Five different seniors fittingly tallied goals for Bemidji to help the Lumberjacks cruise to a 7-1 victory over Sauk Rapids-Rice in boys hockey on Senior Day at the Bemidji Community Arena on Saturday.
13 senior hockey players along with two senior cheerleaders were recognized in pregame for the Lumberjacks, who dominated from the opening face-off for their fourth win in six games.
The longest-tenured varsity player among the seniors was the one to start the scoring for Bemidji, as defenseman Tate Hammitt followed up an earlier effort of his to put the home team on the board after just 58 seconds of play.
Ethan Maish notched the next two goals in succession for his team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season to stake the Lumberjacks to a 3-0 advantage with just over 12 minutes played.
The third goal prompted a Bemidji goaltending change, as senior Tanner Rebischke was pulled for rest at the end of a three-game week and ahead of another game Monday. Jackson Hill was immediately tested in his opening seconds of play, making an initial save before the Storm’s Easton Portner slammed in the rebound from close range.
Bemidji went back up by three by first intermission when Michael Dickinson followed up a high shot from Nick Yavarow that caromed off the boards behind the net. The senior forward finished off a simple one-timer to extend the lead to 4-1.
Cole Matetich kept the scoring coming on a one-timer midway through the second period for the Lumberjacks’ fifth goal of the afternoon.
After scoring just once previously the entire season from his spot on the blue line, Hammitt scored his second of the day on a wicked wrister and bumped the lead to 6-1 at the end of two periods.
Josh Nyberg completed an all-seniors scoring summary among the goals with a close-range finish in the third period.
Matetich added two assists to his goal, while Nathan Alto also provided two helpers. Bemidji finished with a commanding 46-15 advantage in shots, as Rebischke tallied five saves and Hill posted nine.
The Lumberjacks are now 6-10 and will host Alexandria on Monday night at 7:15 in a game that can be heard on KBUN-FM 104.5 and kbunsportsradio.com beginning at 7pm.