With less than two minutes left in the third period and the score tied 4-4 between Bemidji and Crookston Tuesday, the second leading scorer in the state, Brianna Breiland was hauled down going to the net on a breakaway. No penalty shot was called and instead Bemidji killed off the Pirate power play and went on to score three minutes into overtime for a 5-4 win.
Mackenzie Hietala scored at the 3:07 mark of overtime to lift the Lumberjacks to their first victory of the season. They are now 1-5-4 on the season.
"We had chances to win it," Pirate head coach Jeff Perreault said after the game. "Because of all the power plays and man shorts we were gassed at the end. In the third period and overtime they had more energy and more scoring opportunities."
The teams combined for 14 penalties, including eight by Crookston.
Breiland scored her 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the Pirates, while sophomore Sabrina Delorme and junior Lizzy Awender had Crookston's other two goals.
Pirate eighth grader Lexie Cormican had 30 saves in goal for Crookston, including 15 in the third period. Morgan Miller stopped 26 shots in net for Bemidji.
"We got outshot but Lexie gave us a chance to win it in the end," coach Perreault said of his goalie. "She had a big 2-on-1 stop in the third period."
Crookston outshot Bemidji 9-5 in the first period but found itself down 1-0 on goal by Karleigh Wolkerstorfer at 4:59 of the first.
Wolkerstorfer made it 2-0 at 8:09 of the second period before the Pirates capitalized on Lumberjack penalties.
First, Crookston notched a pair of goal with a two-man advantage. Breiland got the first with seven minutes left, stuffing in a rebound off a shot by freshman Tori Demarais. Delorme tied the game 42 seconds later when she took a pass from Breiland and found the far side of the net with a quick wrist shot from the right hash mark. Breiland then gave the Pirates the lead with 2:38 left in the second when she picked the top left corner of the net on a wrist shot from the slot off an assist from junior Brooke Schmitz.
Bemidji answered, though, with a key goal 18 seconds into the third period by Rachel Holm to tie the game at 3-3. At 6:33 of the third period Erin Booth gave the Lumberjacks a 4-3 lead with a power play goal.
Awender recorded the tying goal with 2:26 left in the third period to knot the score at 4-4.
Hietala when lifted the Lumberjacks, who held the Pirates without a shot in overtime, to victory with a goal at the 3:07 mark of the overtime period.
The Pirates fall to 4-4 on the season and will travel to Fergus Falls Friday.