Power play goals in the opening two periods and a surprise even-strength tally in the third failed to be matched by Bemidji boys hockey in a 3-0 shutout loss to Delano on Saturday afternoon at the Delano Area Sports Arena.
The Lumberjacks were stymied all afternoon by Delano goaltender Thomas Huotari, who stopped 24 shots for his first varsity shutout. After scoring twice in the season opener at Roseau, Ethan Maish was denied a good chance just off the slot early in the first period after a Lumberjack power play.
The host Tigers went ahead on a power play of their own at 11:56 of the first period, as Jesse Peterson nabbed a deflected pass and roofed a wrister past Bemidji goaltender Tanner Rebischke.
Bemidji continued to create good chances in the second period, but could not cash in on rebounds or finish off rushes into the offensive zone.
Delano again took advantage of a power play to double the lead at 11:51 of the second. Adam Brown finished off another chance created on the man advantage to give the home team a 2-0 lead at second intermission.
Much of the early third period pressure was created by the Lumberjacks, but once again they could not find a breakthrough as Maish and Wylee Gladen could not combine to beat Huotari.
A controversial play marked the preceding moments to Delano’s third goal at 9:39 of the third period. An icing call against the Lumberjacks gave the Tigers an offensive zone face-off, despite protests from Grant Declusin that he had touched the puck on the long pass up ice. After a tie-up on the ensuing draw, the Tigers kept the puck in the zone against the wall before Tyler Selstad beat Rebischke from no angle to his right to add another goal to the lead.
Further pressure and rushes from the Lumberjacks failed to yield a goal, as they missed out on both breakaways and odd man rushes.
Rebischke made 17 saves in the game, as the Lumberjacks outshot Delano 24-20.
Bemidji is 0-2 overall to start the season and will travel to Warroad tomorrow evening for a 7:30pm game. Pregame will be at 7:15 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and KBUN1 at kbunsportsradio.com.