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GIRLS HOCKEY: Bemidji picks up first win with 5-4 OT victory over Crookston

CROOKSTON – Bemidji finally earned its first win of the season Tuesday night.

The Lumberjacks survived two separate comebacks from Crookston – including a late game-tying goal in the third period – and rallied to defeat the Pirates 5-4 in overtime. The Lumberjacks outshot the Pirates 35-20 in the game.

“Everyone’s feeling pretty good,” BHS head coach Bob Brink said of the Jacks’ first win. “We probably should have had our first win a while ago, but our girls played hard tonight and I’m very proud of them.”

Bemidji (1-5-4) got on the board early in the first period with a score from Karleigh Wolkerstorfer.

Wolkerstorfer put the Lumberjacks ahead 2-0 with an unassisted tally at the 8:09 mark of the second period.

But Crookston (4-4) came back with a vengeance. The Pirates scored three straight goals on the power play – two from Brianna Breiland and another from Sabrina Delorme – to take a quick 3-2 lead into the third frame.

“In the second period we started to get a little sloppy there,” Brink said. “We had lots of penalties and lost composure a little bit. But the girls did a good job of holding them off in the third period.”

Indeed, BHS scored the next two goals to take a 4-3 lead, courtesy of Rachel Holm and Erin Booth.

Crookston’s Lizzy Awender tied the game at the 14:34 mark to force overtime, but the Lumberjacks pulled out the victory thanks to Mackenzie Hietala’s unassisted score at the 3:07 mark of overtime.

“It was huge to tie the game in the third period,” Brink said. “That gave us a lot of momentum for the win. It’s a big win for us.”

The Lumberjacks hope to keep their winning streak alive Saturday when they host Warroad at the Bemidji Community Arena.

Bemidji 1 1 2 1 – 5

Crookston 0 3 1 0 – 4

First Period – 1, BHS, Wolkerstorfer (unassisted), 4:59.

Second Period – 2, BHS, Wolkerstorfer (unassisted), 8:09; 3, Crook, Breiland (Demarais), 10:00, PP; 4, Crook, Delorme (Breiland), 10:42, PP; 5, Crook, Breiland (Schmitz), 14:22, PP.

Third Period – 6, BHS, Holm (unassisted), 0:18; 7, BHS, Booth (Wolkerstorfer, Dondelinger), 6:33, PP; 8, Crook, Awender (unassisted), 14:37.

Overtime – 9, BHS, Hietala (unassisted), 3:07.

Shots On Goal – Bemidji 35, Crookston 20.

Goaltenders – Bemidji, Miller (20-16); Crookston, Erickson (35-30).

Penalties-Minutes – Bemidji 7-17, Crookston 7-14.

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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