HIGHLIGHTS: Bischoff’s Six-Goal Salvo Too Much For Lumberjacks In Home Opener

Bemidji girls hockey opened the home slate for the 2021-22 season with a 9-0 loss to Grand Rapids/Greenway on Tuesday evening in a game highlighted by the six goals of Lightning freshman Mercury Bischoff.

She opened the scoring a mere 29 seconds into the game on a rapid transition through the neutral zone that led to a lifted wrist shot over Bemidji’s Peyton Weidemann.

The Lumberjacks matched GRG well over the next several minutes of play, including nearly tying the game on Kristen McClellan’s close-range chance that was shut down by Lightning goalkeeper Makenzie Cole.

Grand Rapids/Greenway struck for another goal at just past the 10-minute mark of the period when Kallie Reed prodded in a loose puck around the crease.

Bischoff finished her hat-trick in rapid succession to close out the opening period, scoring her second of the night just 31 seconds after Reed’s goal before adding the third along in the slot with three minutes to play in period one.

The freshman was back in the scoring act midway through the second period at the 6:51 mark, just nine seconds before 8th grader Kylie DeBay tallied her first varsity goal to increase the lead to 6-0.

Bemidji had chances to pull a goal back in the game, but Cole remained up to the task in net, most notably on a series of looks initiated by Bella Webb in the second period.

The Lumberjacks were able to kill off a five-minute major penalty that had been given to McClellan for boarding, but Bischoff scored just after the expiration of the power play in the final minute of the period to run the lead up to 7-0 heading into the third.

The freshman’s sixth goal of the night came just 55 seconds into the third period against new Bemidji goaltender Ava Myhre, and Mira Rajala completed the final scoreline with her first varsity goal just over a minute later.

Bemidji was outshot 40-16, with Weidemann finishing with 24 saves and Myhre posting seven in relief.