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Green Wave surges late to beat Bemidji

Senior High forward Coby Stauss pushes past Bemidji's Ryan Jones during Tuesday's overtime hockey match at the East Grand Forks Civic Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald1 / 4
East Grand Forks Senior High players celebrate Connor Beauchamp's overtime goal against Bemidji Tuesday night at the Civic Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 4
Senior High forward Tanner Mack (#19) leads the pack chasing the puck against Bemidji Tuesday night in East Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 4
Bemidji forward Joe Leitner leads Green Wave players (left to right) Jake Hjelle, Justin Kallock and Josh Nelson in pursuit of the puck Tuesday night at the East Grand Forks Civic Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald4 / 4

East Grand Forks Senior High put three shots on net in the first period.

Green Wave coach Scott Koberinski said there wasn't any jump, excitement or energy.

Senior High, however, saved its best for last.

The Wave scored with 30 seconds left in the third period with a pulled goalie and then finished off Bemidji in overtime to win 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Civic Center.

"The first period was god-awful," Koberinski said. "We switched up the lines and that gave us a jump. In the second and third, we played very well."

East Grand Forks, the No. 5-ranked team in Minnesota Class A, improved to 6-4, while Class AA Bemidji dropped to 4-4.

After falling behind 2-1 in the first 90 seconds of the third period, the Wave evened the score late.

Senior High pulled its goalie with 1:35 left during a faceoff in the Bemidji zone. After a couple of clears, Wave defenseman Casey Kallock held possession deep in the Lumberjack zone.

Kallock tried to center a pass out front and it deflected out to defenseman Luke Vonesh, who blasted a shot from the right point that beat Bemidji goalie Matt Fitzgerald (26 saves).

The Wave took the momentum into overtime and break through at 4:30 of the eight-minute extra session.

From the left point, Connor Beauchamp took advantage of traffic in front to score the game-winning goal on his first varsity goal for the senior defenseman.

"I tried going around one guy, looked up and shot the puck," Beauchamp said. "It went over his pad, and I was very excited."

After Senior High allowed seven shots in the first period, the Wave gave up just six more the rest of the way.

"I thought it was two good teams battling," Bemidji coach Eric Monsrud said. "East Grand Forks is a strong team and showed us where we need to work on. We have to get more pucks to the net. They created some momentum, had some chances and built on that. That's why the outcome was what it was."

Bemidji's Zak Justice started the scoring at 10:23 of the first period, while EGF's Tanner Mack evened the score with the second period's only goal.

Josh Baker then gave the Lumberjacks a 2-1 lead at 1:16 of the third period.

"Sometimes you only play two good periods like that against a good team and lose, but we were able to pull one out like that," Koberinski said.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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