A scoreless game broke open with a burst of third period goals, but Bemidji girls hockey fell short in a 3-1 defeat to Moorhead on the road Saturday at the Moorhead Sports Center.
Just seconds after going behind on an Olivia Dronen goal early in the third, Bemidji knotted the game back up thanks to Lexi Leitner, who scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season just four seconds into a power play at 2:42 of the period. Ariyah Thomas and Eva Latuiri were credited with the assists for the Lumberjacks.
The 1-all tie lasted just over four minutes, as the Spuds’ Bria Holm scored the eventual game-winner at 6:50 of the third.
Hailey Hedlund wrapped up the victory for Moorhead by scoring with just over two minutes to play.
Nettie Kimble picked up 30 saves in goal for Bemidji in the defeat, including another array of impressive stops to keep the game scoreless in the first two periods.
The Lumberjacks were outshot 33-14, including by a 13-5 margin in the decisive third period. Powerplays were in short supply in the game, as the Jacks went 1-for-3 while the Spuds failed to convert on their only opportunity in the first period.
Bemidji sits at 10-12 overall after the loss, and will now prepare for a visit to Cloquet on Thursday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 from the Cloquet Area Recreation Center.