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Senior Bradley Rowlee takes a hit during a North Shore Storm match against Proctor on Tuesday. The Storm won the home game 5-4 in overtime. Rowlee had one assist and one goal. Photo by Michelle Ketola.1 / 2
Senior Mills Johnson goes for a goal during North Shore Storm’s Monday game against International Falls. The Storm won the match at Two Harbors 8-2 and Johnson had one goal and one assist. Photo by Jill Innis.2 / 2

Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle

The Storm will play its final regular season game of the season tonight at the Hertitage Center versus Duluth Denfeld. The team enters on a nine game unbeaten streak. They shut out a pair of opponents on the road with a 6-0 win at Moose Lake and a 9-0 win at Pine City. Then they defeated International Falls 8-2 at Two Harbors, and Proctor 5-4 in overtime at Silver Bay.

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Lucas Kempffer set a Storm record with two goals in 10 seconds versus the Rebels in between two goals from Jonah Koehler. Luke Small and Mills Johnson finished off the Storm scoring. Zach Duresky had 14 saves and Will Peterson added another as the Storm out-shot the Rebels 62-15.

At Pine City, the Storm was led by Mike Nordean who had two goals and two assists. Also scoring two goals were Quaid Cavallin, Tyler Schramm and Mills Johnson. Justin Ketola had the game winner and Duresky had 20 stops as the Storm out-shot the Dragons 49-20.

The Storm played the best game in its short existence in a victory over the Broncos. Its best effort had them going hard from start to finish as they played three great periods of hockey.

After giving up the first goal of the game to Jordan Tilander via a power play goal, the Storm replied by scoring seven unanswered goals to take command and roll to victory. Nineteen seconds after the Broncos scored, Cavallin tied it up for the Storm. In period two, Small gave the Storm the lead at 2:52 and Koehler and Ryan Rasmussen made it 4-1 by the end of the period. The third period saw scores coming from Mills Johnson, Koehler, Thomas Anderson and Schramm. Duresky picked up his 13th win of the season with 12 saves as the Storm out-shot the Broncos 31-14.

The Storm came back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead late in period three over the Rails, only to see Brodie Nordquist tie it up and force overtime with a goal with 1:31 left in regulation play. Koehler put home a Cavallin rebound to end it 4:19 into the overtime period. Corey Johnson staked the Storm to a 1-0 lead before Jake Malec tied it up with a shorthanded goal. The Storm came out in the second period and took charge momentum-wise. A major and minor penalty, however, resulted in power play goals for Dylan Pionk and Cade Hella and a 3-1 Rail lead. The Storm came slowly back and entered the final period with a five- on-three advantage for 25 seconds. Unable to capitalize on this opportunity, the Storm kept attacking and were rewarded as a power play goal from Schramm cut the deficit to one at 4:42. Koehler tied it up at 13:58 and Bradley Rowlee gave them a 4-3 lead at 14:32. Duresky finished with 24 stops for the Storm as they finished with a 43-29 shot advantage.

The seeding for section 7A is tomorrow morning. Quarterfinals are slated for Thursday.

The Mariner girl’s hockey season came to an end at International Falls with a 4-0 loss to the Broncos in a section 7A quarterfinal contest. The game was scoreless after one period of play and 1-0 after two as the Mariners were outshot 25-14 through two periods of the play. The third period proved to be a backbreaker as the Broncos scored three times and out-shot the Mariners 25-4. Katie West got the game winner in the second period and Hillary Fox, Amber Tilander and Kaitlin VanHeel had third period goals. Sara Carman finished the game with 43 saves in the Mariner nets.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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