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BHS boys hockey: Tired Jacks find a way to win against Fergus Falls

Bemidji's Kris Maggert makes a move on Fergus Falls' Trevor Gerbais (20) after crossing the blue line during the first period Friday night at Nymore Arena. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Playing their fifth game in eight nights, a game weary Bemidji High boys hockey dug deep and found a way to win Friday at Nymore Arena.

The Jacks defeated Fergus Falls 4-2 behind two goals from sophomore Max Hazelton and a solid night in net from Brett Dokken. The senior goaltender recorded 29 saves in notching the win.

"I don't want to take anything away from Fergus Falls," said BHS head coach Wade Chiodo, "but all the games we've been playing lately have taken a toll. That was obvious (Friday) -- we had heavy legs."

"However, I told the guys after the game that I was proud they found a way to win the game. Despite being pretty worn down, they found a way to get it done and that's exciting."

The Jacks got on the board first as defenseman Matt Hietala scored off an assist from Hazelton with just under three minutes remaining in the first period. That was all the scoring in the first 17 minutes.

Hazelton then scored twice within a seven minute span for Jacks i9n the second. His first came unassisted just 15 seconds after a Fergus Falls cross checking penalty.

Fergus scored about two minutes later to cut the lead to 2-1. But Hazelton struck again at 9:37, this one coming off feeds from linemates Rylee Curb and Kris Maggert.

Fergus ended the scoring in the period with just under four minutes remaining to make it 3-2 entering the third.

The Jacks put the game away at the 2:30 mark of the final period. Senior forward Jared Bergquist rifled a wrist shot top shelf from the near circle to give the Jacks a cushion.

Chiodo praised the effort of the Maggert-Haezlton-Curb line for the Jacks on the night. "They were involved in three of the four goals," Chiodo reported. "They made a lot of good things happen."