Hockey: Storm boys beat Rails quick in OT
North Shore senior Chad Nordean's first goal of the season landed the Storm a 2-1 overtime win against Proctor on Thursday, Nov. 30.
The overtime started with a faceoff at center ice, which North Shore won. Nate Swanson got the puck, shot it down the boards, where Nordean picked it. Head coach Mike Guzzo said the team had just practiced that play the day before.
"If we win the faceoff, our defense is supposed to just throw it up the boards and let them get in a foot race and try and get a breakaway, and that's exactly what happened," Guzzo said. "Nate Swanson got a quick release up to the boards before Proctor even could react to it."
Nordean fought his way to the net and was able to get a goal in off a backhand shot.
"Chad is pretty strong and powered his way to the net and made a pretty big goal, especially since it was his first one of the year and he's been pretty frustrated because the pucks haven't been going in for him," Guzzo said. "Hopefully, that broke the seal for him and pucks will be going in."
The first period went by scoreless, but the second started off with a goal by Ethan Sporn at 3:12. Sporn picked the pocket of a Proctor skater at the opposite blueline getting a breakaway for the unassisted goal.
The Storm kept the 1-0 lead up until the last two minutes of the game. Storm's Logan Loiselle took a holding penalty with 2:34 left in the game and Proctor's Jordan Linder scored 47 seconds later tying the game at one with 1:47 left.
Cameron Roy was in the net for the Storm with 17 saves.
"He had a nice game in goal, especially since he was pretty disappointed in himself after the Denfeld game," Guzzo said. "So it's nice when someone like that comes back the next game and plays pretty solid."
Storm blows away Rebels
The North Shore boys defeated the Moose Lake Area Rebels 14-0 on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Two Harbors.
The first Storm goal came at 26 seconds into the first period by Chad Nordean unassisted. Nordean scored three more goals Saturday in the second period and ended the game with five points. Other Storm scorers included Cody Brandt and Peyton Westerlund both with three goals, and Ethan Sporn, Mason Meyer, Cole Komarek and Nick Hendrickson all with one goal each.
Chase Bronikowski was in the net for the Storm getting his first varsity shutout and win with 10 saves.
The Storm played Ashland on Thursday, Dec. 7. Results weren't available by press time.
They take on North Branch at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Two Harbors before heading to Superior for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday, Dec. 14.
"It's kind of an interesting stretch for us because our next eight games are all against teams that are not in our section," Guzzo said. "We have some really good opponents with North Branch being one of them. We matched up with them really well last year and tied them 2-2, so that should be a really good game."