Bayside Chatter: Storm girls wrap up season
The North Shore Storm girls hockey season came to end with a 6-1 loss to the Hibbing Bluejackets in a section 7A quarterfinal game Feb. 9. The girls held Hibbing for one period as it remained scoreless after the period ended. Hibbing exploded for five second period goals to end any doubt.
Allie Bussey had two goals and three assists for Hibbing, Mallorie Iozzo had a goal and two assists and Rachael Skorich had three assists. Bussey scored 42 seconds into the second period and Iozzo made it 2-0 at the 2:23 mark. After Bussey made it 3-0, Lillian Rue and Katie Carpenter scored 37 seconds apart for a 5-0 lead. Callie Klemmer scored unassisted for the Storm to make it 5-1 and one minute later Lilly Rewertz scored the game's final score for a final of 6-1. Maureen Dwyer finished the game with 35 saves for the Storm. Abby Edstrom and Hannah Wentland had 18 saves for Hibbing.
The Storm finish the season with a record of 5-18-1. They lose Hannah Johnson, Brooke McMillen and Hattie Koehler to graduation.
Storm boys go 2-1-1
After losing 4-2 to the Greenway Raiders at Silver Bay on Feb. 9, the Storm went unbeaten in their next three games. They beat Duluth Denfeld 3-2 at Two Harbors Feb. 10, won 5-2 at Ely Feb. 13 and tied 6-6 with the Rails at Proctor Tuesday.
Donte Lawson scored three goals and assisted on the other one to lead the Raider offense. Grant Troumbly and Nikolai Rajala each added two assists. The Raiders led 1-0 after one and 3-0 after two. The Storm cut it to 3-1 one minute into the final period of play on a Chad Nordean goal set up by Tanner Ketola. Ethan Sporn made it a one goal game with assists from Mason Meyer and Nick Hendrickson. The Raiders made it a 4-2 game with a power play goal and the Storm couldn't get any closer. Tyler Keech had 23 saves for the Storm and Austin Anick had 26 for the Raiders.
Hendrickson blocked a Hunter pass at his own blue line and went in all alone for a breakaway goal to put the Storm up 1-0 versus the Hunters. Luke Eilefson tied it up for Denfeld before the period ended with a power play goal. Ketola restored the lead to the Storm when he stuffed it in just inside the pipe. Initially, the referee waved it off, but after consultation with the goal judge, he changed his mind. Once again Denfeld tied it up before the period ended with a Brady Bastyr goal. Keech stopped Payton Budisolovich on a penalty shot to keep things tied at two. Easton Best scored the game winner with a backhand through the five hole. Keech had 13 saves and Benjamin LaFont of the Hunters had 20.
At Ely, Nordean and Nick Mattila traded first period goals 39 seconds apart. After Mattila put Ely up 2-1, it took 22 seconds for Sporn to tie it up, Nordean's second goal of the game made it 3-2 in favor of the Storm after two. Hendrickson and Logan Loiselle scored third period goals for the Storm for a final of 5-2. Keech stopped 27 Timberwolf shots and Lori Huseby had 31 saves for Ely.
At Proctor the Storm had leads of 4-1 and 6-5 but couldn't hang on to them. Best had a goal and three assists for the Storm, Ketola had a pair of goals and Nordean had a goal and two assists. Evan O'Connor had a hat trick for the Rails and Reid Morin added a pair of goals. The Rails were 4-for-5 on the power play.
After Morin put the Rails up 1-0, Ketola scored twice for a 2-1 Storm lead after one period of play. Best and Jake Swanson upped the Storm lead to 4-1 at the 7:44 mark of period two and things looked pretty good for the Storm. The Rails then scored three times before the period ended for a score of 4-4. O'Connor put the Rails up 5-4 with the Rails fourth unanswered goal of the game. Nordean and Josh Prom scored to put the Storm ahead by a score of 6-5 with 7:52 left to play. Once again, the Rails tied things up and it remained that way at the conclusion of play. Cameron Roy had 19 saves for the Storm and Braxton Sathers had 45 saves for the Rails.