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BSU women's hockey: Walker standout Arola commits to Bemidji St.

Bemidji State University women's hockey coach Steve Sertich recently announced the signing of two more players to National Letters of Intent, which join the four signed during the early signing period last November.

All six players will begin careers with BSU this fall.

Molly Arola and Jamie Hatheway have both inked with BSU during the spring signing period, and they join early signees Sadie Lundquist, Mackenzie Thurston, Keirstin Visser and Erika Wheelhouse.

"We are very excited to announce the signing of Jamie and Molly to our Beaver Hockey family," Sertich said. "We are excited to add these players to the group we have signed in the fall, and we are anxiously awaiting their arrival."

Arola, a 5-9 forward from Walker, played high school hockey for the Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning co-op.

She is the second player in as many years to come to Bemidji State from Grand Rapids/Greenwa, following Emily Erickson.

Arola was part of a high school team that was the section 7AA champion twice (2007 and 08) and was the Class AA state runners-up in 2008.

She was a team captain in 2009.

She also played volleyball, basketball and fastpitch softball during her high school career.

Molly is the cousin of current BSU men's hockey player Chris Peluso.

"Molly is another dynamic player who plays with a lot of intensity," Sertich said. "She is a tremendous athlete and a fierce competitor, and she comes from a great hockey family and a winning program at Grand Rapids/Greenway. Molly brings size and a physical presence that is needed in our lineup."

Hatheway, a 5-5 forward from Trenton, Ontario, played this past season for the Durham Junior Lightning in the Provincial Women's Hockey League. She attended the NAHA Tournament Labor Day weekend and also attended the U18 National Championships with Team Blue.

The team placed fourth, which was the best-ever finish.

"Jamie is a dynamic player who will add speed to our lineup," Seritch said. "She comes from a winning program in Durham as shown by their Final Four appearance in the PWHL Championships.

She has the ability to take and give a pass in top speed and has also shown the ability to finish at the net."