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Bayside Chatter: Storm boys split a pair

The North Shore Storm boys split a pair of games. They lost 4-2 to International Falls in Two Harbors. Then they defeated the Ashland Oredockers 6-2 on Senior Night in Silver Bay.

Brady Wright had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Broncos at Lake County Arena Jan. 26. Easton Best and Ethan Sporn scored the Storm goals and Nick Hendrickson had a pair of assists.

The game was 1-1 after one and 3-2 after two. The Storm had the first eight shots on goal, but none of them went in the net. The Storm also outshot the Broncos 13-4 in the final period without lighting the red light. Tyler Keech finished the game with 18 saves for the Storm and Jake Klow had 30 stops for the Broncos.

At Rukavina Arena on Tuesday, Best led the offense with two goals and two assists. Hendrickson added two goals and an assist. Tanner Ketola and Logan Loiselle each had two assists. Chad Nordean and Mason Meyer had the other Storm goals.

Hendrickson put the Storm into the lead just 1:12 into the contest with an assist from Ethan Sporn. Best made it 2-0 at 6:47 and Hendrickson got his second goal of the game with 44 seconds left in the period, which proved to be the game winner. Nordean made it 4-0 when he took the puck in on a short breakaway and rammed it home. Lane Mielke concluded the period's scoring for Ashland and it was 4-1 after two.

It took Best just 9 seconds to put home a shot by Loiselle to start the final period of play. After Scott Gregor scored a power play goal for the Oredockers, Meyer concluded the game's scoring 6-2 in favor of the Storm. Keech made 20 saves for the Storm to pick up the win. Brandon Hudson finished with 32 stops for Ashland.

The Storm girls lost 7-0 to Cloquet at Two Harbors in their next to last regular season game. They host the Dodge County Wildcats tonight at Two Harbors. The Wildcats who are ranked number 23 in the AA rankings are a cooperative of eight schools.

The Section 7A playoffs begin on Thursday. The Storm have the number six seed and will play at either Moose Lake or Hibbing.