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Hockey: Storm girls lose first game

The North Shore Storm girls lost their first game of the season 3-6 to the Moose Lake Area Rebels on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors.

The Storm had difficulty throughout the game converging on the eight power play opportunities they were given.

"They are trying to move the puck, which is really good because we've had really good passing on the power plays, they just needed to take the puck to the net and get more shots on net," head coach Neva Maxwell said. "The girls want to be good teammates and team players. We just need to get some people to step up and get the puck to the net."

The first period of the game was even strengthened play with both team getting just seven shots on goal. The Storm out shot the Rebels 17-10 in the second. In the third, the Rebels outshot the Storm 11-8.

"Our shots on goal definitely changed between the first and second period, which is a big improvement," Maxwell said. "Our first period, we just weren't getting the puck to the net so much, and the second period, they improved that and got some goals out of it."

The Rebels got their first goal on a power play with two minutes, 25 seconds left in the first period. The goal came on a Jessie Ketola hooking penalty at 13:55.

Moose Lake Area scored two more unanswered goals in the second, both at even strength, before senior Cora Carter put one in, on an assist from junior Gracie Komarek, at 9:36 making it 1-3. Ketola followed up with an unassisted goal shot from in front of the net at 14:51 in the second, bringing the Storm within one.

The Storm came into the third period with 1:03 left on a Moose Lake Area tripping penalty, but wasn't able to make anything of it. But 4:03 into the period, junior Callie Klemmer got a goal off of a rebound, tying the game at 3.

Unfortunately for the Storm, the Rebels took advantaged of a tripping penalty, which was the start of three unanswered goals for Moose Lake Area. Maxwell said she was frustrated by the penalty at the end because the girls' conditioning was paying off.

"We had the legs. They were mostly running two lines and we were running three lines off and on, and I think our conditioning did help," Maxwell said. "Some of the penalties I think that we were drawing was because people were starting to maybe get a little fatigued, but we're in good shape and I was pretty happy with how we were looking. Sometimes teams get that momentum right at the end and it's a little tough for that score not to reflect the effort and how good that game was."

Though the Storm's first game of the season ended in a loss, Maxwell said she's optimistic for the rest of the season.

"I'm feeling pretty optimistic with that being our first game under the belt even though the score doesn't look like it," she said.

The Storm girls were scheduled to play International Falls on Thursday, Nov. 16, but results weren't available before the News-Chronicle's press time.

North Shore's next two games are at Cambridge-Isanti at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and at Eveleth-Gilbert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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