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Bemidji HS boys hockey team tops East Grand Forks for sixth straight win

Bemidji's Steve Heller takes a shot during the second period on Thursday evening at The Sanford Center. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Tyler Follis scored a pair of goals in the first period and Jeremiah Graves made 17 saves to lead the Bemidji boys hockey team to a 2-1 victory over East Grand Forks Thursday at The Sanford Center.

The win extended Bemidji's winning streak to six games and upped the Lumberjacks' overall record to 13-1-1. The lone blemish is a 4-3 loss to Cloquet in the opening game of the holiday tournament in Duluth.

East Grand Forks' record dipped to 7-7.

BHS held a territorial edge in the opening stanza and the pressure finally paid off when Follis completed a nifty three-way passing play with his first goal 6:19 into the contest.

Graves started the play when he saw EGF on a line change and zipped a pass to John Forseth along the left boards at center ice. Forseth carried into the Green Wave zone and hit Matt Serratore with a perfect feed and Serratore promptly backhanded the puck into the slot where Follis was camped.

His quick wrister beat EGF goalie Hunter Aubol over the glove and the Jacks were ahead to stay.

Bemidji continued to dominate territorially and at 14:51 Follis struck again, this time converting a feed from Jordan Heller.

The two Jacks attacked the Green Wave net and Follis began the action with a shot from the low right circle. Aubol made the save on that chance and was fortunate that Heller shot the rebound off the side of the net.

Heller, however, followed his shot and promptly sent a pass to the crease where Follis was in perfect position to notch his second goal of the night.

Bemidji outshot the Green Wave 14-6 in the first period and owned a 13-6 edge in the middle stanza. East Grand Forks, however, scored the lone goal of the session midway through the period when Zack Laudermilt found room behind the BHS defense and beat Graves on a solo breakaway.

Neither team was able to find the net in the final 17 minutes although, once again, the Lumberjacks controlled the shot chart. Aubol had 12 saves in the final stanza and finished with 37. Graves stopped 17 total shots.

The Lumberjacks host Roseau 7:30 p.m. at the Community Arena.

In Thursday's junior varsity game Bemidji and EGF skated to a 6-6 overtime tie.

EGF 0 1 0 - 1

Bemidji 2 0 0 - 2

First period: 1. B, Follis (Serratore, Forseth) 6:19; 2. B, Follis (J.Heller) 14:51

Second period: 3. EGF, Laudermilt (unassisted) 8:13

Third period: No scoring

Saves: Aubol (EGF) 12-13-12-37; Graves (B) 6-5-6-17

Penalties: Bemidji 2 for 4 minutes; East Grand Forks 4 for 8 minutes

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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