Lumberjacks fight for big 3-1 win
The Bemidji boys hockey team turned in its most impressive win of the season Tuesday night, stopping Grand Rapids 3-1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.
Warmer weather and rare ample parking brought out one of the better crowds of the year.
It witnessed the two arch rivals stage an end to end battle from the first whistle to the last with neither team backing down an inch.
Each goalie had 33 stops in the game with Miah Graves perhaps the star of the contest.
He was beaten only on a 5 on 3 power play in the third period, cutting the Bemidji lead to 2-1. But Jordan Heller matched this goal before the game ended to reestablish the two goal margin.
The three Bemidji goals were almost identical, all coming on rebounds at the corner of the net.
Lucas Phillips had the first, breaking the scoreless tie at the 12:48 mark of the second period off feeds from Curb and Kevin Larson.
Two minutes later Curb repeated the feat, this time at the other corner with Joe Welle getting the lone assist.
Bemidji held an 11-9 first period shots advantage and 15-10 in the second.
But the Rapids came out firing in the final stanza, firing 17 shots on Graves and felling him at the 10:24 mark at the end of a two man rush.
But after several minutes to recover, he returned to the goal and blanked the Hawks the rest of the night.
Bemidji killed off three other power plays but was unable to stop the Hawks when it was called for too many men on ice at 8:13 of the third period and Welle was sent off for interference at 9:04. It took the Rapids 45 seconds to connect on the two man advantage but it finally scored its lone goal.
Bemidji exerted good pressure on it's first power play but less on its second.
The Jacks head to Crookston tomorrow for a Mariucci Conference test and return home Saturday for a 6 p.m. game with St. Cloud Cathedral.
That will be the second game of a girls-boys twin bill with the girls hosting the St. Cloud Icebreakers at 1. Both games are at Nymore.
The Jacks B Team had its 11 game win string ended in Tuesday's opener, falling 3-2 in the final four minutes of play.
The Rapids led 1-0 and 2-1 only to have Bemidji tie the game on each occasion.
Luke Burns and Jake White had the goals.
Ben Schram made 13 stops. The Hawks' Brandon Ische had 25.
The varsity is now 7-5 and the B Team 11-1. Grand Rapids fell to 4-7-1.
Grand Rapids 0 0 1---1
Bemidji 0 2 1---3
FIRST PERIOD: None; Penalty: Bem-Bruestle, hold 5:30
SECOND PERIOD: Bem-Phillips (Curb-Larson) 12:38; Bem-Curb (Welle) 16:06; Penalty: GR-Skrbec, contact to the head, 3:30
THIRD PERIOD: GR-How (Schulte-Merritt) 9:46 pp; Bem-J. Heller (Forseth) 15:17; Penalties': Bem-too many men on ice 8:13 (served by S. Heller) Bem-Welle, high stick 9:04; GR-Kleinendorst, trip 13:00; Bem-Larson, interference 15:35
GR-DeGuiseppi 11 15 8---33
Bem-Graves 9 8 16---33
Power plays: Bemidji 0-2; GR 1-4
Officials: Matt Cooper, Brady Johnson and Ron Laturi
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Grand Rapids JV 2 0 1---3
Bemidji JV 1 0 1---2
FIRST PERID:GR-Luoma 3:13;.Bem- Burns (Isensee) 4:17; GR-Luoma(Basham-Jaeger) 6:16
THIRD PERIOD; Bem-White (Spencer-Burns) 9:03 pp; GR-Basham (Donnell) 13:51
GR-Ische 6 7 12---25
Bem-Schram 5 5 3---13
Power plays: Bemidji 1-6, Grand Rapids 0-4
Officials: Jim Dahedl and Ron Laturi