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GIRLS HOCKEY: Peart nets hat trick to lead Lightning over Jacks

Bemidji High School sophomore Jemma Copiskey (16) passes the puck to a teammate in the first period against Grand Rapids-Greenway Tuesday at the Bemidji Community Arena. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
Bemidji High School senior Shannon McBride (10) races to the puck in the first period of Tuesday's game against Grand Rapids-Greenway at the Bemidji Community Arena. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- Grand Rapids-Greenway junior Sadie Peart couldn’t be touched Tuesday night, as her three goals and one assist powered the Lightning to a 6-0 win over the Bemidji High School girls hockey team at Bemidji Community Arena.

“She just drove the net. She found ways to get the puck to the middle and she had a good shot,” BHS head coach Casey Reierson said.

Peart had two goals by the midway point in the first period, opening the scoring 1 minute, 16 seconds in and adding another on a top right corner snipe at the 8:16 mark.

By the end of the first 17 minutes, Maddie Drotts had buried GR-G’s third goal for a comfortable lead at the break.

The lone goal of the second period came from junior Quinn Kasell, who finished the night with a goal and two assists. Peart picked up an assist on her goal and finished her hat trick a minute and a half into the third.

Sophomore Kayden Broking finished off the scoring at the 10:02 mark for the 6-0 shutout. Drotts assisted on the goal to complete a two-point night.

Two of the Lumberjacks best chances in the game came off the stick of Maggie Marcotte. In the second period, she made her way behind the Lightning defense in front of the net, but her shot was stopped by junior goalie Kiya Danielson. Then, in the third period, Marcotte fired a hard shot from the high slot that went off the left post.

Bemidji junior Brooklyn Delap manned the blue paint for the Jacks, making 23 saves on 29 Lightning shots. On the other end, Danielson stopped all 13 Bemidji shots on goal for the shutout.

This early in the season, the spot of starting goaltender is up for grabs, according to Reierson.

“We have two goalies that don’t have a whole bunch of experience playing at the varsity level, so whatever one presents themselves better is the one that’s gonna end up playing most of the games towards the end of the season,” he said.

In her start in the season opener against East Grand Forks on Friday, freshman Nettie Kimble made 29 saves on 31 shots.

Struggles to contain opposing speedsters, combined with two games without goals, has the Jacks without a shortage of things to work on early this season.

“We need to work on scoring goals,” Reierson said. “We’re hungry for goals right now, and that’s gonna be the focus. And there’s still some little things in the D-zone that we didn’t do tonight. Forcing people to the wall and stuff, we didn’t do a good job. People were walking right by us.”

The Lumberjacks hope to clean things up in their defensive zone and will look to break the scoreless stretch when they host Thief River Falls at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the BCA.

Grand Rapids-Greenway 6, Bemidji 0

GRG 3 1 2 -- 6

BHS 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period -- 1, GRG, Peart (Kasell), 1:16; 2, GRG, Peart (Kasell, Bischoff), 8:16; 3, GRG, Drotts (Bischoff), 10:36.

Second Period -- 4, GRG, Kasell (Peart), 10:29.

Third Period -- 5, GRG, Peart (Unassisted), 1:32; 5, GRG (Short-handed), Broking (Drotts), 10:02.

Goaltending (Shots-Saves) -- BHS, Delap (23-29); GRG, Danielson (13-13)