Spearheaded by goals from 10 different skaters, Bemidji boys hockey ended a year-long wait for a victory with a massive 12-2 rout of Crookston on Friday evening in its home opener at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Despite having Nathan Alto’s early first-period, shorthanded goal cancelled out just 31 seconds later, the Lumberjacks amassed a sizable 4-1 advantage by the end of the frame. Lincoln Huerd, Hunter Marcotte, and Ethan Maish all tallied goals in order in the first, with Huerd’s his first at the varsity level.
The lead grew to 7-2 by the end of the second period, with another first-time varsity scorer among those to notch a finish for the Lumberjacks. Defenseman Cade Voge opened the scoring with his first high school goal, followed by further goals from Wylee Gladen and Marcotte.
Sophomores Wyatt Mattfield and Cooper Malkowski added their names to the list of first-time scorers in the third period, with Malkowski adding yet another goal later in the period after Colton Pickett and Grant Declusin had also scored.
Bemidji finished with an overwhelming 66-16 shots advantage, as Tanner Rebischke picked up 14 saves defensively for the Lumberjacks.
Alto and Mattfield each finished with a goal and two assists, while Cole Matetich also notched three points thanks to a trio of assists. Marcotte and Malkowski each scored twice, with Maish, Gladen, and Pickett each tallying a goal and assist, and Rhett Seeger contributing two helpers.
The win was Bemidji’s first in 16 games dating back to last season’s 3-2 victory against Crookston on the road on Jan. 6, 2020. It was also the Lumberjacks’ first win on home ice since topping Thief River Falls on Feb. 14, 2019.
Bemidji will take a 1-3 record into this Tuesday’s trip to St. Cloud for a 7:15pm game.