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BOYS HOCKEY: Jacks downed by Spuds in 4-1 loss

MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji High School boys hockey team closed the gap to one goal in the second period Tuesday night, but could not climb all the way back in a 4-1 loss at Moorhead.

The Lumberjacks (1-2) entered the middle frame trailing 1-0 thanks to a first-period goal from Luke Gramer, though goaltender Broc Waldhausen came up with 12 saves to keep Bemidji within a goal.

Cullen Gess extended the lead to 2-0 in favor of the No. 20-ranked Spuds (3-1) at the 6:25 mark of the second period.

Thomas Horan thought he had scored a power-play goal with 7 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the second period. The Spuds celebrated a 3-0 lead but the referees waved off the goal due to goalie interference.

Bemidji found new life and 32 seconds after the waved-off goal, Bjorn Jorgenson cut the deficit in half with his shorthanded breakaway goal at 10:12 of the period to put the Jacks on the board. Hunter Olson picked up an assist on the goal.

The score remained 2-1 through the second intermission, but Kyler Kleven gave Moorhead a two-goal cushion once more 8 minutes, 19 seconds into the third period.

The same line produced its second goal of the period six minutes later when Nolan Westra buried the Spuds’ fourth goal of the game to bring the game to its final score.

Waldhausen recorded 30 saves on 34 shots for the night in the loss, while Hudson Hodges saved 14 of 15 shots to earn the win in net.

The Lumberjacks continue their challenging early-season stretch of games Thursday, Dec. 6, with a trip to face the defending Class AA runners-up, Duluth East. The game against the No. 2 Greyhounds (2-0) is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Duluth.

Moorhead 4, Bemidji 1

BEM 0 1 0 -- 1

MHD 1 1 2 -- 4

First period -- 1, MHD, Gramer (unassisted), 2:11.

Second period -- 2, MHD, Gess (unassisted), 6:25; 3, BEM, Jorgenson (Olson), 10:12, SH.

Third period -- 4, MHD, Kleven (Henkemeyer-Howe, Westra), 8:19; 5, MHD, Westra (Henkemeyer-Howe, Kleven), 14:57, EN.

Saves -- BEM, Waldhausen 12-12-6—30. MHD, Hodges 3-3-8—14.