Already with its most wins since 2015-16, BHS is trying to accomplish a .500 season for the first time in eight years. And Kimble is a big piece of the puzzle. The Bemidji High School junior is a seasoned veteran for the girls hockey team, having split time in the crease over the past three years before taking the reigns as the full-time starter this season.
Kimble first arrived on the varsity scene as an eighth-grader and has been busy adding to her resume ever since. She reached 1,000 career saves during the Nov. 8 season opener, and she’s currently a dozen away from 1,500 stops going into Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. puck drop against Roseau at the Bemidji Community Arena.
Becca Josefson tallied multiple points during both of Bemidji’s wins, which came as 10-0 and 3-1 decisions over International Falls and River Lakes, respectively. Against the Broncos, Josefson scored within 39 seconds and assisted on a Lexi Leitner third-period goal, and against the Stars, Josefson again netted the opening goal before assisting Leitner in the third. The senior forward has helped the Jacks win six of their past seven games, outscoring opponents 32-9 over the stretch.
Chase Smith ran off a perfect week during a home triangular and the Rick Lee Duals. The senior won all eight heavyweight matches, helping Bemidji to a 7-1 record overall and a second-place finish at the Rick Lee. Smith won four matches by fall, two by forfeit, one by a 3-2 decision and one as a 4-2 sudden victory. Smith was the only Lumberjack to go 8-0 on the week and has helped BHS to a 19-3 record this season.
Bemidji Pioneer Article:
The Bemidji High School girls hockey team returned to .500 on Friday with its sixth win in seven games, defeating River Lakes 3-1 in Richmond.
Becca Josefson led the charge for the Lumberjacks (9-9) with two points (1g-1a), while Nettie Kimble was 30-for-31 in net to fend off the Stars (10-7-1).
Bemidji will look to hit double-digit wins for the first time since 2015-16 when it hosts Roseau at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Bemidji Community Arena.