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Bayside chatter: Jan. 31

Steve Gow

for the Lake County News-Chronicle

Girls’ hockey

The Mariner girls split a pair of games on the ice last weekend while on a road trip to Long Prairie and Litchfield. They opened with a 7-0 win over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils and the next afternoon fell 6-1 to the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons.

Anna Carman led the Mariners with four goals at Long Prairie followed by Everly Bauck with two goals. Kristiina Thums had the other goal and added an assist. Thums, Bauck and Carman scored three of the goals in 48 seconds in the third period to blow open the contest. Sara Carman picked up her third win and third shutout of the season with 20 saves as the Mariners outshot the Blue Devils 30-20.

At Litchfield, the Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Carman cut it to 2-1 at 11:01 in the second. Before the period ended, it was 4-1 and the Dragons added two more in the third. Sarah Kivisto had a goal and two assists to go with two goals from Kennedy Sommerfeld to lead the Dragons. Carman had 27 stops as the Dragons outshot the Mariners 33-22. Carman has already set a Mariner season save record with 681.

The Mainers host the WSFLG Blizzard tomorrow in a regular season game. The Blizzard are a Wisconsin cooperative of Webster, Siren, Frederic, Luck and Grantsburg.

The section 7A playoffs start on Thursday, Feb. 6 and the only sure thing right now is that Eveleth-Gilbert will be seeded 5th and Silver Bay 6th.The seeding of the top four is anyone’s guess right now. I have the top four as Hibbing/Chisholm, Proctor-Hermantown, International Falls and Moose Lake. The computer rankings have the top four as PH,HC, IF and ML via the KRACH rankings and PH,ML,HC and IF via the QRF. The Mariners will be traveling to the home rink of the number three seed on Thursday.

The girls played 10 games this season versus teams in the top 30 of the computer rankings of class A and 14 versus those in the top 40.The Mariners were 51st out of 55 teams and had the 90th toughest schedule out of 120 teams. Their schedule was tougher than three teams in 7A.

Thief River Falls lost 2-1 to Sartell/Sauk Rapids to leave the girls with no unbeaten teams remaining. The Luverne boys are the last man standing.

Boys’ hockey

The Storm defeated Bagley last Friday 11-0 at Silver Bay. The game was never in doubt as the Storm put 29 shots on goal in the first period and scored five times. Tyler Schramm had a hat trick in both goals and assists and Luke Small had a goal and three assists. Justin Ketola’s first varsity goal proved to be a game winner. Jonah Koehler, Corey Johnson, Mills Johnson, Ryan Rasmussen, Thomas Anderson and Tanner Aho also scored goals for the Storm. Zach Duresky stopped 11 Flyer shots to pick up his eighth win of the season and second shutout as the Storm outshot Bagley 57-11.

The Storm host Greenway on Monday at Two Harbors, are at Baudette tomorrow to play Lake of the Woods and will play at Moose Lake on Thursday. The Storm has three top 40 teams on their schedule in Virginia, Denfeld and Hibbing. The Storm is ranked 63 out 87 teams.

There are four former Mariners still playing hockey. Taylor Skelton is at Castleton College in Vermont where she has a goal and an assist in19 games. Taylor Guzzo has two goals and nine points at St.Scholastica in 18 games, and Rebecca Dilley has three goals and seven points at Rainy River Community College in International Falls in 14 games. Shane Billings has seven goals and 10 points for the Wisconsin Wilderness of the SIJHL. He started the season with the Minnesota Iron Rangers and was traded.