WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Two Thief River Falls players commit to play for Bemidji State
From an opposing bench, Jim Scanlan watched Emily Bergland and Sylvia Marolt lead the Thief River Falls girls hockey team to a 23-1 regular season.
Soon, the pair of standout forwards will be on his side.
Bergland and Marolt both have committed to play college hockey at Bemidji State for Scanlan, the former East Grand Forks coach who was just hired by the Beavers earlier this month.
The duo will join Bemidji State in the fall of 2015.
“They’ve been five-year starters for us,” Thief River Falls coach Corey Poole said. “They’ve always gone the extra mile and done the extra things. Their goal has always been to play Division I hockey. They’ve had the drive to get to the top.
“I’m excited for both of them. It’s exciting for our program. It’s going to help develop girls hockey in Thief River Falls.”
As juniors, Bergland and Marolt were two of the top scorers for the Prowlers, who reached the state’s No. 1 ranking before falling in the Section 8A championship game.
Bergland tallied 28 goals and 51 points in 26 games.
“Emily is a strong forward,” Poole said. “She’s very quick and she reads the ice very well.”
Marolt tallied 14 goals and 32 points in 25 games.
“Sylvia, pound for pound, is one of the strongest players I’ve ever coached,” Poole said. “She’s strong in the corners and she also sees the ice very well.
“They’ve got good chemistry together. That will be beneficial for them. Going to BSU and knowing each other, it’s going to be helpful.”
Poole said that Bergland and Marolt were already being recruited to Bemidji State before the arrival of Scanlan. But Scanlan and the players will certainly know each other well when they get together next fall.
“I think they are excited, having played against (Scanlan) and knowing him,” Poole said. “I think he’ll enjoy having the young ladies.”