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Third-period letdown dooms BHS girls hockey team in 7-1 loss

The Bemidji High School girls hockey team stuck with North Wright County for two periods, but NWC took complete control in the final 10 minutes of the game and downed the Lumberjacks 7-1 Saturday in Buffalo.

Saturday's loss dropped BHS to 0-4, and the Jacks will hope to snap the losing streak Tuesday when they visit Warroad.

"Penalties and breakdowns cost us in the final 10 minutes," said Bemidji coach Matt Menne. "We were playing very well during the first two periods but we went to pieces in the last 10 minutes."

NCW led only 2-1 heading into the final stanza but took complete control with five goals within 10 minutes. The barrage began 3:16 into the third period when Casey Blomberg scored the third of her four goals. When the onslaught ended at the 13:20 mark North Wright County had its 7-1 lead.

Blomberg gave NWC a 2-0 lead with single goals in each of the first two periods. Allie Lapp brought the Jacks within 2-1 12:57 into the middle session when she converted a rebound of Becca Gregg's shot.

The 2-1 deficit continued into the third period but NWC eventually took charge.

"Our competitive level has been good but we have a ways to go," Menne said. "We're taking our lumps now but we continue to look at where we are going and how we want to finish the season.

"How we are playing at the end of the year is what is important."

Laura Thompson finished with 34 saves while Amanda Koep had 14 stops in the NWC net.

Bemidji 0 1 0 - 1

North Wright County 1 1 5 - 7

First Period

NWC-Blomberg (Olson, Heiber) 8:54 PP. Penalties: NWC - Gudmonson (check) 1:31; NWC-Achterkirch (contact to head) 4:23; B-Lapp (trip) 5:15; B-Wolkerstorfer (high stick) 8:13; B-Hunt (slash) 9:04; B-(Nelson) cross check) 11:54; NWC-Blomberg (elbow) 15:09

Second Period

NWC-Blomberg (unassisted) 8:53; B-Lapp (Gregg) 12:57 PP. Penalties: NWC-Sibley (interfere) 1:55; B-Phelps (hook) 5:05; B-Hunt (cross check) 9:12; NWC-Olson (check) 12:03

Third Period

NWC-Blomberg (Sjelin, Scott) 3:16; NWC-Sjelin (Olson) 7:04 PP; NWC-Blomberg (Sjelin) 8:53; NWC-Young (Sibley, Achterkirch) 10:28; NWC-Olson (Young) 13:20. Penalties: B-Tower (trip) 5:49; B-Lapp (hook) 13:39; B-Heifort (check from behind major) 14:47; B-Heifort (game misconduct) 14:47


Thompson (B) 12 13 9 - 34

Koep (NWC) 4 9 1 - 14

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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