Three unanswered goals propelled Bemidji boys hockey into a late lead after trailing 2-0 in the first period, but a late tying goal and a winner just 1:47 into overtime helped Greenway to a 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks on Tuesday at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine.
The first period was a slow starter for the Lumberjacks, who were outshot 13-6 and down by two at its conclusion. Micah Germander got the Raiders on the board at 10:04 of the first, tapping the puck under Bemidji goaltender Tanner Rebischke to put the home team ahead.
Just 1:23 later, the Raiders were 2-0 ahead thanks to a tight-angle rebound from Mitchell Vekich that popped over Rebischke.
Bemidji started to turn it around early in the second period, creating more chances in better spots and finding more looks breaking out through neutral ice. Rebischke was still tasked with making a few important saves, first making a series of stops after a giveaway.
Later on, the junior netminder had to be up to the task to thwart another opportunity from Germander.
After threatening throughout the period, the Lumberjacks’ breakthrough in the second came shorthanded with less than a minute to go. After making a block in the defensive zone, Connor Savard launched Dylan Perrault into a breakaway with a pass through the neutral zone, and the senior buried a backhander past the Raiders’ Logan Wright.
The momentum of the goal carried over into the third period, as Bemidji’s forecheck yielded more chances and offensive zone time. It also produced a tying goal at the 4:14 mark of the third period, a quick rip from Reid Colley on a tight angle for his first varsity goal.
With time winding down, another rush put the Lumberjacks into the lead. Gage Mostad led a 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone before getting tripped in the left circle. With the delayed penalty coming and sliding on his knees, Mostad was still able to backhand a shot under the pads of Wright.
Greenway answered with under two minutes remaining. After keeping the puck along the boards behind the net, the Raiders worked it back to senior defenseman Christian Miller, whose wrister beat Rebischke and deflected off the covering stick of Tate Hammitt inside the crease.
With the game tied at 3 and the shots even at 31 apiece, the game moved into an eight-minute, sudden-death overtime period. The winner came after just 1:47 on the first recorded shot on goal of the period, with Greenway defenseman Bodie Jorgenson benefiting from heavy traffic in front of the net to blast a shot through.
Rebischke and Wright each finished with 28 saves for their respective teams.
The loss is the Lumberjacks’ tenth in a row, dropping Bemidji to 3-20-1. The Jacks will learn their Section 8AA seed and quarterfinal opponent tomorrow before playing their final home game of the season on Thursday against Thief River Falls. Gametime is 7:30pm with pregame at 7:15 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 online.