Bayside chatter: Feb. 7
for the Lake County News-Chronicle
Girls’ hockey highlights
Last week the Mariner girls played their last two regular season games. They lost 8-4 at Superior to the Spartans and 5-1 at home to the WSFLG Blizzard. Yesterday they traveled to International Falls to play the No. 3 seeded Broncos in a section 7A quarterfinal contest. The winner of that game plays Hibbing on Tuesday at Cloquet.
After the first period against the Blizzard proved scoreless, the Mariners lit the red light first when Brooke McMillen scored with an assist from Anna Carman. Before the period ended, however, Ashley Dietmeier scored twice and Wendy Roberts scored once to make it 3-1 at the conclusion of period two. Two third-period goals from Jenna Curtis made it a final score of 5-1. Both Sara Carman of the Mariners and Hope Tucker of the Blizzard had 26 saves.
At Superior, freshman Samantha Young had four goals to go with a hat trick from fellow freshman Emma Peterson. Young and Peterson had the Spartans up 2-0 before Carman got the Mariners on the board with assists from Kristiina Thums and Cora Carter. Young made it 3-1 before the period ended. Thums cut it to 3-2 in the second, only to see Peterson get another to make it 4-2 after two. The Mariners came back in the third to cut the deficit when Samantha Anderson scored a power play goal from the point 56 seconds into the period. Three minutes later, Carman took a perfect feed from McMillen and tied it at four. That would be it for the Mariners as the Spartans scored the next four goals and won 8-4. Carman stopped 20 shots for the Mariners as they were outshot 29-28.
The Storm is unbeaten in its last five games. After wins over Eveleth-Gilbert and Bagley, the team beat Ely 9-1, tied Lake of the Woods at two and defeated Greenway 5-1. The Storm blew open the game at Ely with six third-period goals. Ryan Rasmussen had a hat trick to go with two goals each from Quaid Cavallin and Luke Small. Bradley Rowlee and Vili Vuori had the other Storm goals. Zach Duresky had 21 saves as the Storm outshot the Timberwolves 43-22.
At Baudette, the Storm got a first-period goal from Jonah Koehler and a third-period goal from Small to lead 2-0 forty seconds into the final period. Goals from Blake Olson at 7:58 and Kalvin Krause at 10:25 tied it at two and put it into overtime. Each team had two shots in the extra session but couldn’t score. Duresky stopped 20 shots for the Storm and Cody Nelson stopped 32 for the Bears.
The Storm hustled form start to finish against Greenway in one of its better efforts this season and they prevailed by a score of 5-1. Forwards went to the net all game and used their points. Tyler Schramm had a goal in each period to secure a hat trick. Mills Johnson got the game winner in period two and Rowlee had the other goal. Duresky stopped 29 Raider shots as the Storm outshot the Raiders 37-30.The Storm went 3 for 8 with an extra attacker.
The Storm is at Pine City tomorrow afternoon and host International Falls at Two Harbors on Monday. The team will host Proctor at Silver Bay on Tuesday. A win on Monday will likely wrap up a No.7 seed for the Storm; a loss will likely put them at No.8. A home play-off game will be at Two Harbors.
The Minnesota girls’ high school hockey playoffs begin with no unbeaten or winless teams left. Luverne remains unbeaten for the boys and Ely is winless.
Earlier this season, Brooke McMillen scored goal number 1,000 for the Mariners against Spring Lake Park.
The Mariners gave up 15 goals this season in the last minute of a period and 10 in the first minute, while scoring twice in the first minute and three times in the last minute.