BEMIDJI – The Bemidji boys hockey team failed to capitalize on two early five-minute penalties Tuesday night, which led to their 5-0 loss to East Grand Forks at Bemidji Community Arena.
Bemidji (1-2-0) saw multiple scoring opportunities in its first five-minute power play, but Green Wave goaltender Jake Lindstrom kept them out of the net and the game scoreless.
Lindstrom finished with 23 saves on the night.
East Grand Forks quickly gained its momentum by scoring on a power play of its own to grab a 1-0 lead. Brandon Loven scored the goal and Tommy Hajicek was credited with the assist.
In the final seconds of the first period, during a Bemidji power play, Jake Leitner suffered an injury that left him on the ice for an extended period of time. He was helped off the ice by a trainer and teammate and did not return to the game.
“You don’t ever want to see something like that in the game of hockey,” Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo said. “It is not good for the game and should not be a part of it.”
East Grand Forks was given a five-minute major for the second time in the period, but still led 1-0 after one frame.
Bemidji started the second period with a 5-on-3 advantage due to the major penalty, but was unable to capitalize.
The five-minute advantage only lasted two minutes, as the Lumberjacks picked up their own game misconduct.
Once the Green Wave had an advantage they quickly capitalized. Tanner Tweten scored two goals in a minute to increase the lead to 3-0.
“It is a pivotal point,” Chiodo said of the five-minute power plays. “We have to find a way to get the puck in the net. Bottom line, they capitalized and we did not.”
Bemidji saw another power play opportunity later in the period, but only had two shots to show for it.
East Grand Forks led 3-0 after two periods.
With just under five minutes left, Tweten picked up the hat-trick by scoring his third goal of the game.
Reed Corbid added a fifth goal in the following minute to give EGF a 5-0 lead.
The Green Wave outshot the Lumberjacks 15-6 in the third period and 32-23 on the night.
Bemidji goaltender Gabe Heifort recorded 28 saves on the night.
“Gabe is solid,” Chiodo said. “He is going to keep us in the game and he makes big saves. We have to find a way to give him some help in front of the net, especially on the penalty kill.”
Bemidji will look to get back to .500 Thursday when it travels to rivals Moorhead. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
East Grand Forks 1 2 2 – 5
Bemidji 0 0 0 – 0
First Period — 1, EGF, Loven (Hajicek) 15:23.
Second Period – 2, EGF, Tweten (Eades) 6:19. 3, EGF Tweten (Brierley) 7:18.
Third Period— 4, EGF, Tweten (Loven) 12:17. 5, EGF, Corbid (Ranten) 13:38.
Shots: EGF-32 BEM-23
Saves: EGF (Lindstrom) 23 BEM (Heifort) 28
Penalties/Minutes: EGF 5 for 16 BEM 5 for 13