 at BSU.
Again, it will pair two evenly matched teams and provide Matt Menne's forces with another stern test.
They passed one Tuesday with a 3-0 win over East Grand Forks, limiting the Wave to 15 shots.
That lifted the girls to 5-1, the only loss to Roseau.
The Rapids is 4-4-2 but has played a demanding schedule. The ties came with Duluth and CEC with a 3-1 win over Alexandria included.
Seek fourth straight
She will be joined by Kelsey Heisler and Caitlin Gangelhoff up front with Abby Hendricks and Erika Weimann on the perimeter and Megan Huseby, Jess Yost and Maren Erpelding set for extended play.
The B and C Teams will be back on the floor seeking their first wins. They did not play at the Hopkins tournament while the varsity stopped Burnsville 56-54 with a dramatic second half rally.