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The 2010 portion of the Bemidji boys hockey schedule ended on a positive note Thursday as the Lumberjacks blanked New Prague 4-0 in the consolation championship game of the Duluth Holiday tournament.

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Jordan Heller scored in the opening period and the Lumberjacks settled the issue with thirid-period goals by John Forseth, Tyler Follis and Max Hazelton.

BHS compiled a 2-1 record in the tournament. After dropping its opener 4-3 to Cloquet Bemidji blistered Andover 6-2 and blanked New Prague.

"In the first game of the tournament we were flat and didn't play with much energy or emotion and that lack of intensity came back to haunt us," said Jacks coach Wade Chiodo. "Wednesday we were refreshed and played okay against Andover. And Thursday we played a very sound game. It was by far our best game of the tournament."

Bemidji dominated the Trojans and outshot New Prague 10-4 in the opening stanza. Heller scored the only goal as he converted feeds from Follis and Steven Heller.

Neither team found the net in the middle period which ended with BHS outshooting New Prague 6-4.

In the third period, however, Bemidji took complete control, outshooting the Trojans 9-1 and outscoring them 3-0.

Forseth connected at 6:28 and two minutes later Follis lit the lamp. Hazelton's power play marker at 9:47 capped the scoring.

"We kept peppering and peppering their goalie but he came up with some great saves, including solo breakaways by Matt Serratore and John Forseth," Chiodo said. "Eventually we got (Forseth's) goal early in the third period. Then we scored another and then we got a third goal. You could see the players relax in a positive way after we got the 2-0 lead."

Jeremiah Graves earned his fourth shutout of the winter with an 11-save performance.

Bemidji, 9-1-1, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts St. Cloud Tech at the Nymore Arena.

Bemidji 1 0 3 - 4

New Prague 0 0 0 - 0

First period: 1. B, J.Heller (Follis, S.Heller) 16:31

Second period: no scoring

Third period: 2. B, Forseth (Tatro) 6:28; 3. B, Follis (Dahedl, S.Heller) 8:34; 4. B, Hazelton (Tatro, Serratore) 9:47 PP

Saves: Graves (B) 4 6 1 11; Morris (NP) 10-4-6-20

Penalties/minutes: Bemidji 3 for 6; New Prague 5 for 18

Bemidji's Nordic skiers debated making the trip to Brainerd Thursday but eventually made the decision to participate in the Brainerd Invitational.

The boys squad placed third in the six-team field while the girls were fourth among seven teams.

"At 2 p.m. Wednesday we wondered if we should go or if we should stay home," said BHS coach Mark Walters. "We knew Brainerd wasn't about to cancel but we kept an eye on the sky wondering what to do.

"At 5 a.m. Thursday it was humid and at 6:15 a.m. it was misty," Walters continued. "We met at school and made the decision to go."

The course conditions, especially in the transition zone where the skiers switched from classical to skating skis, were less than ideal and the Lumberjacks did what they could to make the best of a tough situation.

Among those who handled the conditions the best was Bailey Drewes as the Lumberjack senior won the girls 6-km race in 27:51. Her closest challenger, Manon Gammon-Dearing of Little Falls, was second in 28:05.

Also representing Bemidji were Laura Yourd in 14th (31.50), Kim Truedson in 22nd (33.26) and Alicia Papke-Larson in 24th (33.58).

In the boys varsity Kyle Sagedahl was Bemidji's top finisher as he was ninth in 24:51. Tony Sagedahl finished 12th (25:08), Adam Holter 13th (25:15) and Sam Dwyer 20th (26.49).

Also placing in the top-25 were Eli Rassler in 24th (27:37) and John Buckanaga in 25th (27:53).

"I was proud with how we overcame the adversity on the course," Walters said. "The conditions were not the best but these conditions could happen at the section meet or even at state."

Brainerd Invitational

3-km classical, 3-km skating

Boys Varsity

St. Cloud Tech 388, Little Falls 356, Bemidji 350, Mora 342, Alexandria 341, Brainerd 331, Buffalo incomplete

1-Ricky Devine (LF) 22:57. Bemidji's results: 9-K.Sagedahl 24.51; 12-T.Sagedahl 25.08; 13-Holter 25:15; 20-Dwyer 26.49; 24-Rassler 27.37; 25-J.Buckanaga 27:53; 29-Berube 28:30; 34-T.Buckanaga 28:55; 35-Danielson 29:28; 36-Asper 29:41

Girls Varsity

Little Falls 386, Brainerd 361, Mora 361, Bemidji 343, Buffalo 328, Alexandria 301, Tech 279

1-Drewes (Bem) 27:51. Other Bemidji: 14-Yourd 31:50; 22-Truedson 33:26; 24-Papke-Larson 33:58

Junior Varsity

5-km

Boys Results

Bemidji 387, Mora 379, Tech 359, Little Falls 258, Alexandria incomplete, Brainerd incomplete

1-Amundson (Mora) 16:01. Bemidji's scorers: 2-Chatterton 16:15; 4-hewitt 16:24; 5-Wednchuk 16:29; 6-Molnar 16:44

Girls Results

Mora 377, Brainerd 375, Bemidji 353, Alexandria 352, Tech incomplete, Little Falls incomplete

1-Larson (Mora) 18:10; 6-Heisler 20:01; 8-Scholl 20:06; 15-Connell 22:18; 22-Olson 25:15

Heavyweight Alex Johnson lost his wrestleback match 13-6 to Sam Olson of Foley Thursday and finished 2-2 at the Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament.

Bemidji's other varsity wrestler, Jake Crosby went 1-2 on Wednesday.

The Lumberjacks did well in the junior varsity meet. Brian Mass went 5-1 and finished third at 112, Logan Crosby posted a 9-2 record and finished third at 119 and Colton Doty went 6-1 and captured third at 145.

Brenden Fredricksen went 6-2 on his way to fifth place at 189 and Nick Maggert finished sixth with a 4-3 mark.

Heavyweight Keefer Bender finished eighth with a 3-3 record.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Heavyweight Alex Johnson lost his wrestleback match 13-6 to Sam Olson of Foley Thursday and finished 2-2 at the Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament.

Bemidji's other varsity wrestler, Jake Crosby went 1-2 on Wednesday.

The Lumberjacks did well in the junior varsity meet. Brian Mass went 5-1 and finished third at 112, Logan Crosby posted a 9-2 record and finished third at 119 and Colton Doty went 6-1 and captured third at 145.

Brenden Fredricksen went 6-2 on his way to fifth place at 189 and Nick Maggert finished sixth with a 4-3 mark.

Heavyweight Keefer Bender finished eighth with a 3-3 record.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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