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GIRLS HOCKEY: BHS drops season opener to East Grand Forks

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji High School girls hockey team played its first game Friday at the Community Arena and new head coach Jackie Robertson was happy with the performance.

East Grand Forks spoiled Robertson’s coaching debut by downing the Lumberjacks 4-0 but Robertson saw as many positives as negatives during the game.

“I liked our hustle,” the coach said. “We came out strong, were a little flat in the middle, but were pressing hard at the end.

“Considering that we haven’t had many practices, I thought the girls played very well, especially against a team as talented as East Grand Forks.”

The Green Wave controlled play much of the game and outshot the Jacks 29-16. Most of their shots were from long distance and BHS goalie Emily Frazer was able to get clear views of the puck.

At times, however, EGF was able to work the puck into prime scoring territory and the Green Wave took advantage of those chances.

“We tried to keep them outside but there were times when we did spend a long time in our zone, we missed a step and got stuck down deep,” Robertson said.

“And that is when goals happen.”

Bemidji’s defense was able to limit East Grand Forks’ scoring chances in the first period but with 47 seconds remaining in the stanza the visitors worked the puck in close.

Tiffany Hanson did most of the work as she carried in from the left side and centered the puck to Lexi Mack who tapped it into the open side.

Bemidji was caught on its heels much of the second period but kept EGF off the scoreboard until the final six minutes.

Mack notched her second of the contest when she happened to be in the perfect spot to beat Frazer after Courtney Nelson’s original shot bounced off traffic and right onto Mack’s stick.

The visitors scored a back-breaking goal with 36 seconds to play in the period when Mack hit Riley Koberinski’s stick with a perfect pass and Koberinski was able to guide the puck inside the left post.

Bemidji generated a handful of scoring opportunities in the final 17 minutes but never found the net. East Grand Forks managed one more goal when Haley Mack skated through a pair of Lumberjacks and beat Frazer from close range.

“We have many new girls on the team and it’s going to take a while for us to get our coverages down,” Robertson said. “We saw some things that we need to work on and that’s what we’ll do.”

The Lumberjacks will return to the BCA Tuesday against Grand Rapids. On Nov. 15 they will host Thief River Falls at the BCA.

Both games will start at 7:30 p.m.

EGF            1  2  1  -  4

Bemidji      0  0  0  -  0

First period – 1, EGF L.Mack (Hanson, H.Mack), 16:13.

Second period – 2, EGF L.Mack (C.Nelson, K.Nelson), 10:52. 3, EGF Koberinski (L.Mack, H.Mack), 16:24

Third period – 4, EGF H.Mack (unassisted), 11:30

Shots on goal - EGF 6-16-8-29. Bemidji 6-5-5-16

Goalies – EGF, Galstad (16-16). Bemidji Frazer (25-29)

Power plays – EGF 0-1. Bemidji 0-2

Penalties – EGF 2 for 4 minutes. Bemidji 1 for 2 minutes

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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