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Bemidji HS girls hockey: Lumberjack girls win key contest

Bemidji's Shelby Sauer works her way toward the goal during Saturday's 2-1 victory over the St. Cloud Icebreakers at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Sauer scored both of the Lumberjacks' goals in the second period. Photo by John Swartz/Special to the Pioneer

The Bemidji High School girls hockey team found 13 a lucky number Saturday, shading the St. Cloud Icebreakers 2-1 at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

The morning contest, perhaps the first of its kind at home for a Bemidji team, brought out only a small turnout.

But it witnessed an outstanding game with Bemidji taking a 2-0 lead in the second period and maintaining it the rest of the way.

The win lifted Bemidji to 13-3 and dropped the Icebreakers to 11-5.

It was hockey at its best as the strong Bemidji defense held the day. In 16 games, it has allowed only 31 goals, less than two per contest.

The two teams played to a near standoff in the first two periods with Bemidji holding an 18-11 shots edge.

But except for one 34-second span, it would have found the visitors leading 1-0.

Both Bemidji goals came from Shelby Sauer, her seventh and eighth of the year. She raised her team leading scoring mark to 22 points.

Goalie Jenna Traut was staunch for St, Cloud, turning back Bemidji repeatedly on promising shots.

She was especially strong in the final period when the home team fired 17 shots on goal attempting to add an insurance goal or two. But it was unsuccessful.

Laura Thompson made her third start in the net for Bemidji and won for the third time.

She faced only 16 shots, making five stops in each period.

Sauer broke the tie at 12:45 of the second period, banging home a rebound of an Amanda Hunt shot past Traut.

Just 44 seconds later, she connected again with Allie Lapp getting the assist.

It took St. Cloud less than two minutes to get one goal back. Alli Heifort drew Bemidji's only penalty of the game for a hook and Zayda Ewing connected on the manpower advantage at 14:51.

But that was the last Icebreaker goal as Thompson took charge the final 19 minutes to prevent the tie.

"It was a great win against a very good team," said Coach Matt Menne. "I thought we played aggressive hockey all day and it paid off."

The game was a Section 8AA contest, lifting Bemidji to 3-1, its lone loss coming to Roseau.

Bemidji hosts Moorhead Tuesday at BSU and Brainerd Saturday at Nymore Gardens if repairs to the compressor are completed by that time.

St. Cloud 0 1 0---1

Bemidji 0 2 0---2

FIRST PERIOD: None; Penalty: SC-Moran, check 7;41

SECOND PERIOD: Bem-Sauer (A. Hunt) 12:45; Bem[-Sauer (Lapp-Nelson) 13:19; SC-Ewing, (Kipley-Schwegman) 14:51 pp; Penalty: Bem-Heifort, hook 14:11

THIRD PERIOD; None; Penalty: SC-Ebert, check 9;12

Goal Stops

SC-Traut 7 9 17---23

Bem-L. Thompson 5 5 5---15

Power plays: Bemidji 0-2, St. Cloud 1-1

Officials: Mike Malterud and Al Gutz