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Bemidji HS boys hockey team beats Fergus Falls, enters holiday break unbeaten

Bemidji's Dillon Eichstadt makes a move around a Fergus Falls defenseman on his way to the net during the first period of Saturday's game at Nymore Arena. Pioneer?Photo/Eric Stromgren

The pre-Christmas phase of the boys hockey season came to a successful conclusion Saturday as the Lumberjacks dominated Fergus Falls 4-0 at Nymore Arena.

Saturday's victory upped Bemidji's record to 7-0-1 and was its third shutout of the winter. The Lumberjacks can now take a breather as they have 10 days off before heading to Denfeld Dec. 28 for a holiday tournament where they will open against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.

"To have a 7-0-1 record after the first stretch is an accomplishment by the kids and now we can actually have a normal practice schedule and get ready for the rest of the year," said BHS coach Wade Chiodo.

The Jacks made sure that Saturday's game would end on a positive note as they fired 27 shots on Fergus Falls goalie Austin Carr in the opening 17 minutes and scored on three of them.

"We came out flying, as evidenced by our 27 shots," Chiodo said. "The best thing this team does every day is work extremely hard. I expect the kids to go as hard as they can in practice and in games and so far they have."

That work ethic produced goals by Will Bruestle 8:55 into Saturday's opening stanza, Cameron Dahedl at 10:49 and Jake White at 12:20.

The pace slowed in the middle session but Bemidji regained its form in the final stanza as it outshot the Otters 10-6.

"We had no rhythm in the second period because of the penalties but in the third period we finished strong," Chiodo said.

Steve Heller collected the lone goal of the third period when he zipped a wrister past Carr from the lower right circle at the 1:32 mark.

Jeremiah Graves had another outstanding day in the net as he registered his third shutout with a 26-save performance.

"We have had a great stretch of games to open the season but they are behind us now," Chiodo said. "I'm a firm believer that tomorrow is what's important. And our tomorrow means getting ready for Monday's practice, working on what needs to be improved, winning each period and getting better each and every day.

"We are improving and that improvement has been shown on the ice. Now our job is to continue to do that."

Fergus Falls 0 0 0 - 0

Bemidji 3 0 1 - 4

First period: 1. B, Bruestle (Tatro, Port) 8:55; 2. B, Dahedl (S. Heller, Hazelton) 10:49 PP; 3. B, White (Eichstadt, Hernesman) 12:20

Second period: No scoring

Third period: 4. B, S.Heller (J.Heller) 1:32

Saves: Carr (FF) 24-13-9-50; Graves (B) 7-13-6-26

Penalties: Fergus Falls 4 for 10 minutes; Bemidji 8 for 16 minutes

Junior Varsity

Fergus Falls 3 1 1 - 5

Bemidji 3 4 0 - 7

First period: 1. FF, Hanson (Sawtell) 1:54; 2. B, Lind (unassisted) 6:05; 3. FF, Resler (Thorson) 11:37; 4. FF, Styve (Resler) 14:01; 5. B, Burns (Labernick, Rickert) 14:50; 6. B, Borowski (Erickson, Mistic) 16:49

Second period: 7. B, Lind (Rickert) 0:40; 8. B, Bofferding (unassisted) 5:21; 9. B, Rickers (Erickson, Lind) 6:23; 10. FF, Resler (unassisted) 9:17; 11. B, Wolkerstorfer (Sauer) 12:22

Third period: 12. FF, Anderson (Johnson) 14:45

Saves: Bjoreum (FF) 5-12-8-25; Schmidgall (B) 3-4-6-11

Penalties: Fergus Falls 5 for 10 minutes; Bemidji 4 for 8 minutes

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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