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BHS Saturday preview: Jacks boys hockey team hosts Roseau

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Bemidji sports fans are offered a full day of action today as three BHS teams enjoy the local spotlight.

The home schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the start of the annual Rick Lee wrestling invitational. At 1 p.m. the girls hockey team drops the puck at Nymore against Brainerd-Little Falls and the day will conclude with the boys hockey team entertaining Roseau 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arena.

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Today's lone road outing sees the gymnastics team heading to the Moorhead Invitational.

Today's marquee matchup sees the boys hockey team hosting Roseau. The Lumberjacks are 13-1-1 and are riding a six-game winning streak. Among the victories during the run is Thursday's 2-1 decision over East Grand Forks at The Sanford Center.

Roseau opened the winter with five losses but rallied to win six straight. That string ended Thursday when the Rams lost 4-1 to Warroad.

The victories have come over Moorhead (2-1), Holy Angels (2-1), Mandan, N.D. (9-1), Lake of the Woods (5-1), Alexandria (2-1), Crookston (6-1) and East Grand Forks (8-3).

Roseau's early-season losses were to Thief River Falls (3-1), Blaine (6-3), Minnetonka (5-4), Grand Rapids (6-5) and Hibbing (8-7).

Bemidji enters this weekend ranked 17th in the Let's Play Hockey Class AA poll while Roseau is 18th. The other Mariucci Conference squad in the top 20 is Moorhead which is ranked 16th.

The Lumberjacks lead the league with a 5-0-1 record while Roseau is 3-2, Moorhead 2-1-1 and Warroad 2-2. Trailing the field are TRF at 2-3, Crookston at 1-3 and East Grand Forks at 1-5.

In Section 8AA play Bemidji is 3-0-1, St. Cloud Tech is 3-2 and Moorhead 2-1-1. Trailing the leaders are Buffalo (2-1), Brainerd (2-2), Roseau (1-0), Monticello (1-4), Becker (0-1) and River Lakes (0-3).

Tyler Follis scored both Bemidji goals Thursday to reach 10 on the season and join Max Hazelton as the team-leader.

Steven Heller tops the Lumberjacks with 21 points while Matt Serratore, who assisted on Follis' first goal against EGF, has 18 points and shares second place in team scoring with Follis.

John Forseth and Jordan Heller each earned an assist Thursday and enter tonight's game with 17 points.

Also scoring in double figures are Hazelton with 16, Tyler Tatro with 15 and Easton Halbert with 14.

Jeremiah Graves was the winning goalie Thursday and lowered his goals against average to 1.20. The senior is 11-1-1 and has a .940 save percentage.

Because of the expected large crowd and limited parking at the Community Arena, BHS officials will open the school's main parking lot tonight in addition to the faculty parking lot. A path connecting the sidewalks will be plowed so fans will have an open lane to the rink.

The Rick Lee Invitational begins at 9 a.m. with junior varsity action and the varsity competitors will hit the mats at 10 a.m.

If things progress as expected the varsity championship matches will begin between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Among the teams expected to participate today are Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena, Perham, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Roseau, Aitkin, Cloquet and Greenbush-Middle River.

The Lumberjacks are 7-5 in dual meets after thumping Hibbing 49-28 Thursday.

Today's projected lineup includes Tyler O'Beirne (103), Brian Maas (112), Logan Crosby (119), Jake Crosby (125), Craig Maas (130), Dylan Hardy (135), Colton Doty (140), Kade Johnson (145), Kodi Craft (152), Tyler Molitor (160), Brenden Fredrickson (171), Nick Maggert (215) and Alex Johnson (heavyweight). BHS probably will have an open weight at 189.

A month ago Bemidji battled Brainerd-Little Falls to a 4-4 deadlock and the teams will stage their rematch 1 p.m. today at Nymore Arena.

Bemidji is 5-10-2 after its 0-0 tie Tuesday at Moorhead while Brainerd-LF owns an 11-2-2 record. In addition to its tie with Bemidji the Flying Warriors own a 3-3 draw with Sartell. Their losses have been 3-2 to Buffalo and 5-1 to Grand Rapids.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

A month ago Bemidji battled Brainerd-Little Falls to a 4-4 deadlock and the teams will stage their rematch 1 p.m. today at Nymore Arena.

Bemidji is 5-10-2 after its 0-0 tie Tuesday at Moorhead while Brainerd-LF owns an 11-2-2 record. In addition to its tie with Bemidji the Flying Warriors own a 3-3 draw with Sartell. Their losses have been 3-2 to Buffalo and 5-1 to Grand Rapids.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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