Boys hockey: Roseau too much for Lumberjacks
BEMIDJI -- After a well-played first period by both teams that ended with Roseau leading 1-0, the Rams caught fire in the middle stanza, scoring four more times and forging a 5-0 advantage after 34 minutes.
That onslaught stunned the Lumberjacks boys hockey team and its fans and vaulted the Rams to a surprisingly dominating 8-1 win over the Jacks at the Community Arena.
Both teams controlled stretches of play in the first period and both goalies, Ryan Anderson of Roseau and Grant Tharaldson of Bemidji, played extremely well. When called upon they both rose to the occasion but in the final 30 seconds of the period Roseau scored the all-important first goal.
Zach Yon had the honors as he raced to the crease and was in position to tip home a centering pass from Alex Halstensgard with 38 seconds remaining in the period.
The second period was all Roseau, however, as the visitors scored four goals, three of them coming within a 2-minute span early in the period.
"We played a solid first period but in the second Roseau got one on us and the flood gates just opened," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo. "In the second period we made mistakes and Roseau capitalized. And when you play a good time like Roseau you have to keep your mistakes to a minimum."
On Roseau's first goal of the stanza the Rams corralled a long rebound of a missed shot by the Jacks and quickly turned the opportunity into a 2-on-1 break. Yon capped the play as he skated between the circles and zipped a shot past Tharaldson.
Less than two minutes later Roseau scored again, this time courtesy of Austin Hogenson who beat Tharaldson from the left circle.
Before the public address announcer could turn on the microphone Halstengard gave the visitors a 4-0 lead when he scored from the right circle.
The second-period outburst was capped by Yon's third goal of the afternoon at the 9:17 mark, the result of an unsuccessful clearing attempt by the Jacks.
"Good players score and Roseau has some good players," Chiodo said. "We were playing well in the first period but all of a sudden it's 5-0."
Any hopes of a Bemidji comeback were smashed 52 seconds into the third period when Alex Strand notched a shorthanded goal to put the Rams ahead 6-0.
Bemidji avoided the shutout with 2:53 to play when Josh Lusby beat Anderson from the low slot.
"We gave Roseau too much time and space," Chiodo said. "No matter who you play, you have to control the time and space.
"The bottom line is that this is a game we have to look at and then bury so we can move ahead. We'll have a good practice on Monday and then play the way we are capable of on Tuesday at Moorhead."
Roseau 8, Bemidji 1
Roseau 1 4 3 - 8
Bemidji 0 0 1 - 1
First period - 1, Ros, Yon (Halstengard) 16:22
Second period - 2, Ros, Yon (Strand, Halstengard) 4:30. 3, Ros, Hogenson (Yon, Halstengard) 6:12. 4, Ros, Halstengard (unassisted) 6:33. 5, Ros, Yon (Strand) 9:17
Third period - 6, Ros, Strand (Yon) 0:52 SH. 7, Ros, Halstengard (Yon) 9:08. 8, Bem, Lusby (Forseth) 13:06. 9, Ros, Lund (unassisted) 16:54 PP
Saves - Anderson (Roseau) 9-7-7-23; Tharaldson (Bem) 8-1-x-9; Atteberry (Bem) x-13-8-21
Penalties/minutes - Roseau 4/11; Bemidji 3/6