KBUN SportsBlog 10/30/17

Section 8AAA Quarterfinal…
#5 Alexandria 3, #4 Bemidji 2
Epic is not usually a word used in a Section quarterfinal, but there aren’t many better to describe the dramatic back and forth battle between the Jacks and Cards at the BHS Fieldhouse Friday. The Lumberjacks took control winning the 1st two games 25-21 and 25-11 and seemingly having all the momentum. But the Cardinals came out flying in Game 3 and won the next two 25-22 and 26-24. The Jacks had match point at 24-22 and 24-23 but the Cards would not fold. Then came the decisive 5th game. The Cardinals took a strong 11-6 lead, but the Jacks put up 6 straight to take a 12-11 lead, before the Cards tied it up. Then Bemidji scored 2 and were up 14 12, and were at match point. But Alex then scored 4 straight and it was over. Taylor Wade had a team high 15 kills while Makenna Quinn added 12. Addie Colligan’s final game with the Jacks was one of her best…a triple double with 10 kills, 39 assists, and 13 digs. Jenna Lewis at 16 digs and the Jacks had 10 aces,.

The Jacks finish the year at 14-14 and graduate 7 seniors…Addie Colligan, Lexi Wade, Brooke Hildenbrand, Jenna Lewis, Makenna Quinn, Paige Sundvall and Anna Falldorf.

Section 8-5A Quarterfinal…
Brainerd 28, Bemidji 21
Once again the Warriors and Jacks went toe to toe and score to score in Brainerd, but it wasn’t quite as high scoring as the 1st time around. Both teams scored 3 first half TDs and the Warriors got the only TD of the 2nd half. The Warriors would threaten a few more times but the Jacks defense held each time, however, Bemidji couldn’t get the equalizer. Beberg to Bieberdorf struck twice…from 27 yards and 9 yards and Jake Bieberdorf scored on a 3 yard run. The Jacks appeared to tie it up late on Calvin Faust’s TD run late, but a penalty brought it back and the Jacks were unable to convert.

The Lumberjacks finished the season 4-6, while Brainerd will host the Section Championship Friday against Alexandria, who downed Moorhead 27-20.

Section 6-9man…
#1 Nevis 6, #4 Waubun 0
(Tigers are 8-1 headed into the championship Thursday at Fargodome)

Section 8-9man…
#1 Stephen-Argyle 29, #4 Clearbrook-Gonvick 20
#3 Kittson Central 30, #2 Kelliher/Northome 6 (Mustangs finish the year 7-3)

Section 6A…
#2 Ada-Borup/NCW 42, #3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 21

Section 7A…
#2 Hinckley-Finlayson 16, #3 Deer River 0

Section 8A…
#1 Mahnomen 30, #4 Fosston 0

Section 6A North…
#2 Pelican Rapids 3, #7 Menahga 0

Section 7A…
#4-SS2 Cherry 3, #1-SS2 Deer River 2

Section 8A East…
#1 Fosston 3, #9 Mahnomen 0
#4 RLCC 3, #5 Cass Lake-Bena 2
#3 Win-E-Mac 3, #6 Northome/Kelliher 0

Semifinals tonight at BSU…
#1 Fosston vs. #4 RLCC at 6:00; #2 LOW vs. #3 Win-E-Mac at 7:30

Section 8AA…
#1N Roseau 3, #8N Bagley 0
#1S Park Rapids 3, #4S Fergus Falls 0
(The Panthers are 23-2 and will be back at it Tuesday)

FRI…Bemidji State 2, Ferris State 2 (OT)
The Beavers earned an extra point in the standings for winning the shootout, when Jay Dickman scored in the 1st round after a Michael Bitzer save on the 1st Ferris attempt. Kyle Bauman got both Beaver goals and Jay Dickman had 2 assists. The Beavers had a 2-1 lead, but Ferris tied it up midway through the 3rd on a power play goal. Shots were 35-17 in favor of the Beavers.

SAT…Bemidji State 3, Ferris State 0
Michael Bitzer went 19 for 19 in goal and the Beavers outshot the Bulldogs 38-19. The game was scoreless until a minute and a half left in the 2nd period and then got their 2nd goal a minute and a half into the 3rd. Dan Billet got the 1st goal and Myles Fitzgerald had 2 goals, while Gerry Fitzgerald had 2 assists.

The Beavers are now 3-1-2 on the year and are 1-0-1-1 for 5 points in conference play. They’ll hit the road for Alaska-Fairbanks Friday and Saturday at 10:07pm both nights.

FRI…UMD 3, Bemidji State 2
The Beavers found themselves down 3-0 early in the 2nd and scored 2 in the 2nd to get it within a goal, but that was as close as they would get. Emily Berglund and Haley Mack scored the Beaver goals. The Beavers were outshot 45-22.

SAT…Bemidji State 2, UMD 1
Three even strength 1st period goals accounted for all the scoring. The Beavers got the 1st two from Abby Halluska and Tina Kampa, and UMD got their only goal of the day with 7 seconds left in the 1st. The Beavers outshot UMD 30 to 18 and Erin Deters made 17 saves.

Bemidji State is now 2-7-1 on the year and 1-5 in the WCHA for 3 points. The Beavers will have the weekend off and then will have the US Hockey Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cambridge on Monday, November 6th, once again playing UMD.

SAT…Bemidji State 2, UMD 2 (2 OT)
The Beavers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to remain unbeaten and atop the NSIC standings. The Bulldogs scored 2 goals in the 1st 10 minutes, an unheard of accomplishment, as Bemidji State hadn’t given up more than 1 goal in a game all year, and most games none. After spotting the Bulldogs that crooked number, The Beavers responded by scoring two within a minute to get it even and that’s the way it stayed. Miranda Famestad and Allyson Smith got the goals. Shots were 27-16 in favor of Bemidji State, 13-11 on goal. Catherine Arneson had a season high 9 saves to earn the tie.

SUN…Bemidji State 4, St. Cloud State 1
Allyson Smith scored the 1st goal for the Beavers, while Alanna Mattson, Raquel Thelen and Rachael Norton all had a goal and an assist. Shots were 7-6 in favor of the Beavers and Catherine Arneson was 5 of 6 in goal.

The Beavers finish the year 14-0-3, 12-0-3 in the NSIC. Despite an unbeaten record, the Beavers end up the 2nd seed, a point behind Minnesota-Mankato. They’ll open the NSIC playoffs Wednesday hosting #7 St. Cloud State. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals and championship Friday and Sunday.

FRI…U-Mary 3, Bemidji State 0
The Beavers lost 25-20, 25-19, 25-15. Sami Leach and Shelby Haney had 13 assists each. Emma Hallmann had 14 digs.

SAT…Minot State 3, Bemidji State 0
The Beavers lost 25-21, 25-21, and 25-13. Shelby Haney had 18 assists and Emma Hallmann had 14 digs. Former Lumberjack Emily Falldorf had 13 kills for Minot.

The Beavers are 3-21 on the year, 0-15 in conference play. They’ll host UMC Halloween night at 6pm.

Duluth East 96, Bemidji 89
Nicki Son won the 200 Free, while Paige Andersen won the 50 Free and 100 Backstroke. Alli Howard won the diving competition and Abby Yartz won the 100 Free. Claudia Vincent took the 500 Free.

The regular season has wrapped and up next is the Section 8A meet in Grand Rapids November 10th and 11th. Prelims will begin at 5pm that Friday.


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