GIRL'S HOCKEY: Strong first period lifts Jacks to second consecutive win
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji girls hockey team earned a second consecutive victory as it defeated Fergus Falls 3-1 Monday at the Bemidji Community Arena.
The win came on the heels of a 3-0 win over Brainerd Saturday and was the second game of five in a span of eight days.
“We have a really busy week ahead of us,” Bemidji head coach Jackie Robertson said. “Heading into these games with a confidence boost will be really nice.”
Kelsey Isaacson scored the game’s first goal, as she found the back of the net on a backhanded shot with 2:28 remaining in the first period.
Two minutes later, Mackenzie Hietala added a second goal to double the Lumberjacks' lead before the end of the first period.
“It was a good feeling,” Robertson said of the early two-goal lead. “I wish we would have come out a little bit stronger in the third period, but it was nice.”
Bemidji outshot Fergus Falls 8-5 in the opening period.
Despite a power play opportunity for the Otters, the Lumberjacks protected their two-goal lead throughout most of the second period.
Lauren Norgren got Fergus Falls (5-12-2) on the board late in the second period as she fired a shot past the outstretched glove of Bemidji goaltender Leighton Rockensock.
Bemidji took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
After killing an Otters power play early in the third period, the Lumberjacks were faced with another penalty kill with just more than five minutes remaining. Despite the disadvantage, it was Bemidji doing the attacking as Fergus Falls goaltender Katie Shelstad was unable to cover up a shot from Rachael Holm and Savanna Hanson capitalized by poking the puck between the goalie's legs and into the net to provide the insurance goal.
“She was really persistent in front of the net,” Robertson said. “That is when good things tend to happen.”
Shelstad made 23 saves in the game, while Rockensock turned away 20 of the 21 shot attempts she saw.
Neither team had any success on the power play, as both teams were 0 for 3 with the advantage. The Lumberjacks had a 5-on-3 advantage in the final minutes of the contest, but did not score.
Bemidji (6-10-2) will look to carry its success into tonight, as it continues its busy week with a road contest in East Grand Forks before traveling to Crookston Thursday and hosting Alexandria Saturday.
Bemidji 3, Fergus Falls 1
Fergus Falls 0 1 0 1
Bemidji 2 0 1 3
First period - 1, Bemidji, Isaacson (unassisted) 14:32. 2, Bemidji, Hietala (unassisted) 16:27.
Second period - 3, Fergus Falls, Norgren (unassisted) 14:29.
Third period - 4, Bemidji, Hanson (Holm) 12:56.
Saves - Shelstad (Fergus Falls) 6-7-10-23; Rockensock (Bemidji) 5-9-6-20
Penalties/Minutes - Fergus Falls: 3/6; Bemidji: 3/6