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Bemidji HS boys hockey: Curb leads way in senior night victory

Rylee Curb scored a pair of goals and Jesse Nemgar added the insurance tally with 27 seconds remaining in the game to power the Bemidji High School boys hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Detroit Lakes Tuesday at the John Glas Fieldhouse.

Bemidji's nine seniors made sure that the Lumberjacks would enjoy Senior Night as they orchestrated a performance which continually kept Detroit Lakes on its heels and paved the way for the shutout victory. Also helping the cause was senior goalie Axel Osborn who stopped all 17 Laker shots on his way to tossing the shutout.

The Lumberjacks gave early notice that the seniors were ready as Curb scored 22 seconds into the action. The all-senior starting cast of Curb, Nemgar, Matt Hietala, Mike Rees and Joe Welle won the opening faceoff and dumped the puck into the Detroit Lakes zone. Eventually BHS worked the puck to Nemgar who fired a quick wrister from the low left circle. Laker goalie Andrew Friesen made the initial save but the puck rebounded to Curb just outside the crease and he made no mistake.

The home team continued its attack in the opening period but could not slip another puck past Friesen. Osborn had a relatively quiet period, needing to make only five saves, while Friesen stopped 10 shots.

Bemidji continued to apply the pressure in the middle stanza and the Lumberjacks were rewarded at 5:47 when Curb notched his second tally of the game, this time while BHS was on the power-play. After a full minute of pressure in the Detroit Lakes zone Bemidji worked the puck to Tyler Tatro at the left point. Tatro's shot was wide of the net but the puck caromed off the boards and into the slot where Curb was in position to whack it home.

Friesen was sharp on the other 13 shots that he faced in the period, however, and the Jacks had to settle for the 2-0 lead heading into the final stanza.

Bemidji wasted no time regaining its offensive flow in the third period as Curb, Steven Heller and Max Hazelton all tested Friesen within the first 30 seconds. But the goaltender stood his ground on that exchange and on all 12 shots he would face in the period.

The Lumberjacks were able to score the clinching goal into an empty net with 27 seconds to play as Nemgar took possession in the Bemidji zone, skated through center and into the Lakers end of the ice and found the net with a wrister from just inside the blue line.

Tuesday's win gave Bemidji a 13-11 record and snapped a three-game Lumberjacks losing streak. Detroit Lakes fell to 15-8-2. The Jacks will close their regular season Thursday at Nymore against Thief River Falls.

In Tuesday's preliminary Bemidji thumped Detroit Lakes 7-0 behind a pair of goals by Colel Sepncer.

Detroit Lakes 0 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 1 1 1 - 3

First Period - B-Curb (Rees, Nemgar) 0:22. Penalty: DL-Phelps (rough) 3:40.

Second Period - B-Curb (Nemgar, Tatro) 5:47 PP. Penalties: B-Curb (hold) 2:34; DL-Lane (hold) 4:14; B-Heller (interfere) 15:09.

Third Period - B-Nemgar (unassisted) 16:33 EN. Penalties: DL-Deconcini (hook) 1:32; B-Phillips (hook) 6:55; DL-Provo (high stick) 9:15; B-Phillips (check behind) 11:48; B-Phillips (board) 11:48.

Saves - Friesen (DL) 10 13 12 - 35. Osborn (B) 5 6 6 - 17

B-Team Game

Detroit Lakes 0 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 2 3 2 - 7

First Period - B-White (Follis) 9:11; B-Spencer (White, Follis) 12:39 PP.

Second Period - B-Isensee (Bofferding) 8:23 PP; B-Borowski (Wokerstorfer) 8:51; B-Spencer (Wokerstorfer) 12:10.

Third Period - B-Hernesman (Isensee) 1:41; B-Rikert (Follis) 5:59.

Penalties: Detroit Lakes 7 for 14 minutes; Bemidji 6 for 12 minutes.

Saves - Murphy (DL) 17 21 19 - 57. Carlson (B) 3 0 0 - 3