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Bemidji senior Easton Halbert, far left, scored his hat trick goal on St. Cloud Apollo goalie Reese Gregory during the second period of Thursday night's game at Bemidji Community Arena. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji Lumberjacks boys hockey rallies behind Halbert's four-goal performance

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Bemidji Lumberjacks boys hockey rallies behind Halbert's four-goal performance
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The Bemidji boys hockey team overcame an early two-goal deficit to defeat St. Cloud Apollo 9-5 Thursday at the Bemidji Community Arena.

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Easton Halbert led Bemidji with four-goal performance.

"He made some beautiful plays," Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo said. "That whole line did a good job offensively tonight. They played off of each other and made some really nice plays, Easton was the beneficiary of those plays."

The Eagles jumped to an early 2-0 lead after goals from Jared Christen and Bryan Benson.

"The biggest thing for us was that we had to play better," Chiodo said." I was not happy with the first five minutes at all, but we responded well and got four quick goals."

The Lumberjacks cut the lead in half at the 6:54 mark in the first period with a goal from John Forseth.

Tyler Tatro was credited with the assist.

Halbert picked up a pair of goals in a three minute span to give Bemidji its first lead.

Jordan Heller followed by scoring a power play for the Lumberjacks with 1:20 remaining in the period.

Forseth and Matt Serratore assisted on the goal.

Bemidji led 4-2 after one period of play.

Halbert wasted little time in getting his hat trick, as he scored on his own rebound in the opening minutes of the second period.

Serratore, who had already tallied three assists, scored to increase the Lumberjacks' lead to 6-2.

Apollo was able to cut the lead back down to two goals by the end of the period with goals from Brandon Bloch and Derek Karnik.

Karnik's goal was on a power play, one of two goals the Eagles scored on a power play.

Just as he did in the second period, Halbert scored early in the third period.

His fourth goal came at the 1:28 mark in the period and was assisted by Mike Sauer.

Sauer, a freshman, had two assists on the night.

Four minutes later, Christen scored for the second time to cut the Apollo deficit back to two goals.

In addition to his two goals, Christen also had an assist.

Ryan Erickson and the Lumberjacks took advantage of an Eagle penalty to score the team's eighth goal.

Both teams were 2-for-5 on the power play.

James Bofferding added the ninth goal for Bemidji with 46 seconds left on the clock.

Bemidji goaltender Ben Schram finished with 16 saves.

Although surrendering nine goals, Apollo goaltender Reese Gregory stopped 35 Lumberjack shots.

"We have to get stronger on the defensive side," Chiodo said. "When we turn the puck over on the offensive side, we need to get stronger on the deep side of the zone."

Bemidji (2-0) will play at Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

St. Cloud Apollo 2 2 1- 5

Bemidji 4 2 3- 9

First period: SCA- Benson (Christen) 1:56; Christen (Benson) 4:09 BEM: Forseth (Tatro) 6:54; Halbert (Serratore, Sauer) 11:27; Halbert (Eichstadt, Spencer) 14:38; Heller (Forseth, Serratore) 15:40

Second period: BEM- Halbert (Serratore) 1:38; Serratore (Sauer) 7:31 SCA- Bloch (unassisted) 13:21; Karnik (Keller) 14:08

Third Period: Bem- Halbert (Sauer) 1:28 SCA- Christen (Jarosch) 5:27 BEM- Erickson (Forseth) 6:47; Bofferding (unassitsed) 16:14

Penalties/minutes: SCA 6 for 10 BEM 5 for 10

Power Plays: SCA 2-for-5 BEM 2-for-5

Saves: Gregory (SCA) 13-10-12-35; Schram (BEM) 6-4-6-16

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