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Eric Peterson, Published January 14 2014

Spuds skate past Bemidji in overtime

MOORHEAD – Aaron Herdt found what he described as a “quiet” place on the ice and made a loud play from there Tuesday night at the Moorhead Sports Center.

The Moorhead senior ripped the game winner into a top corner of the net to lift the Spuds to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Bemidji Lumberjacks in Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey.

“Aaron has had a heck of a season,” said Spuds head coach Jon Ammerman. “He’s something with timely goals. He’s got quite a shot and a quick release.”

The Spuds (8-7) have won three consecutive games, including back-to-back overtime victories. Herdt netted the game winner in both overtimes wins.

“The biggest thing is we are starting to believe,” Ammerman said. “We’re finding ways to win at the end of games.”

Bemidji (7-8) built a 2-0 lead in the second period after senior forward Brett Isensee scored a power-play goal off a rebound at the

6-minute, 36-second mark.

However, the Spuds scored the game’s final three goals.

“We didn’t feel like we sat back,” said Bemidji assistant coach Eric Monsrud. “Moorhead made a couple nice plays and had a couple nice goals there. You have to give them credit. They’re a good club.”

Alex Mehnert helped set up the winning goal with a quick diagonal pass to Herdt near the bottom on the right circle. Herdt quickly gathered the puck and zipped it into the top of the net.

“I just kind of found a quiet area and Alex made a great pass and made it easy for me,” Herdt said. “I had open spot on the right and put it in.”

That goal came at 5:49 of the overtime. Ammerman didn’t even see the score. He was talking to another player on the bench.

“I heard a ping and it went in, and I guess the rest is history,” Ammerman said.

Senior forward Grant Weiss started the Spuds comeback with a goal at 9:32 of the second period. That score cut the Bemidji lead to 2-1. Less than four minutes later, Moorhead scored again after junior forward Addison Hardy lifted a backhand shot past Bemidji goalie Garret Atteberry.

“We’re starting to string together some wins and that’s so big for us,” Herdt said. “Coming into the new year, we’re undefeated now, so new year, new team maybe.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, BHS, C. Hartje (Fitzgerald, Nuebeck) 9:56 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 2, BHS, Isensee (Leitner) 6:36 (pp). 3, MHS, Weiss (Odegard) 9:32. 4, MHS, Hardy (Mehnert) 12:59.

THIRD PERIOD: No scoring.

OVERTIME: 5, MHS, Herdt (Mehnert, Borgen) 5:49.

SAVES: BHS, Atteberry 4-9-12-2–27. MHS, Dittmer 9-9-4-2–24.


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