Jacks cruise to win

The Bemidji High girls hockey team breezed into the 8AA playoff semifinals Saturday night, blanking Buffalo 4-0 before a small turnout at the John Glas Field House.

The Bemidji High girls hockey team breezed into the 8AA playoff semifinals Saturday night, blanking Buffalo 4-0 before a small turnout at the John Glas Field House.

Bemidji will meet St. Cloud Tech Tuesday at Alexandria in the opening game of the twin bill. Game time is 6:30.

Bemidji played a relaxed game Saturday taking a 2-0 first period lead and adding single goals in the final two stanzas.

It out shot the Bison 40-23 and missed on a number of good shots all night.

Savanna Osborn went the route to post her fourth shutout. She was tested several times and came through on every occasion.


The four Bemidji goals came off as many different sticks. Jessica Hunt and Shelby Sauer had the first period scores. Courtney Josefson recorded her 23rd goal in the second and assisted on Kaitlan Dickson's sixth goal in the third.

There were 14 penalties assessed, seven on each team. Bemidji hit twice on the power play and once short handed with a fourth goal coming one second after a power play ended but before the player was back into the action.

The home team came out firing, outgunning the Bison 16-6 in the opening period.

Hunt completed a flurry in front of the net a minute into the first Bemidji power play, Josefson and Sarah Erickson getting assists on the play.

Six minutes later, Sauer recorded her fifth goal off an Alissa Johnson feed, driving home a rebound at the corner.

Erickson fired high at the end of a solo breakaway late in the period and Osborn thwarted a Buffalo chance a minute later recording a stop and rebound save to keep the visitors off he board.

The second period was a near standoff with each team getting nine shots on goal. The lone difference was that one of Bemidji's went in, Josefson's shorthanded tally just after teammate Haley Johnson left for a high stick. Carly Swenson drew the assist which Josefson carried in from the red line behind the Buffalo defense.

Bemidji regained control in the final period, out shooting Buffalo 15-8 with Dickson getting a rebound goal after a flurry of shots around the crease. Haley Johnson and Josefson had the feeds.


Osborn finished with 23 stops. Brittany Freund had 36 for Buffalo.

Bemidji reached the 20 win mark for its fifth time in history and will take a 20-5-1 mark to the semifinals.

Buffalo ended 12-14-1. The Bison dressed only two seniors, only one of whom played regularly.

Bemidji beat Tech 6-0 in their regular season game.

"I thought we played well tonight," said Coach Matt Menne. "We could easily have had four or five more goals. Our power play unit performed particularly well. We will need more of that type of play Tuesday."

BEMIDJI (4) Goal: Osborn; Defense; Swenson-Reutzel; Perrault-Swartz; Larson-Kramka; Lines: Christofferson-Erickson-Josefson: Dickson-H. Johnson-Engen; Sauer-A. Johnson-Hunt; Colley-Williamson-Rich

BUFFALO (0) Goal: Freund; Defense: Mahoney-Olson; Platzer-Varner; Briant; Lines: Rosso-Malecek-A. Parsons; Stevenson-S. Parsons-Bergslien; Alexander-Campion-Wachter; DuBois-Rajewsky-Lebovsky

Buffalo 0 0 0---0


Bemidji 2 1 1---4

FIRST PERIOD: Hunt (Josefson-Erickson) 2:57 pp; Sauer (A. Johnson) 8:48; Penalties: Erickson, check 0:21; Varner, interference 1:46; A. Parsons, interference 6:47; Perrault, trip 9:09

SECOND PERIOD: Josefson (Swenson) 2:17 sh; Penalties; H. Johnson, high stick 1:51;B Bergslien, check 4:52; Stevenson, hold 7:37; Stevenson, check 9:41; Swenson, cross check 8:41

THIRD PERIOD: Dickson (Josefson-H. Johnson) 6:20; Penalties: Stevenson, heck 1:33; Perrault, roughing and A. Parsons, hold 4:00; Mahoney, check 5:18; H. Johnson, trip 10:44

Power plays: Bemidji 2-6; Buffalo 0-6

Goal stops

Freund 14 8 14---36

Osborn 6 9 8---22


Officials: David White and Mike Malterud

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