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GIRLS HOCKEY: Bemidji rallies for draw with Class A No. 3 East Grand Forks

EAST GRAND FORKS — Rachel Holm’s unassisted goal at the 6 minute, 20 second mark tied things up for Bemidji, and the Lumberjacks’ girls basketball team rallied for a 2-2 tie against Class A No. 3 East Grand Forks Tuesday night.

“It was awesome,” BHS head coach Jackie Robertson said. “The girls plays very hard. This time around we did the little things like backchecking and picking up out sticks. It’s a great result for us.”

The Lumberjacks (6-10-3) had lost to the Green Wave (20-1-1) 4-0 earlier this season — the first game of the season for BHS.

But this time around, the Lumberjacks got out to an early start and it was EGF that was playing catch-up in the game.

Morgan Dondelinger scored at 10:09 of the first period to give BHS a 1-0 lead going into intermission.

The Wave, whose only loss this season was against undefeated Class A No. 1 Thief River Falls, tied it up on Erica Eaves’ goal just 16 seconds into the second period but the Lumberjacks held strong and the score remained tied going into the second intermission.

In the third period CoCo Piche game EGF its first lead at 3:36 but Holm’s tally three minutes later — a weird bounce that EGF goaltender Sam Rarick must not have seen — gave BHS the equalizer.

Neither team scored in the overtime and Bemidji survived for the tie.

The Green Wave outshot the Lumberjacks 35-12, BHS goaltender Leighton Rockensock had 33 saves.

“Rock had an outstanding game,” Robertson said of her team’s goaltender. “She kept us in the game there.”

The Lumberjacks return to the ice Thursday at Crookston then return home to take on Alexandria Saturday.

Bemidji 2, East Grand Forks 2, OT

Bemidji 1 0 1 0 — 2

EGF 0 1 1 0 — 2

First Period — 1, BHS, Dondelinger (Schultz), 10:09.

Second Period — 2, EGF, Eades (Langei), 0:16.

Third Period — 3, EGF, Piche (Langei, Schultz), 3:36; 4, BHS, Holm (Unassisted), 6:20.

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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