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Youth Hockey: Bemidji will play for Headwaters bracket title Sunday morning

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Pee Wee AA hockey team dropped its final pool play game during Saturday’s Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament, but the home squad rebounded with a win in its first bracket play game and will play for some hardware Sunday afternoon.

Bemidji, who lost its first two pool play games Friday – falling to Marquette, Mich., 6-2 and losing to the Grand Forks Seawolves 4-3 – played Andover in the final game of the North Division pool Saturday at Nymore Gardens.

Bemidji fell to Andover 2-1.

That placed Bemidji in the Headwaters bracket for fourth-place teams.

The home side had much more success in their semifinal contest, topping Keweenaw 10-3 at Bemidji Community Arena.

That puts Bemidji into Sunday morning’s Headwaters Bracket championship game, where they will play Crookston for the title. The game is scheduled to face off at 9 a.m. at the Sanford Center.

Crookston defeated Fort Frances, Ontario, 3-2 in their semifinal contest.

In the Championship Bracket, Brainerd will take on either Grand Rapids in the title game, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center.

Saturday’s Scores

Pool Play

North Division

Andover 2, Bemidji 1

Grand Forks Seawolves 9, Marquette, Mich., 3

South Division

Virginia 6, Keweenaw, Mich., 1

Brainerd 11, Eagan 3

East Division

St. Cloud 10, Cloquet 5

Fargo 6, Fort Frances, Ont., 3

West Division

Grand Forks Greyhounds 7, Crookston 2

Grand Rapids 5, Rogers 3

Bracket Play

Championship Bracket

Brainerd 5, Andover 2

Grand Rapids 6, St. Cloud 5

Lumberjack Bracket

Eagan 4, Grand Forks Seawolves 3

Grand Forks Greyhounds 5, Fargo 4

Blue Ox Bracket

Virginia 10, Marquette, Mich., 7

Cloquet 5, Rogers 1

Headwaters Bracket

Bemidji 10, Keweenaw, Mich., 3

Crookston 3, Fort Frances, Ont., 2

Sunday’s Schedule

Headwaters Bracket

Title game: Bemidji vs. Crookston, 9 a.m. (Sanford Center)

Consolation: Keweenaw, Mich., vs. Fort Frances, Ont., 9 a.m. (BCA)

Blue Ox Bracket

Title game: Virginia vs. Cloquet, 10:45 a.m. (Sanford Center)

Consolation: Marquette, Mich., vs. Rogers, 10:45 a.m. (BCA)

Lumberjack Bracket

Title game: Grand Forks Greyhounds vs. Eagan, 12:30 p.m. (Sanford Center)

Consolation: Grand Forks Seawolves vs. Fargo, 12:30 p.m. (BCA)

Championship Bracket

Title game: Brainerd vs. Grand Rapids, 2:30 p.m. (Sanford Center)

Consolation: Andover vs. St. Cloud, 2:30 p.m. (BCA)

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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