KBUN SportsWeekend 2/27/17

Team USA had the hammer in the final end, but host Korea got the point and Korea wins the Gold Medal in the World Junior Curling Championships 5-4 over Bemidji’s Graem Fenson and Team USA. Korea grabbed a 1-0 lead after the 4th and the US bounced back with 2 in the 5th to grab a 2-1 lead. The Koreans added 2 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th. That made it 4-2, but the Americans scored 2 in the 9th to even it up going into that final end.

This marks the 2nd straight year at least one Bemidjian comes home from the World Curling Championships with a silver medal. Last year it was his brother Alex Fenson and Mark Fenner. Alex and Mark now play with Pete Fenson in men’s competition.

Bemidji 56, Cloquet 54
The Jacks had a 9 point lead early in the 2nd half but Cloquet got it to within 1 point. However, The Jacks hung on for the victory. Linaes Whiting had 16 points to lead the way and Caden Rolfes had 15 points.

The Lumberjacks are now 16-7 on the year with two games left. Tuesday they host Brainerd at 7:30 and Thursday host Detroit Lakes, also at 7:30.

Friday…Bemidji State 2, MN-Mankato 1
The Beavers scored the game’s first goal in the 1st. Jordan Heller from TJ Roo. The Mavericks tied it up with a 2nd period power play, but the Beavers got the game winner with a power play of their own in the 3rd. Gerry Fitzgerald got the goal with assists to Phillip Marinaccio and Zach Whitecloud. Bemidji was outshot 27-25, but Michael Bitzer was 26 of 27 in net.

Saturday…MN-Mankato 2, Bemidji State 1
Gerry Fitzgerald opened the scoring in the 1st period with a power play goal. Assists went to Phillip Marinaccio and Zach Whitecloud. That was the same combo that got the game winning goal the previous night. But Mankato scored a pair of goals in the 2nd, and that was all the scoring on the night. The Beavers outshot Mankato 28-19. Jesse Wilkins was in goal for the Beavers and made 17 saves.

Bemidji State wraps up the regular season with a record of 20-13-3 and was 20-6-2-2 in the WCHA. As the #1 seed they will host #8 Northern Michigan in a best of 3 series to open the WCHA playoffs Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). Gametimes are 7:07 Friday and Saturday, and 5:07 Sunday.

WCHA Opening Round…
#4 Minnesota (2nd Seed) 3, Bemidji State 1
After falling behind 3-0, the Beavers got a 3rd period goal from Haley Mack. That was all they could get, however. The Beavers were outshot 35-8. Britni Mowat was 32 of 35 in goal.

Bemidji State 2, Minnesota 1
The Beavers opened the scoring at 6:15 of the 1st on a Summer Thibodeau goal. The Gophers evened it up on a shorthanded goal with :28 left in the 2nd period. That momentum did not carry over to the 3rd however, as the Beavers got the game winning goal with 8:51 left in the 3rd from Ciscely Nelson (who also had an assist on the first goal). The Beavers were outshot 34-23 by the Gophers, but Britni Mowat was 33 of 34 in goal.

Minnesota 3, Bemidji State 2
The Beavers scored 2 goals in the 1st period to go up 2-0, but Lauren Miller got an unassisted goal with 10 seconds left in the period to make it 2-1. The Gophers got their 3rd goal in the 2nd, before the Beavers got another uanassisted goal, this time by Abby Halluska, at 4:50 of the 3rd, but they couldn’t get the equalizer. Bemidji State was outshot 36-20. Britni Mowat went 33 of 36 in goal.

The Beavers finished the season with a record of 12-20-3. The Gophers move on to the next round of the playoffs, the WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena. Semifinals are Saturday and championship is Sunday.

The Lumberjacks will send 4 members of their team to the State Tournament next weekend after the Section 8AA Individual Tournament in Fergus Falls. At 285, Xavier Whalan won the Section Championship claiming victories in the quarterfinals and semis, before a 7-2 championship victory. Meanwhile, sophomore Bryce Golden made it to state at 106 with a 2nd place finish. He won his 1st two matches before falling 11-8 in the final. Junior Jon Solum was runnerup at 126. He had to win a true second match, and did by an 8-3 score. And sophomore Chance Hinrichs is also headed to state. He, too, is going as runnerup.

Other top finishers for the Jacks were Hunter Schoenborn (3rd at 182), Nate Golden (5th at 138) and Kaleb Beam (5th at 220).

State individual action begins Friday a the Xcel Energy Center.

The Lumberjacks finished 6th at the Section 5A tourney at the BHS Pool this weekend. One Lumberjack qualified for the state meet. Sophomore Sam Hendricks had the best time in the 500 Free prelims Friday, and took 3rd in the finals to qualify for the state meet. The other top 5 finisher for Bemidji was senior Grant Olson in the 100 Breast.

State prelims are Friday morning at the U of M Aquatic Center.

The Lumberjacks as expected were seeded 6th for the Section 8AAA tournament, but Sauk Rapids-Rice vaulted to 2nd, so Bemidji (13-12) opens the tournament at #3 Thief River Falls (15-11) Tuesday night at 7pm. The Jacks split with The Prowlers this year. They lost the season opener at TRF 49-42 and beat the Prowlers in Bemidji 48-45.

Gametime tomorrow is 7pm. Lumberjacks Live is at 6:45 on The BUN 2.0…KBUN-FM 104.5 and kbunsportsradio.com.

Section 7A Individual Tournament (Cass Lake-Bena)
The Bears are sending 7 to the State Class A Wrestling tournament. They won five individual championships and had two runnerup finishes. The champs were Trevor Janssen at 106 (claiming the title with an 11-2 major decision), Ian Frenzel at 152 (6-1 in the final), Mason Preston at 160 (5-2 championship win), Hunter Wilcowski (Pin), and Chase Johnson at 285 (6-3 in the c-ship).

Two other BCLB wrestlers qualified as runners-up, David Foster at 170 and Johnathan Smid at 195.

Bagley 60, Roseau 46
McGregor 96, Laporte 76
#5 Red Lake (20-4) 85, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (15-9) 59
International Falls 52, Deer River 49
Clearbrook-Gonvick 52, Red Lake County Central 47
Bertha-Hewitt 62, Menahga 46
Northome/Kelliher 66, Littlefork-Big Falls 17

Northland 91, Laporte 69
Ada-Borup 67, Win-E-Mac (20-6) 55

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (21-5) 69, Upsala 44
Ada-Borup 62, Fosston (18-8) 21

#1 Moorhead 5, #4 Brainerd 0
#3 Roseau 6, #2 STMA 5

Championship Wed at 7pm in TRF

#1 East Grand Forks 3, #5 Crookston 1
#3 Warroad 4, #2 Thief River Falls 2

Championship Thu at 7pm in TRF

#4 Grand Rapids 5, #1 Elk River 3
#2 Duluth East 1, #3 Cloquet/Esko/Carlton 0

Championship Thu at 7pm at Amsoil Arena in Duluth


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