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The Bemidji High School girls hockey team was not interested in overtime on Thursday night.
Entering Tuesday’s contest at 5-0 – the Lumberjacks’ best start in at least 21 seasons – Bemidji had hopes of matching up with Warroad, the reigning Class A state champions. But the Jacks instead ran into a humming buzzsaw, losing for the first time this season.
The Lumberjacks defeated previously-unbeaten Roseau 3-1 on the road, which snaps the program’s 34-game losing streak to the Rams in a drought that dated back to 2007.
The 4-0 start is the Lumberjacks’ best since the 2005-06 season and caps a week where Bemidji also defeated Grand Rapids/Greenway and Thief River Falls – the latter a 3-0 shutout victory as well.
There are youth movements, and then there’s what the Bemidji High School girls hockey team is putting on display so far this year. Thursday was another case in point, as two middle schoolers did all the scoring for the Lumberjacks against Thief River Falls at the Bemidji Community Arena.
The victory was Bemidji’s first over the Lightning since 2013 and snapped a 13-game losing skid against Grand Rapids/Greenway.

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Two Bemidji underclassmen recorded four points each. Freshman Megan Berg had the game's first goal for the Jacks, plus a second-period score and two assists. Eighth-grader Bailey Rupp scored the Lumberjacks’ second goal and assisted on Berg’s opening score, plus two others.
The 17-year-old Achterkirch plays soccer and golf in addition to hockey, where she put up over a point-per-game last season for the Royals.
The 16-year-old forward led the Mirage with 28 goals as a sophomore in 2021-22.

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