BHS girls hockey: Jacks get the bounces in win over East Grand Forks
Sometimes everything just goes your way.
That was the case for Caitlin Blotske and the Bemidji High girls hockey team in a 3-0 win Tuesday over East Grand Forks at John Glas Fieldhouse.
Up 1-0 in the second period, Blotske threw the puck in the zone from center ice and scored.
"It really surprised me," Blotske said. "I was just trying to ice it; I wasn't even aiming for the net."
The unassisted goal was Blotske's second of the season and was a symbol of how everything went Bemidji's way.
Green Wave goaltender Tamara Twite saw Blotske dump the puck and moved to her left to make the easy save, but as the puck entered the zone it deflected off an East side player and Twite had to dive back to her right. The puck caught her stick and popped up and into the net.
"It caught her off guard," said Green Wave coach Jim Scanlon. "I think it clipped a defenseman on the way in, but we just gave up too many goals in the second."
Bemidji scored all three of their goals in that period; one on the power play, then shorthanded and finished with an even-strength goal. Shelby Sauer even had a penalty shot when she was hauled down on a breakaway.
East Grand Forks (4-1 overall) came in with the same record as Bemidji, but are ranked No. 9 in the state Class A rankings.
"I had a feeling the girls were ready to go tonight," said coach Matt Menne. "I think they were pretty confident coming off the win at Moorhead."
"I was kind of nervous about the game," added Blotske. "I thought it would be a close game. I knew we had to shut down Leah Jenson."
Jenson, the leading scorer for the Green Wave, was frustrated all night and accounted for three of the four EGF penalties.
"We did a great job defensively," said Menne. "We shut down their top two scorers and gave up very few quality scoring chances.
Goaltender Maria Thompson wasn't tested often and needed only 15 saves for the shutout, but she did let one puck by.
In the opening minute of the wild second period, Thompson was beat on the short side. The puck hit the inside of the pipe, but somehow slid straight through the crease behind Thompson.
"The puck just bounced their way tonight," said Scanlon. "I wasn't surprised with how well Bemidji played; I'm just disappointed with how we came out."
The win puts Bemidji at 5-1 on the season, but was the first of five-straight games against ranked opponents.
They play at No. 12 Grand Rapids on Thursday, with games against Fergus Falls, Crookston and Warroad to round out the following week.
Bemidji 0 3 0 - 3
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 - 0
FIRST PERIOD: None; Penalties: Bem-Miller, checking 5:29; Bem-Swartz, tripping 16:45
SECOND PERIOD: Bem-Gregg (Sauer) 2:45 pp; Bem-Blotske 5:40 sh; Bem-Lapp 9:46; Penalties: Bem-A. Hunt, too many men 4:04; Bem-Heifert, tripping 6:00; EGF-Jenson, hooking 6:56; EGF-Jenson, checking 14:34
THIRD PERIOD: None; Penalties: Bem-Larson, contact to the head 1:04; Bem-J. Hunt, roughing 2:53; EGF-Nelson, hooking 9:54; EGF-Jenson, hooking 13:03