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BOYS HOCKEY: 3rd period comeback gives Bemidji first road win in EGF since 2012

For the first time since 2012, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team is returning home from East Grand Forks with a win.

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EAST GRAND FORKS -- For the first time since 2012, the Bemidji High School boys hockey team is returning home from East Grand Forks with a win.

The Lumberjacks’ last road win against EGF came in January 2012, and BHS had gone 0-7-2 there ever since.

That trend changed Tuesday night, though. The Lumberjacks surmounted a 2-1 deficit in the third period, as Wyatt Mattfield and Peyton Neadeau scored late to give BHS a 3-2 victory.

The Jacks (3-5) struck first, as Dominic Arndt scored at 2:12 in the first period for a quick 1-0 lead. Caleb Schmiedeberg countered for the Green Wave with a tying goal at 15:45.

EGF (5-3) gained the advantage in the second period with Jace Van Eps’ goal at 6:23, but Bemidji had something to say about that in the third frame. Mattfield scored on the power play at 3:34 for a 2-2 tie, then Neadeau netted the game winner at 13:05.

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Tate Metcalf finished with 19 saves in net for the Lumberjacks, while East Grand Forks’ Chase Mero stopped 15.

BHS returns to the ice against Roseau at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, in Roseau.

Bemidji 3, East Grand Forks 2

BHS 1 0 2 – 3

EGF 1 1 0 – 2

First period – 1, BHS GOAL, Arndt (M. Fankhanel, Mannausau), 2:12; 2, EGF GOAL, Schmiedeberg (Jamieson, Bies), 15:45.

Second period – 3, EGF GOAL, Van Eps (Hills), 6:23.

Third period – 4, BHS GOAL, Mattfield (Knutson, Mannausau), 3:34, PP; 5, BHS GOAL, Neadeau (Gessner, Mattfield), 13:05.

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Saves – Metcalf (BHS) 19; Mero (EGF) 25.

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