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BOYS HOCKEY: Knutson, Neadeau score twice as Jacks win 4th in a row, 6th of 7

The Lumberjacks kept streaking on Thursday at the Bemidji Community Arena, dispatching visiting Little Falls 5-0 to win their fourth consecutive contest and sixth in the last seven games.

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The Lumberjacks celebrate after senior Cael Knutson scored a power-play goal during the first period against Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys hockey team is rolling right now.

The Lumberjacks kept streaking on Thursday at the Bemidji Community Arena, dispatching visiting Little Falls 5-0 to win their fourth consecutive contest and sixth in the last seven games.

Bemidji’s recent scoring uptick continued with a new season high in goals, and Cael Knutson was right in the middle of it. The senior defenseman scored the Jacks’ first goal on the power play at 13:04 in the first period, then added on with his second score at 1:21 in the second period. Junior forward Peyton Neadeau scored at the 16:31 mark for a 3-0 lead by the second intermission.

BHS added insurance scores in the third period from Neadeau at 5:16 and Ephram Boucher at 13:41, finishing off the dominant shutout victory.

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Bemidji senior Max Fankhanel (13) controls the puck during the first period against Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
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Alex Schaefer secured a clean sheet in net for the Lumberjacks with 16 saves. Richie Varriano and Izaak Kalis split goaltender duties for Little Falls (4-5-1) and finished with 37 and four saves, respectively.

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Now sporting a winning record (7-6) for the first time this season, Bemidji gets right back to work against Alexandria at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, in Alex.

Bemidji 5, Little Falls 0

LF 0 0 0 -- 0

BHS 1 2 2 -- 5

First period -- 1, BHS GOAL, Knutson (Mattfield, Yavarow), 13:04.

Second period -- 2, BHS GOAL, Knutson (Mattfield), 1:21; 3, BHS GOAL, Neadeau (Stodgell, Brodina), 16:31.

Third period -- 4, BHS GOAL, Neadeau (Olson, Knutson), 5:16; 5, BHS GOAL, Boucher (M. Fankhanel), 13:41.

Saves -- Schaefer (BHS) 16; Varriano (LF) 37; Kalis (LF) 4.

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Bemidji sophomore Benjamin O'Leary (14) chases the puck during the first period against Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer
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The Lumberjacks face off in the first period against Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
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Bemidji sophomore Noah Mannausau (20) moves the puck up the ice during the first period against Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

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