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BOYS HOCKEY: 3 Jacks score, but Bemidji can’t match Brainerd

The Bemidji High School boys hockey team struggled to keep pace with Brainerd on Thursday, doubling the Warriors in shots on goal but ultimately losing 5-3 in Brainerd.

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BRAINERD – The Bemidji High School boys hockey team struggled to keep pace with Brainerd on Thursday, doubling the Warriors in shots on goal but ultimately losing 5-3 in Brainerd.

The Warriors got the scoring started with a goal by Aden Extrand at 1:46 in the first. They then doubled the lead with Harrison Seymour’s score at 3:22.

Bemidji (6-8-1) countered with a goal by Josef Lalli 8:03 into the second period, but Brainerd (2-10) responded with a power-play score by Max Roby at 9:38 and an even-strength shot by Seymour at 12:13, making it 4-1.

Wyatt Mattfield had something to say for the Jacks at 13:47 in the second, trimming the deficit to two. Linemate Nick Yavarow shaved it even closer at 11:44 in the third, putting Bemidji within one at 4-3.

Alas, it was the Warriors, not the Lumberjacks, who recorded the final score -- an empty-netter by Alex Jones at 16:15 to give Brainerd the 5-3 victory.

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Jed Klang was the centerpiece of the Warriors’ effort in net, stopping 41 of 44 shots to overcome Brainerd’s 44-20 shot disadvantage. Jackson Hill recorded 15 stops on 19 shots for the Jacks.

Bemidji will return to the rink at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Thief River Falls.

Brainerd 5, Bemidji 3

BEM 0 2 1 -- 3

BRD 2 2 1 -- 5

First period -- 1, BRD GOAL, Extrand (Stengrim), 1:16; 2, BRD GOAL, Seymour (unassisted), 3:22.

Second period -- 3, BEM GOAL, Lalli (Mattfield, Yavarow), 8:03; 4, BRD GOAL, Roby (Seymour, Jones), 9:38, PP; 5, BRD GOAL, Seymour (Kleffman), 12:13; 6, BEM GOAL, Mattfield (Lalli, Yavarow), 13:47.

Third period -- 7, BEM GOAL, Yavarow (Mattfield), 11:44; 8, BRD GOAL, Jones (Seymour), 16:15, EN.

Saves -- Hill (BEM) 15; Klang (BRD) 41.

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