Elizabeth Oster’s first-period goal held up for two periods for Bemidji girls hockey before a four-goal explosion in the third from Grand Rapids/Greenway took the hosts to a 4-2 win at the IRA Civic Center on Tuesday.
Oster’s tally came at 11:48 of the opening period, as she jammed in a loose puck amidst a scramble in front of the Lightning net.
Following her 45-save showing against River Lakes in the season opener, senior Nettie Kimble was busy again in goal for Bemidji. She tallied 40 saves, including a series of stops to keep the Lumberjacks in front through two periods of play.
The Lightning tied the game a mere 35 seconds into the third period, with Mercury Bischoff notching a power play goal early into the final frame.
Just over three minutes later, Claire Vekich put Grand Rapids/Greenway ahead for good with an even strength goal set up by Bischoff.
A further power play goal from the hosts put Bemidji in a two-goal hole, but MaKenna Dreher gave the Lumberjacks some late life on a goal set up by Kiera Nelson at 13:21 of the third.
Grand Rapids/Greenway answered just over a minute later to restore the two-goal advantage and wrap up the 4-2 victory. The Lightning held a 44-23 advantage in shots while scoring on both power play chances they had.
The Lumberjacks fell to 0-2 with the defeat.