BEMIDJI — The goals kept coming and coming for the Bemidji High School boys hockey team Friday night as the Lumberjacks beat Warroad 11-0 at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Tyler McNamara’s hat trick was the highlight of a night where every Lumberjack seemed to get an open look at the net.
Bemidji (19-2-2) had beaten the Warriors (9-15-0) in Warroad on Dec. 10 by a score of 8-3, but that was nothing compared to the avalanche of goals scored Friday.
“Our first two periods we were flying and making plays and doing what we’re expected to do,” Bemidji head coach Wade Chiodo said. “I’m just really proud of the kids because these kind of games, we showed a lot of character and kept moving the puck. That’s huge I think. These kind of games you can kind of get selfish at times and we didn’t and I was proud of the kids for that.”
The Lumberjacks have just two regular season games left before the section tournament begins later this month.
“Obviously you want to be playing your best hockey at the end of the year and I thought we were moving tonight,” Chiodo said.
The floodgates opened for the Lumberjacks less than three minutes into the first period.
McNamara scored the first goal of the night after Warroad goaltender Parker Orchard appeared to cover up the puck and a whistle may have been blown. After discussion by the officials, the goal was allowed.
Brady Tatro then slide a puck past Orchard at the 5:05 mark for the 2-0 lead.
Bemidji kept its foot to the floor after going on the power play with six minutes left in the opening frame. Erik Fitzgerald’s shot from the slot trickled through Orchard’s five-hole for the power play goal.
McNamara bagged his second goal of the night a minute later as the lead became 4-0.
Alex Pollock scored two straight goals in the last three minutes of the period. The junior tapped one in off a pass from Tatro and the duo connected again with 24 seconds remaining in the period as the Jacks took a commanding 6-0 lead to the first intermission.
Bemidji did not let up in the second period.
McNamara hooked the puck around the post barely 30 seconds into the frame to clinch the hat trick.
Matthew Gregg then found the back of the net to advance the lead to 8-0.
Later, Cole Hartje slapped a Jack Johnson pass into the net for a 9-0 lead.
With the sizable lead, Chiodo was able to give some of his fourth-liners more playing time.
Ryan Pogue got on the scoresheet when he scored at the 9:40 mark of the second to give the Lumberjacks a double-digit lead.
Matt Hanchon scored his first goal of the season when he wristed a shot into the Warroad cage to make it 11-0.
“The kids were excited for him and I was excited for him,” Chiodo said of the senior’s goal.
Carson Olson made 14 saves in the shutout for the Lumberjacks.
Bemidji will be back in action this afternoon against Sartell-St. Stephen at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Bemidji 11, Warroad 0
BHS 6 5 0 — 11
WHS 0 0 0 — 0
First period — 1. BHS, McNamara (Olson, Chase Hartje) 2:34, 2. BHS, Tatro (Pollock) 5:05, 3. BHS, E. Fitzgerald (power play) (Leitner, Pollock) 12:21, 4. BHS, McNamara (Lusby) 13:40, 5. BHS, Pollock (Tatro, Chase Hartje) 14:15, 6. BHS, Pollock (Tatro) 16:36
Second period — 7. BHS, McNamara (unassisted) 0:33, 8. BHS, Gregg (Pollock) 1:21, 9. BHS, Cole Hartje (Johnson) 5:59, 10. BHS, Pogue (Lusby, Hanchon) 9:40, 11. BHS, Hanchon (Copiskey, Johnson) 14:17
Third period — no scoring
Goalies — BHS: C. Olson: 14, WHS: Orchard: 8, Harren: 9, Jacques: 12