GIRLS HOCKEY: Three Lumberjacks score twice to help Bemidji beat International Falls 6-4
BEMIDJI — Jordyn Follis, Heather Olson and Madison Schultz entered Thursday with zero combined varsity goals. They each scored a pair of them in a 6-4 win over International Falls Thursday at the Bemidji Community Arena.
“Having three girls score their first varsity goal in one game is very good to see,” Bemidji head coach Jackie Robertson said. “To get new girls scoring goals is always good.”
After spending most of the opening four minutes of the game chasing the puck in their defensive zone, the Broncos capitalized on a faceoff on the other end and struck first on a goal scored by Jenna Anderson. Amy Auran and Katie West picked up assists on the play.
Just 45 seconds later, the Lumberjacks answered to tie the game. Follis took a pass from Kelsey Isaacson and beat Broncos goaltender Kalaya McConnell.
Schultz scored a pair of goals in the remainder of the first period to help BHS build a 3-1 lead heading to the first intermission. Her first goal was assisted by Heather Olson, while her second came off of a redirection of Hanna Olson’s shot from just in front of the blue line.
“It was big for us to gain that momentum at the beginning of the game,” Robertson said. “Consistency is going to be important in the future though.”
Less than 90 seconds into the second period, Heather Olson snuck a shot between the post and McConnell’s stick side to increase the lead to 4-1.
Just a minute after killing its first penalty of the game, Bemidji committed a second penalty and this time, International Falls was able to capitalize. Auran scored the goal to make the score 4-2.
International Falls cut the deficit to one with less than six minutes remaining in the period when Lexi Erickson flipped the puck over Bemidji goaltender Emily Frazer’s left shoulder. That made it 4-3.
“They did a good job of coming back,” Robertson said. “Now, consistency will be the key so we can eliminate those kind of comebacks once we get a lead.”
But the Lumberjacks answered with a power play goal on their first opportunity, as Heather Olson found the back of the net for the second time of the game.
Anderson added her second goal of the game, this time on a power play, with just 18 seconds left in the period, to cut again Bemidji’s lead to just one goal at 5-4 after the second period.
In the third frame, Follis joined Olson and Schultz with two goals when she fired her shot right between McConnell’s legs and into the net to make the score 6-4.
After allowing a pair of power play goals in the second period, Bemidji tightened up its penalty kill. Not only did they kill a five-minute power play, but they controlled the puck during most of their disadvantage.
“The effort on that penalty kill was very good,” Robertson said. “Our penalty kill is something we have to work on, as is our discipline and not taking as many penalties.”
Leighton Rockensock turned away all seven shots in the third period. She relieved Frazer, who made 11 saves in the first two periods.
McConnell made 26 saves for the Broncos.
The Lumberjacks (2-3) host Warroad Tuesday — their fifth home game in six total contests. The Broncos fall to 2-2 and travel to Lake of the Woods Monday night.
Bemidji 6, International Falls 4
IF 1 3 0 — 4
Bem 3 2 1 — 6
First Period — 1, IF, Anderson (West, Auran) 4:00; 2, Bem, Follis (Isaacson) 4:45; 3, Bem, Schultz (He.Olson) 8:36; 4, Bem, Schultz (Ha.Olson) 13:44.
Second Period – 5, Bem, He.Olson (unassisted) 1:25; 6, IF, Auran (West, Fox) 4:47; 7, IF, Erickson (Auran) 11:20; 8, Bem, He.Olson (Ha.Olson, Frazer) 13:31; 9, IF, Anderson (unassisted) 16:42.
Third Period – 10, Bem, Follis (unassisted) 4:51.
Shots: IF – 8,7,7—22; Bem – 13,12,7—32.
Goalies: IF, McConnell (26-32); Bem, Frazer (11-15,) Rockensock (7-7)
Power plays: IF – 2-5; Bem 1-1
Penalties/Minutes: IF 1/2; Bem 5/13.