HIGHLIGHTS: Positive Start Fizzles As Roseau Runs Away From Bemidji

Bemidji and Roseau opened with a close scoreless first period before the Rams scored three times in the second and third respectively to roll to a 6-0 win in boys hockey on Monday evening at the Bemidji Community Arena.

The Lumberjacks had lost 9-3 away at Roseau in the season opener on Jan. 14 while surrendering eight of the goals in the first two periods, but opened the second meeting with a quality first period where it held a 9-7 shots advantage. Tanner Rebischke took care of the net with a collection of relatively comfortable saves, including on Roseau’s only power play of the hockey game.

After a bright opening featuring a power play of their own, the Lumberjacks started turning up the pressure on Roseau again late in the period, creating a chance through Ethan Maish on an odd man rush. Rams goaltender Andrew Tuttle was able to make a poke check with his stick to keep Bemidji’s top scorer from beating him on a backhand, leaving the game scoreless at the first intermission.

Roseau was resurgent early in the second period, creating chances quickly before slamming in the game’s opening goal on a rebound from Judd Ginther in the slot at the 1:43 mark.

Ginther found himself in the right place at the right time once again less than four minutes later for a tip-in past Rebischke that originated from Thor Byfuglien’s shot at the point.

The Rams’ lead grew to 3-0 at 10:06 of the second with another unlikely source coming up with a tally. Defenseman Isaac Wensloff ripped a shot through traffic that found its way through to round off a strong period from the visitors.

Despite the tallies surrendered, Rebischke continued to come up with strong saves, including shutting down a shorthanded break from Roseau later in the period.

Three more goals followed in the third from Roseau, beginning with a one-timer from Noah Urness that rang in off the post at 2:36. Paul Huglen capped the scoring with two goals, including a shorthanded breakaway that slipped under Rebischke’s pads.

Roseau outshot Bemidji 40-28, with Rebischke making 32 stops on 38 shots faced before Jackson Hill stopped the last two shots from the Rams.

Bemidji is now 3-9 and will host Willmar this Friday at 7:15pm at the Bemidji Community Arena. Pregame will be at 7 on KBUN+ (FM 100.1/AM1450) and KBUN2 at kbunsportsradio.com.