Ava Myhre stopped all eight shots faced for her first varsity win and shutout, and Ellie Solheim, first-time scorer Mya Lundeen, and Mali McLean supplied the goals to give Bemidji girls hockey a 3-0 win at Sartell/Sauk Rapids on Saturday afternoon.
Making her first start of the season in goal after splitting time with Payton Weidemann in Thursday’s shutout of Thief River Falls, Myhre was tested in the early exchanges with a stop of an early chance from the Storm’n Sabres.
The Lumberjacks had the game’s first power play in the opening period and made it count just 25 seconds into the advantage. Sammy Nistler jammed a shot toward Sartell/Sauk Rapids goaltender Morgan Dorn that slid into the crease for Ellie Solheim to tap in, giving Bemidji a 1-0 lead.
Mya Lundeen came inches away from doubling the lead not long after with a shot that clanged off the post before a series of rebounds failed to find a way through.
Myhre was called into action later in the first with a pad stop that kept the Lumberjacks ahead by one.
Both teams spent time in the penalty box to open the second period, opening the game up for some back-and-forth play that yielded chances. In the midst of one rush, Megan Berg just missed wide of goal in the low slot off a setup by Bailey Rupp.
Tired defensive plays from the Storm’n Sabres led to four power play chances in the third period alone for Bemidji on a series of infractions against the home team. During a brief spell of 5-on-5 hockey, Rupp had a one-time blast turned aside by Dorn.
The Lumberjacks continued to pile pressure on, seeing a series of chances go begging from a collection of players before Kristen McClellan danced through the defense and was stuffed by Dorn.
The elusive second goal finally arrived for the Jacks midway through the third, with junior defender Lundeen getting her long-awaited first varsity goal–and point–with a wrist shot through traffic that slipped past Dorn following a drop-off by Bella Webb.
Despite a couple of Sartell/Sauk Rapids rushes that threatened later in the third, Bemidji rounded off the result with a clearance from McLean that slowly slid straight into the empty net.
Bemidji stays perfect at 4-0 heading into another road Section 8AA game at Roseau on Tuesday evening at 7pm.