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Bemidji girls hockey team hosts Warroad

The Bemidji High School girls hockey team will test itself against an elite opponent today when it hosts Warroad at 7 p.m. at the Community Arena.

According to the Let's Play Hockey experts who vote on the state polls, Warroad is the best team in Class A girls hockey and one of the three best teams in either class.

BHS will take a 6-10-2 record into tonight's action while Warroad is a gaudy 16-3-0. The lone losses the Warriors have sustained this year were 3-2 and 1-0 setbacks at the hands of Minnetonka and a 2-1 loss to Edina.

In the latest Let's Play Hockey poll, Minnetonka (16-1) is ranked No. 1 in Class AA while Edina (17-2) is rated second.

Among Bemidji's losses is a 6-0 decision at Warroad in late November.

Each team was in action Tuesday. The Lumberjacks squandered a 2-0 lead and dropped a 3-2 decision at Cloquet while Warroad blitzed Roseau 6-2.

At Cloquet the Lumberjacks scored the game's first two goals as Casey Miller connected at 7:09 of the first period on the power play and Amanda Hunt found the net three minutes later.

But Cloquet dominated the second period and scored three unanswered goals. Bemidji held an edge in the final stanza but couldn't notch the equalizer.

Tonight's game has no bearing on the Section 8AA seedings but Bemidji and Warroad both are members of the Greater Minnesota Conference.

The Warriors lead the league with a 7-0 record while Crookston stands 7-3, Roseau 5-4, Moorhead 3-3-1, Thief River Falls 4-5-1, East Grand Forks 3-5-1, Bemidji 1-6-1 and Detroit Lakes 0-4.

The Lumberjacks are better situated in the 8AA ranks as they are 2-3-2 among section foes and are in fourth place with six points.

BHS has two section games remaining, Saturday against Sartell and Feb. 3 against Roseau. Saturday's game will begin at noon at Nymore Arena while the Roseau contest is set for 7 p.m. at The Sanford Center.

Brainerd leads the section at 5-1-2 while Sartell is 4-2-1, North Wright County 3-1-1 and Bemidji 2-3-2. Trailing the leaders are Roseau at 2-0-1, St. Cloud at 2-4, Moorhead at 1-4-1 and River Lakes at 1-5.

Sharing tonight's home spotlight is the girls basketball team as the Lumberjacks will entertain Brainerd at 7:30 p.m.

BHS (4-8) is coming off Tuesday's 66-58 home loss to Crookston while Brainerd (4-7) dropped a 50-47 decision to Little Falls on Tuesday.

Tonight's game is the lone meeting of the winter between the two teams.

Jess Yost scored 19 points Tuesday and leads BHS with an average of 18.25 points per game. Greta Steever, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing time with illness, is the only other Lumberjack averaging in double figures with 10.67.

Caitlin Hadrava is scoring at a 7.86 points per game clip while Summer Monsrud averages 5.17, Cheyenne Woods 4.58, Jenna Sagedahl 4.42, Maren Erpelding 1.75 and Cori Treat 1.58.

Yost is the team leader with 157 rebounds and Steever is second with 72. Yost's 53 blocks also represent a team-high as do her 41 steals while Woods has dished 43 assists and Monsrud 32.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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