North Shore rallied from a two-goal deficit, but a Hibbing-Chisholm goal late in the second period ended the Storm's season with a 3-2 loss to the Bluejackets in the Section 7A quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 7, in Hibbing.
Hibbing-Chisholm took the lead just two minutes into the first period off a goal by Emma Lundell and Julia Gherardi added another almost seven minutes into the second period.
North Shore could have folded after going down two, but instead, the Storm tied the game after Megan Maxey and Callie Klemmer each scored in a span of less than two minutes.
Allie Bussey scored the game winner the Bluejackets late in the second and the Storm were unable to put a shot past goalie Abby Edstrom over the final 20 minutes of play.
Edstrom stopped 19 shots for Hibbing-Chisholm and Storm goalie Maureen Dwyer made 31 saves.
North Shore (9-12-2) made a marked improvement in the 2018-19 season and achieved several of its preseason goals, including a top five seed in the section tournament.
The Storm will return most of its roster next season, but will have to replace three of its top five scorers in seniors Jessie Ketola, Gracie Komarek and Klemmer.
Section 7A Quarterfinals
North Shore 0-2-0-2
First period - 1. HC, Emma Lundell (Allie Bussey), 2:06.
Second period - 2. HC, Julia Gherardi (Megan Bussey, Darian Carlson), 6:43; 3. NS, Megan Maxey (Jessie Ketola), 9:01 (pp); 4. NS, Callie Klemmer (Hope Ernst, Maxey), 10:37; 5. HC, A. Bussey (Lundell, Maddie Rewertz), 13:55.
Third period - No scoring.
Saves - Maureen Dwyer, NS, 31; Abby Edstrom, HC, 19.