BEMIDJI — Josh Lusby scored a pair of goals to lead the Bemidji High School boys hockey team to a 6-0 win over Alexandria at the Bemidji Community Arena Saturday afternoon.
“It was a solid win for us,” Bemidji coach Wade Chiodo said. “It was good to get some kids some time at the end of the game there. It was a good win.”
Scoring came from all around as a total of 11 Lumberjacks got their names on the scoresheet.
“We did a good job,” Chiodo said. “I thought at times we over handled the puck but ultimately we made plays and we found a way to score.”
“I think everyone just did their jobs and didn’t worry about who scored,” Lusby said. “Everyone bought into the system. We had good luck with it and pucks were finding the back of the net.”
Carson Olson got the nod in goal and made 14 saves for the shutout.
“He did a good job,” Chiodo said. “He made some key saves for us at key moments and he was solid.”
The Lumberjacks took advantage of an early power play opportunity when the Cardinals’ Micah Christenson was sent to the box for interference about three minutes into the game.
Josh Lusby appeared to be nearly parallel to the goal line when he scored on the power play moments later to give Bemidji a 1-0 lead.
The Lumberjacks (14-2-2) put up twice as many shots at Alexandria (7-10-1) in the first period, but Cardinals goaltender Jackson Boline kept his team in it by saving eight of nine shots.
Early in the second, Matthew Gregg stood waiting at the mouth of goal to bag a goal after feeds from Alex Pollock and Brady Tatro as Bemidji went up 2-0.
Only a minute later, Lusby went top shelf to score his second goal of the game.
Alexandria pulled Boline after the third goal in favor of Jack Nettleton as they tried to stem the tide.
Cole Hartje received a five-minute major for boarding midway through the frame, but the Lumberjacks killed off the extended penalty to preserve their 3-0 lead.
Bemidji netminder Carson Olson collided with defenders, resulting in coincidental minor penalties for Tatro and the Cardinals’ Ben Doherty.
In the closing minutes of the period, Jack Johnson deftly handled the puck around Nettleton in net for the fourth Bemidji goal of the afternoon.
The third period went much the same as the second, with Hunter Olson scoring to make it 5-0 early in the frame.
The Lumberjacks went on the power play later in the period when Nick Leitner’s wrister found the top of the net for the final strike of the afternoon.
Bemidji will next host Class AA No. 9 Hill-Murray Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“Hill-Murray will be a good test,” Lusby said. “They’re a tough team. They have been for many years and I think we’re ready for the challenge. We’re ready to step up and have everybody going and we should have good luck with it.”
Bemidji 6, Alexandria 0
BHS 1 3 2 — 6
AHS 0 0 0 — 0
First period — 1. BHS, Lusby (Cole Hartje) 2:30.
Second period — 2. BHS, Gregg (Pollock, Tatro) 1:14, 3. BHS, Lusby (H. Olson) 2:41, 4. BHS, Johnson (Copiskey, Chase Hartje) 15:08.
Third period — 5. BHS, H. Olson (E. Fitzgerald, Leitner) 2:47, 6. BHS, Leitner (E. Fitzgerald, Gregg) 5:57.
Goalies — BHS: Carson Olson: 14, Alexandria: Jackson Boline: 16, Jack Nettleton: 6
BHS’S Josh Lusby (13) AND Alexandria’s Derek Berning (26) battle each other for the puck during a game Saturday in Bemidji. Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer