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Top-ranked Warroad blanks Bemidji HS girls hockey team

Bemidji's Chantiel Nelson brings the puck down the ice during Thursday's game against Warroad at the Bemidji Community Arena. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Warroad lived up to its billing Thursday as the top-ranked Class A girls hockey team blanked Bemidji 6-0 at the Community Arena.

The shutout was Warroad's second against the Lumberjacks this winter as the Warriors blanked BHS 6-0 Nov. 30 in Warroad.

"Warroad made it tough for us to make plays," said Bemidji coach Matt Menne. "We had three or four chances but through the neutral zone and on our breakouts Warroad made it difficult for us."

The visitors held a decisive advantage in territorial play and continually manufactured solid scoring opportunities. They were able to convert a pair of them in each period and midway through the final stanza the game was governed by running time.

"Warroad made us look individual by taking away our ice and our space," Menne said. "And they should. Warroad has five Division I forwards and another Division I goalie. Warroad is a very good hockey team."

Laura Thompson finished with 24 saves but the Warriors managed a pair of goals in each period.

Kayla Gardner collected a hat trick while Megan Brettingen, Karley Sylvester and Abby Wilmer each scored once.

Bemidji was whistled for seven penalties and the visitors scored two power play goals.

"The effort and attitude of our kids was very good," Menne said. "But when you play a team that is as stacked as Warroad, you can't give them any chances.

"Warroad is a very good team and they didn't give us any place to go with the puck."

BHS, 6-12-2, will be home noon Saturday when it hosts section rival Sartell at the Nymore Arena.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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