BOYS HOCKEY: BHS rally falls short against East Grand Forks
EAST GRAND FORKS — East Grand Forks High boys hockey coach Tyler Palmiscno expected his team to come out Tuesday night with a little more energy after the Green Wave suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday against Breck, the No. 1 team in Minnesota Class A.
Instead, the Wave — No. 3 in the latest Class A poll — found themselves struggling in a one-goal game against Bemidji late in the third period.
It wasn’t until an Eddie Eades blast with about two and a half minutes to play that EGF built separation in a 5-2 victory over Bemidji at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
The Wave improved to 7-1, while the Lumberjacks dropped to 3-4.
“I felt after the second period we were lucky to have a 3-1 game,” Palmiscno said. “We weren’t playing well enough to have a 3-1 lead. In the third period, we did a good job the last five minutes of holding a lead and doing some good things, but we have to play with more energy if we’re going to continue to have success.”
Bemidji limited EGF to just 20 shots on goal.
“We worked hard and took ownership in our own end,” Bemidji coach Wade Chiodo said. “If you want to win games against good teams, you have to limit opportunities and space. We did a great job down low and kept their go-to guys at bay.”
EGF built a 3-0 lead by early in the second period after goals by Grant Loven, Ty Ausmus and Reed Corbid.
But the Lumberjacks answered back with a Brett Hartje goal late in the second period and a Michael Forseth power-play tally early in the third.
Bemidji went on another power play with about five minutes to play in the third period but the Wave didn’t allow a shot on goal during the two minutes.
Moments later, EGF went on its first power play of the game and Eades scored from the left point with Luke Beito creating a screen in front of Bemidji goalie Garret Atterberry.
“Luke did a good job taking away the goalie’s eyes,” Eades said. “We were kind of fighting it throughout the game with a lot of turnovers. But we found a way to respond to them getting within one.”
Coming off a weekend split against the No. 1-ranked teams in the two classes of Minnesota (Class AA Blaine and Class A Breck), Eades said the Wave weren’t overlooking Bemidji.
“This is a big conference game and we knew they had good results against Warroad and Grand Rapids,” Eades said. “We knew they were a good team coming in, so we wanted to get a good jump on them.”
After Eades provided some breathing room, the Wave tacked on an empty-net goal by Corbid with 24 seconds left.
“Against good teams, you have to sure up mistakes and breakdowns,” Chiodo said. “They have good hockey players and they make the little things huge. We got out of position a couple of times, and they came down and buried it. Ultimately, the game is about scoring goals and they got five and we got two.”
East Grand Forks 5, Bemidji 2
First period — 1, EGF, Grant Loven (Luke Beito) 1:39
Second period — 2, EGF, Ty Ausmus (Reed Corbid, Taylor Brierly) 0:47; 3. EGF, Corbid (Tanner Tweten, Colton Poolman) 3:47; 4, BHS, Brett Hartje (Cole Hartje) 14:41.
Third period — 5. BHS, Michael Forseth (Nick Leitner) 2:09, PP; 6, EGF, Eddie Eades (Loven, Poolman) 14:28, PP; 7. EGF, Corbid 16:36, EN.
Goalie saves — EGF: Josh Weber 4-4-3 — 11; BHS: Garret Atterberry 8-4-3 — 15