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GIRLS HOCKEY: Bemidji drops season opener to East Grand Forks

The Bemidji High School girls hockey team opened its season with a 4-3 loss to East Grand Forks, coming up just short against the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon in EGF

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EAST GRAND FORKS -- The Bemidji High School girls hockey team opened its season with a 4-3 loss to East Grand Forks, coming up just short against the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon in EGF.

Megan Berg got the scoring started for the Lumberjacks 1:30 into the game off an assist from Kristen McClellan. EGF (1-0) soon answered with a Kara Ellis score at 9:11, followed by a Laura Pesch score at 12:48 to take the lead.

But the fun wasn’t nearly over in the first period. McClellan made her presence felt once again with an unassisted game-tying score at 13:09, but Ellis countered with another at 15:00 to give the Green Wave the 3-2 lead after one.

East Grand Forks added on in the second period when Blake Schultz scored at 13:20 to double up the difference. Bemidji (0-1) responded with another unassisted strike by McClellan on the power play at 3:25, but the Jacks could not find the equalizer down the stretch.

Goaltender Payton Weidemann stopped 32 shots for Bemidji, while the Green Wave’s Ashley Corbett stopped 21.

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The Jacks return to the ice for their home debut at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Bemidji Community Arena.

East Grand Forks 4, Bemidji 3

BHS 2 0 1 -- 3

EGF 3 1 0 -- 4

First period -- 1, BHS GOAL, Berg (McClellan), 1:30; 2, EGF GOAL, Ellis (Beck), 9:11; 3, EGF GOAL, Pesch (Lukach), 12:48; 4, BHS GOAL, McClellan (unassisted), 13:09; 5, EGF GOAL, Ellis (D’Heilly), 15:00.

Second period -- 6, EGF GOAL, Schultz (Ellis), 13:20.

Third period -- 7, BHS GOAL, McClellan (unassisted), 3:25, PP.

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Saves -- Weidemann (BHS) 32; Corbett (EGF) 21.

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