CROOKSTON – Bemidji finally earned its first win of the season Tuesday night.
The Lumberjacks survived two separate comebacks from Crookston – including a late game-tying goal in the third period – and rallied to defeat the Pirates 5-4 in overtime. The Lumberjacks outshot the Pirates 35-20 in the game.
“Everyone’s feeling pretty good,” BHS head coach Bob Brink said of the Jacks’ first win. “We probably should have had our first win a while ago, but our girls played hard tonight and I’m very proud of them.”
Bemidji (1-5-4) got on the board early in the first period with a score from Karleigh Wolkerstorfer.
Wolkerstorfer put the Lumberjacks ahead 2-0 with an unassisted tally at the 8:09 mark of the second period.
But Crookston (4-4) came back with a vengeance. The Pirates scored three straight goals on the power play – two from Brianna Breiland and another from Sabrina Delorme – to take a quick 3-2 lead into the third frame.
“In the second period we started to get a little sloppy there,” Brink said. “We had lots of penalties and lost composure a little bit. But the girls did a good job of holding them off in the third period.”
Indeed, BHS scored the next two goals to take a 4-3 lead, courtesy of Rachel Holm and Erin Booth.
Crookston’s Lizzy Awender tied the game at the 14:34 mark to force overtime, but the Lumberjacks pulled out the victory thanks to Mackenzie Hietala’s unassisted score at the 3:07 mark of overtime.
“It was huge to tie the game in the third period,” Brink said. “That gave us a lot of momentum for the win. It’s a big win for us.”
The Lumberjacks hope to keep their winning streak alive Saturday when they host Warroad at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Bemidji 1 1 2 1 – 5
Crookston 0 3 1 0 – 4
First Period – 1, BHS, Wolkerstorfer (unassisted), 4:59.
Second Period – 2, BHS, Wolkerstorfer (unassisted), 8:09; 3, Crook, Breiland (Demarais), 10:00, PP; 4, Crook, Delorme (Breiland), 10:42, PP; 5, Crook, Breiland (Schmitz), 14:22, PP.
Third Period – 6, BHS, Holm (unassisted), 0:18; 7, BHS, Booth (Wolkerstorfer, Dondelinger), 6:33, PP; 8, Crook, Awender (unassisted), 14:37.
Overtime – 9, BHS, Hietala (unassisted), 3:07.
Shots On Goal – Bemidji 35, Crookston 20.
Goaltenders – Bemidji, Miller (20-16); Crookston, Erickson (35-30).
Penalties-Minutes – Bemidji 7-17, Crookston 7-14.