The Grand Rapids Thunderhawk boys hockey team rebounded with a convincing 4-0 victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks on Tuesday evening at the John Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji.
The Thunderhawks erupted for three goals in the third period and received strong goaltending from senior Trevor Tabaka. Tabaka recorded the first shutout of the season with a 27 save effort for Grand Rapids.
It was a scoreless first period with Grand Rapids controlling the play and that carried into the second period when the Thunderhawks broke through on the power play. Sam Sparen tallied the first goal of the game with Sam Rendle assisting on the power play goal. The goal came in the period's opening minute giving the Thunderhawks the 1-0 lead.
The Thunderhawks made it 2-0 shortly after the power play goal with a goal by J.R. Mackey. Shane Greniger had the lone assist on the goal and the Thunderhawks had a two goal lead.
Special teams continued to play a big part in the game for Grand Rapids as it tallied a short handed goal midway through the period. Nate Dumm scored the short handed goal with Corey Kosak gaining the lone assist giving Grand Rapids a commanding 3-0 lead.
Dumm scored his second goal of the game in the third period sealing the win for Grand Rapids. Matt Jerulle and Billy Shaw assisted on the goal giving the Thunderhawks the 4-0 lead in the third period.
Tabaka did the rest as he finished the third period with 10 saves to record the shut out win.
Bemidji goalie Cody Isensee was busy throughout the evening finishing the night with 39 saves on 43 shots in defeat for the Lumberjacks.
The victory improves the Thunderhawks to 9-7-1 overall on the season. Grand Rapids renews its annual rivalry with the Greenway Raiders on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.
In the earlier matchup, the Thunderhawks skated away with a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Raiders at the Hodgins-Berardo Arena.
After the matchup with the Raiders, the Thunderhawks prepare for a key Section 7AA battle on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at the IRA Civic Center against the Anoka Tornadoes.