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Bemidji HS girls hockey: Jacks, Spuds play tough defense in scoreless draw

Defense and goaltending dominated both ends of the rink Tuesday night as the Bemidji girls hockey team invaded Moorhead and the result was a 0-0 stalemate.

"We couldn't quite finish our chances," said BHS coach Matt Menne's whose team stands at 5-10-2.

"It was a typical Bemidji-Moorhead game. Everybody hustled and it came down to which team could take advantage of its opportunities.

"And Tuesday night the defenses and the goaltenders didn't allow either team to finish its scoring chances."

Laura Thompson returned to the Bemidji net and tossed the overtime shutout with a 25-save performance. Her counterpart, Lydia Norwig, stopped 23 shots.

"Laura played very well," Menne said, "and she can feel very good about her performance. Moorhead didn't have as many quality chances as we did but when they did, Laura stopped them."

In addition to Norwig's play in the net BHS was stymied by a couple of posts. In the waning seconds of regulation Norwig made the save of the game as she sprawled to stop a Bemidji shot with two seconds to play.

"Our execution was strong Tuesday," Menne said. "And it had to be. When Bemidji plays Moorhead you know that Moorhead is going to give its best effort and you know we are going to do the same."

Bemidji will return home 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Brainerd at Nymore Arena.

Bemidji 0 0 0 0 - 0

Moorhead 0 0 0 0 - 0

First period: No scoring

Second period: No scoring

Third period: No scoring

Overtime: No scoring

Saves: Thompson (B) 8-8-4-5-25; Norwig (M) 8-6-6-3-23

Penalties-minutes: Bemidji 5-10; Moorhead 4-8

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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