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Get to know: Bemidji boys hockey

Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 hosts set to show off rich tradition

by Tricia Luna /

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Bemidji High School boys hockey team.

The basics

Nickname: Lumberjacks 
Conference: Mariucci
Class: AA
Overall record: 6-9-0 (as of Jan. 11)
Head coach: Eric Monsrud
Hockey Day schedule: 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Greenway

The town

Located in northwest Minnesota sits Bemidji, the alleged birthplace of American folklore staple Paul Bunyan and host for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019. Bemidji was named from the Ojibwe word "bemijigamaag" which means "lake with crossing waters." This refers to the way the Mississippi River flows across Lake Bemidji.

The team

With eight state tournament trips spread out during the 70s, 80s and most recently 2015 and 2016, the Bemidji Lumberjacks have a rich history. The Lumberjacks were 6-9-0 heading into a Saturday afternoon contest but have three of their past four games, tallying 20 goals during that stretch.

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The matchup

Bemidji is set to face off with Greenway High School at 4:30 pm on Lake Bemidji on Hockey Day Minnesota 2019. With a similar record to the Lumberjacks, the Raiders are currently 6-11-0 overall. Both the Lumberjacks and Raiders have similar goals-against per game, power-play percentage and save percentages. However, Greenway does have the advantage with a higher goals per game at 3.59, while the Lumberjacks average 2.93.

Players to watch

Senior forward Hunter Olsen leads the Lumberjacks with 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 15 games played, with junior forward Wyatt Halvorson right behind with 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Broc Waldhausen has logged 603 minutes between the pipes for the Lumberjacks and has .882 save percentage.


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