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Sartell goalie stops Bemidji girls 2-1

Erin Deters of Sartell has earned the reputation of being the best goaltender in the section, and Saturday afternoon at Nymore Arena she lived up to that billing, stopping 41 of 42 shots and lifting Sartell to a 2-1 overtime victory over Bemidji.

"Before the game Sartell coach Marty Anderson was joking that Bemidji would probably outshoot Sartell 40-15 but that Deters would be the difference," said BHS coach Matt Menne. "As it turns out, he was right."

The visitors scored 22 seconds into the game and didn't get another sniff at success until Jenna Kamholz collected the game-winner 6:47 into the overtime.

In between the Lumberjacks dominated all aspects of the game, holding a huge territorial edge, outworking and outskating the visitors and pelting Deters with everything they had.

BHS outshot Sartell 6-5 in the opening stanza but the difference ballooned in the middle period when the Jacks owned a 15-3 shot advantage.

The trend continued into the third period as the home team had 13 shots and limited Sartell to only five.

In the overtime Bemidji tested Deters eight times while Sartell scored on its second shot.

The lone Bemidji shot to get by Deters was Allie Lapp's jab of a rebound 10:47 into the third period. The Lumberjacks were on the power play when Chaniel Nelson drew a faceoff to Amanda Hunt at the blue line. Hunt fired a low wrister that Deters stopped but Lapp was able to bat home the rebound.

Unfortunately, the Lumberjacks were unable to take advantage of many second-chance shots as Deters and her defense were experts at clearing the puck out of danger.

"I knew we were going to get lots of quality chances," Menne said. "But what we needed to do was to get those rebounds, to get the tips and to set up screens.

"It is disappointing and frustrating to outplay a team that badly and not win. The kids are doing extremely well and playing the best that they can. But the bottom line is you have to score goals to win games."

BHS won the opening faceoff and immediately generated a quality scoring chance as Lapp ripped a shot from between the circles. Deters, however made the save and her teammates headed up the ice. Eventually the puck came to Lexi Holman who was camped at the left circle and the freshman buried a shot past goaltender Laura Thompson.

During the next 33 minutes, however, Sartell would generate only seven more shots. During the same time frame the Lumberjacks would test Deters 20 times.

"We poured it on, especially late in the game," Menne said. "But when you don't have any snipers, and you don't get to the rebounds or set the screens, it is hard to score on a goalie like Deters.

"But the kids gave a great effort and we really wanted to reward them with a 'W'."

Bemidji, 6-13-2, will be at Grand Rapids Tuesday. Thursday it will host Crookston at Nymore Arena and, after visiting Alexandria on Saturday, BHS will close the regular season Feb. 3 at The Sanford Center against Roseau.

Sartell 1 0 0 1 - 2

Bemidji 0 0 1 0 - 1

First period: 1. S, Holman (Kamholz) 0:22

Second period: No scoring

Third period: 2. B, Lapp (Hunt, Nelson) 10:47 PP

Overtime: 3. S, Kamholz (unassisted)

Panalites: Sartell 5 for 10 minutes; Bemidji 5 for 10 minutes

Saves: Deters (S) 6-15-12-8-41; Thompson (B) 4-3-5-1-13

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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