Bemidji came from a goal down three times to secure a 3-3 tie with Thief River Falls in girls hockey on Thursday evening at the Bemidji Community Arena.
The tie was the Lumberjacks’ first result of the season and came in rallying fashion during a free-scoring opening two periods. The Prowler’s Shelby Breiland opened the scoring at 4:01 of period one with an unassisted tally.
Lexi Leitner provided Bemidji’s answer at 10:56 of the first on a tying goal set up by Ellie Solheim and Teriana Melcher.
Breiland needed only 42 seconds after the goal to put Thief River Falls ahead again, scoring unassisted and at even strength once more.
Power play opportunities would play a vital role in helping the Lumberjacks pick up the tie, starting with a quick equalizer at 13:09 of the first from Bella Webb on a flurry around the crease.
After a wild opening period of scoring, the Prowlers again went ahead just over three minutes into the second period on Gretchen Cota’s goal.
But once more, the lead would not last long. Another power play turned into a goal for Bemidji’s Elizabeth Oster at 5:28 of the second period, with assists provided by Leitner and Kristen McClellan.
Bemidji had another crucial power play chance late in the second and in the early minutes of the third period after a five-minute major and game misconduct on Thief River’s Daniella Niebuhr on a check from behind. But the Lumberjacks failed to find the net and ended five-minute stretch down a skater after subsequent minor penalties on Webb and McClellan.
Nettie Kimble tallied 30 saves for the evening and ensured the game remained knotted up with a series of stops later in the third.
Bemidji outshot Thief River Falls 4-3 in the overtime session, but neither team was able to find a winning goal in the extra frame. The Prowlers held a 33-29 shots edge overall.
The result leaves the Lumberjacks at 0-12-1 ahead of a trip to St. Cloud on Tuesday for a 6:15pm game.