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Hockey: Roy, Nordean to help lead Storm boys

The North Shore Storm boys take a knee and get instructions from head coach Mike Guzzo (left) during practice Monday, Nov. 14, 2017 at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)1 / 2
Cameron Roy gloves a shot during practice Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors. Roy will get the starting position in net this season after starting the first half of last season. (News-Chronicle photo by Adelle Whitefoot)2 / 2

The North Shore Storm boys are looking to have even a stronger season this year with the help of their top returning scorer and experienced returning goalie.

Senior Chad Nordean is the top returning forward and scorer for the Storm, racking up 45 points alone last year. Nordean is also the Storms career recorder holder for most points at 132 and most goals at 66.

"He's been playing regular shifts since ninth grade," head coach Mike Guzzo said.

Guzzo said he's also looking at junior Cameron Roy to step up as the starting goalie for the Storm after playing 12 games last season.

"Tyler (Keech) was hurt at the beginning of the season so Cameron got good experience and played half the games," Guzzo said. "So that turns out to be a positive going into this year, whereas last year it was a negative because we didn't have Keech."

In those 12 games, Roy's goal against average was 3.00 and his save percentage was .856. But Guzzo is optimistic about the Storm's goalie situation.

"Cameron got that experience last year being the starter. I think he has the upper hand going in and he should be able to handle it, and he's worked really hard in the off-season," Guzzo said. "He spent a lot time working on his game, so I'm hoping that works out to being a strong goaltender."

North Shore's other goalies are sophomores Chase Bronikowski and Connor Sullivan.

"I think our goaltending has the potential to be the best it has been for me because these guys have all played goalie their entire career," Guzzo said. "So hopefully, between Cameron Roy, Chase Bronikowski and Connor Sullivan, we have three goalies that are pretty experienced and pretty good goalies."

As for the defense, Guzzo said his top returners are Logan Loiselle and Shane Torgersen, but the team took a hit during football season when Giovanni Marolt from Silver Bay had a season ending injury.

"He hurt his knee during football and will be out for the season," Guzzo said. "That's a bad break for us because he's been playing defense on a regular shift with Logan Loiselle since ninth grade. So that one stings a little bit."

With Marolt out for the season, Guzzo said he will be looking to the younger defensemen — Greysen Furo, Steven Keech, Connor Somnis, Brock Fjeran, Spencer Jackson and Nate Swanson — to step up and fill in the holes.

"We have some inexperienced defense that we are hoping will step up right away," Guzzo said. "All of those guys are going to be in the running to step in and play some defense."

According to Guzzo, the first thing the Storm has to do is shore up the defense, and do so by playing strong centers.

"If we are strong at the center position that will help shore our defense up," he said. "The centers can do the same thing in the defensive zone, so I really look to put some of my better forwards at center."

The Storm's first game will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors against Mound Westonka. The Storm will then take on Duluth Denfeld at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Silver Bay, Proctor at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Proctor and Moose Lake-Willow River at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Two Harbors.

"We really stacked the schedule to start out. When we come out of two weeks of practice we're playing Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and the following Saturday," Guzzo said. "So we have a four-game little series, I call it. So we'll work the kids hard for the next week and figure out what the best combinations and we'll learn more as we get through those first four games."

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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