BEMIDJI – Erin Booth’s overtime goal propelled the Bemidji girls hockey team to a 2-1 win over Moorhead Tuesday at the Bemidji Community Arena.
The win will be memorable for all five seniors – Booth included – as Tuesday’s game was the last regular season game in their high school careers.
“All of our seniors have been big for us all season,” Bemidji head coach Bob Brink said. “It is pretty fitting that it was in overtime as well. Everyone chipped in and did an awesome job. I could not be any more proud of them.”
The win not only gives the Lumberjacks a victory over a heated rival in Moorhead, but it also gives them a chance for a home playoff game.
The Lumberjacks (9-8-5) travel to Roseau Thursday and face Brainerd Saturday; depending on what happens in those games and the Jacks could get a home game for the Section 8AA playoffs.
“We needed this win,” Brink said. “Especially against Moorhead, we needed these points to try to secure a home playoff spot. We needed something like this to propel us.”
On Tuesday night, Booth had narrowly missed on a couple of shots early in the overtime period before ending it at the 4:11 mark.
Allie Heifort and Karleigh Wolkerstorfer each picked up their second assist of the game on the goal.
The Lumberjacks had dominated the game early and had the most shot attempts in the first period, but the pace evened up when the Spuds (7-14-1) went on the power play midway through the first period.
Moorhead created shot attempts, but Bemidji was able to kill the penalty and keep the game scoreless.
Minutes later, the Lumberjacks got their own power play opportunity and were able to take advantage of it.
Rachael Holm scored the goal and was assisted by Heifort and Wolkerstorfer.
The Spuds evened the score at the 4:57 mark of the second period when Micaela Mjonness’ shot went between the legs of Bemidji goaltender Leighton Rockensock. Ashlie Talley and Taylor O’Connell assisted on the goal.
Bemidji committed its second penalty of the night in the final minute of the second period, but the score remained tied 1-1 after two periods.
Moorhead started the third period on the power play, but again couldn’t capitalize on its advantage.
Halfway through the third frame, Bemidji got a power play opportunity of its own.
Wolkerstorfer and Heifort each created good shots on net at the end of the power play, but both shots were denied by Moorhead goaltender Brianna Storms.
Bemidji failed to score on the power play and saw many more scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the third period, but couldn’t get a shot past Storms as the game headed to overtime.
The Lumberjacks outshot the Spuds 16-7 in the third period.
Storms finished the game with 36 saves.
“I thought we established the way we wanted to play in the first period and took a step back in the second,” Brink said. “But we were able to re-establish the tempo in the third period.”
Rockensock made 23 saves on the night.
Moor 0 1 0 0 – 1
Bem 1 0 0 1 – 2
First Period – 1, Bem, Holm (Heifort, Wolkerstorfer) 13:38.
Second Period – 2, Moor Mjoness (Talley, O’Connell) 4:57
Third Period – No scoring
Overtime – 3, Bem, Booth (Heifort, Wolkerstorfer) 4:11.
Shots: Moor 24; Bem 38
Saves: Moor (Storms) 36; Bem (Rockensock) 23
Penalties/Minutes: Moor 3-6; Bem 2-4