A high-scoring third period lifted the Bemidji High School boys hockey team to an 8-3 away win over Warroad Thursday night.
A total of six Lumberjacks scored, with Brady Tatro and Josh Lusby each picking up a pair of goals, to go along with goals from Erik Fitzgerald, Cole Hartje, Alex Pollock and Rocky Copiskey.
“It just means we have depth,” Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo said. “We do have plenty of guys that have the ability to score on any shift. That’s a great quality and a great thing to have for our club.”
The final score is deceiving of just how close the first two-thirds of the game played out.
After Warroad took a 1-0 lead in the second period, Bemidji fired off three goals from Fitzgerald, Hartje and Tatro, respectively, to put the Lumberjacks on top 3-1. The Warriors cut the deficit to one as the score stood at 3-2 at the second intermission.
Warroad benefitted from the momentum from that late second period goal as the Warriors were able to tie it at 3 early in the final frame.
However, the tide began to turn back in favor of Bemidji as Pollock scored the eventual game-winning goal shortly thereafter. Pollock’s goal gave the Lumberjacks new life as Lusby and and Tatro each proceeded to score in succession to put the game out of reach for Warroad. Copiskey scored to make it 7-3 in favor of Bemidji, followed by another Lusby strike to seal the game with its final score of 8-3.
“We came out of the gates a little slow,” Chiodo said. “And as the game went on, I think we got better and better but ultimately, we have to start the game off the way we played in the third period, or even a little bit in the second period, and once our team decided to do that, we took full advantage of it and made plays.”
Bemidji continues its four-game road trip Saturday with a contest at Section 8AA foe Rogers. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.