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Girls hockey: Storm off to rocky start

The North Shore Storm girls dropped their last three games, ending the first two weeks of the season winless.

The Storm lost to Eveleth-Gilbert 5-4 in overtime Tuesday, Nov. 21. The girls came out strong taking a 2-0 lead in the first off of Cora Carter and Jessie Ketola goals. But the Golden Bears were able to squeeze a goal in with 7 seconds left in the first.

The second period was pretty even strength play between Golden Bears and the Storm, though Eveleth-Gilbert was able to tie it up at two.

The third period saw four goals with Eveleth-Gilbert starting off the scoring at 6:20 in the period going up 3-2 over the Storm. North Shore was able to come back strong scoring two quick goals taking a 4-3 lead. Carter got the first and Sydney Haugan would get the last Storm goal of the night. Unfortunately for North Shore, Eveleth-Gilbert's Anneka Lundgren tied it up with 55 seconds left in the period sending it to overtime.

"We had the lead 2-0 in the first period and the girls let their guard down," head coach Neva Maxwell said. "Eveleth came back with a strong third period, stronger than us."

The Golden Bears came out strong in overtime, according to Maxwell, with Lundgren getting the game winning goal at 5:54.

"They just beat us to the puck," Maxwell said of the overtime. "They put a little bit more hustle into their step then we did."

When asked what one thing the Storm girls needed to work on in the future, Maxwell said they need to not underestimate anybody they play.

"The girls need to come to the game doing the best that they can regardless of who their opponent is," she said.

For the Storm, Rheo Johnson, Callie Klemmer and Carter all had one assist and Ketola had two. Maureen Dwyer took the loss in net taking 38 shots on goal and saving 33.

The Storm lost 4-0 to Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City on Saturday, Nov. 18, on the road and lost 6-3 to International Falls on Thursday, Nov. 16, at home.

Dwyer was in net for both games, saving 51 shots against the Bluejackets and 21 shot against the Broncos. Storm goals against the Broncos were scored by Ketola from Haugan, Everly Bauck from Megan Maxey and Carter from Bauck.

The Storm take on Hibbing/Chisholm on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Hibbing and Hayward on Friday, Dec. 1, in Silver Bay.

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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