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BOYS HOCKEY: Buffalo shuts out Bemidji 1-0

DULUTH – Bemidji couldn’t get on the scoreboard Friday afternoon and paid the price.

Despite outshooting Buffalo 21-17 in their consolation bracket game at the Duluth Heritage Holiday Classic, the Lumberjacks couldn’t find a goal and lost to the Bison 1-0.

“We gotta create goals,” BHS head coach Wade Chiodo said. “It’s tough to win when you don’t score, that’s the bottom line.”

The teams skated to a scoreless first period before Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard in the second. The Bison scored at the 3:24 mark when Jack Patnode got one past Bemidji goaltender Grant Tharaldson for the goal. Cale Eheresmann got the assist.

“We’re getting our opportunities but we’re gripping the stick a little too hard,” Chiodo said of the Lumberjacks, who fell to 2-8-0 on the season with the loss. “We’ve got to get confidence back in the offensive end and find a way to overcome this little drought.”

Tharaldson made 16 saves for the Lumberjacks, while Michael Otten stopped all 21 shots for the Bison (5-5-1) in the shutout.

The Lumberjacks return to the ice at 10 a.m. today for the seventh place game of the tournament. They’ll take on either Detroit Lakes.

Buffalo 1, Bemidji 0

Bemidji 0 0 0 – 0

Buffalo 0 1 0 – 1

First Period – No Scoring.

Second Period – 1, Buff, Patnode (Ehresmann), 3:24.

Third Period – No Scoring.

Shots On Goal – Bemidji (8-3-10=-21); Buffalo (6-4-7=21).

Goaltenders – Bemidji, Tharaldson (17-16); Buffalo, Otten (21-21).

Penalties-Minutes – Bemidji, 1-2; Buffalo, 0-0.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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