Despite surrendering the first goal of the night, Bemidji boys hockey responded with every tally the rest of the way for a comfortable 6-1 Senior Night win over Crookston on Tuesday evening.
The visiting Pirates managed only seven shots on goal the entire night, but used one of their first just 2:47 into the game to snatch a power play goal from Kadin Edwards.
Cade Voge tied the game for the Lumberjacks exactly eight minutes later when the senior beat Crookston goaltender Jaron Bailey with a follow-up wrister in the high slot.
Just after picking up an assist on Voge’s goal for his first varsity point, junior Ashton Niemi scored for the first time on a bouncing puck in the slot to put Bemidji up 2-1 late in the first.
Jackson Hill shared the Bemidji net with fellow senior goaltender Brayden Puppe and was called into urgent action late in the first period to stop a shorthanded breakaway from Jack Doda.
The Lumberjacks’ lead grew to 3-1 with a power play goal scored early in the second by Wyatt Mattfield.
With penalties stacking up during the second period, Bemidji notched another goal on special teams–but this time, it was shorthanded from Nick Yavarow to finish a 2-on-1 rush with Tyson Bjornerud.
Just as Hill had done during his half of the game, Puppe came up with a breakaway stop early in the third period to keep Edwards from scoring for a second time.
Another first varsity goal was put on the board at 2:39 of the third when sophomore Peyton Neadeau tipped in a drive from Casey Rupp.
Yavarow skillfully scored the night’s final goal with a no-look backhand that snuck by Bailey.
Bemidji (6-7-1) finished with a commanding 54-7 shot count in snapping a four-game losing streak. The Lumberjacks will return to the ice on Thursday for a visit to Brainerd.