Jacks sextet seeks two more wins this weekend
The Bemidji boys hockey team, off to its best start in several years, takes on two more foes this week, hosting Eastview tonight at 7:30 at Nymore Gardens and traveling south to battle Monticello tomorrow.
Of the pair, tonight's game will pose the stiffer challenge. The Lightning is the newer Apple Valley high school, beginning its second decade this year with a 1,750 enrollment.
The Lightning reached the 5AA semifinals last year before falling to champion Eagan 4-1 and return many of the members of that team.
They opened play Tuesday beating Eden Prairie 3-1. It will be the first meeting between the two hockey teams.
Bemidji is coming off a second strong start beating East Grand Forks 5-3 in a penalty-strewn contest.
There were 22 whistles, 14 against the Wave, with Bemidji scoring three times on the power play to reach 5-18 on the year.
The power kill was perfect with the Wave 0-8 though hitting one shorthanded goal late in the game.
Aaron Carter will make his goal tending debut tonight as Coach Roger Mischke completes the early season rotation of his three goal tenders. He is likely ready to settle on a starter by next week.
Defensively, Ryan Sullivan will pair with Cody Gregg, Justin Hunt with Josh Ehrhorn and Kyle Nohre with Greg Larson.
The lines find Noah Nemgar between Alec Schulz and Dylan Wizner, Chris Curb flanked by Jesse Nemgar and Casey Reierson, Matt Boyer and Brandon Daniels skating wings with Ryan Johnson and Riley Colley and Steve Young alternating in.
Nemgar and Wizner are the early scoring leaders with five points.
Mischke is well pleased with the five goals in each win, doubling the team's production last year.
'We're getting strong leadership from our seniors," he said, "and the younger players are picking up the pace to go along with them. Tonight's game will be a good test of how far we've come."
Monticello lost here last year 9-2 and is in its early years of play still building its program.
That game should serve as a final, warm up for the key game next Thursday at Moorhead. That week will conclude with another section test Saturday afternoon at Apollo.
The B Team also takes a 2-0 record into play tonight scoring six goals in each of its victories.