Eric Monsrud resigned Tuesday afternoon as head coach of the Bemidji High School boys hockey team.
Monsrud succeeded Wade Chiodo as head coach prior to the 2017-18 season. He had spent six prior seasons as an assistant coach.
The Lumberjacks went 18-32-1 in his two seasons as head coach, including 8-16-1 in the 2018-19 season. Bemidji’s season came to an end last week with a 4-3 loss at Brainerd in the Section 8AA quarterfinals.
The Bemidji High School boys hockey team nearly pulled off a stunner to open the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday night in Brainerd.
The sixth-seeded Lumberjacks -- depleted in energy by a flu bug that has swept through the team -- were minutes from capturing an upset victory over No. 3 Brainerd.
Having led by as many as two goals, Hunter Olson scored to return a 3-2 lead for the visitors at 6:09 of the third period, only for the Warriors to answer with a pair in the final eight minutes. Eric Pohlkamp deflected home the quarterfinal-winning goal with 2:02 remaining for the 4-3 Brainerd win.
Bemidji ends its season with an 8-16-1 record, while Brainerd improves to 17-9 and advances to the section semifinals.
“It was a little bit of a roller-coaster season, but in the end we weren’t on that roller coaster anymore and we were starting to play some good hockey,” Monsrud said. “I’m just glad that when we got to the playoffs here that everyone stepped up and played playoff hockey.”
To the naked eye, there were no playoff implications at stake during Thursday’s game between the Bemidji High School boys hockey team and Thief River Falls.
Don’t tell that to the Lumberjacks.
Although BHS already knows its place in next week’s Section 8AA Tournament, Bemidji came up with a much-needed, 2-1 win over the Prowlers at the Bemidji Community Arena for a little boost heading into the postseason.
The Lumberjacks will head into the Section 8AA Tournament as the No. 6 seed, matching up with third-seeded Brainerd for a 7 p.m. showdown on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Brainerd.
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A lineup of games will take place over three days at an outdoor rink near Lake Bemidji’s south shore, west of the Sanford Center.
The Bemidji High School girls will host Woodbury at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, the Bemidji State men will face Michigan Tech at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and a trio of games will be played Saturday, Jan. 19. A boys high school game between Minnetonka and Andover will start the day at 9:30 a.m., the BSU women will meet Minnesota State at 1 p.m. and the BHS boys will battle Greenway at 4:30 p.m.
Live music and entertainment will take place each night after the games. Admission is free each day after the final outdoor game has ended.
There will be free off-site parking and shuttle service all three days with various drop-off/pick-up points around town. There will also be limited paid parking available at the Sanford Center Thursday and Saturday.
All tickets are available at the Sanford Center or through Ticketmaster.
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