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Boys hockey: Duluth Denfeld beats North Shore late in 3rd

North Shore senior Chad Nordean circles the offensive zone with the puck during the first period against Duluth Denfeld Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Silver Bay. (Photo by Lisa Malcomb)

Duluth Denfeld Hunters beat the North Shore Storm boys 4-3 late in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Silver Bay.

The final Denfeld goal came with one minute, 32 seconds left in the game, scored by Jacob Marcininak with an assist by Luke Eilefson.

"They had a rush, they came down and took a good shot and there was kind of a juicy rebound that the kid shoved in there on the second shot," head coach Mike Guzzo said. "It was a pretty good game and we were going back and forth, but basically it came down to whoever got the next goal was probably going to win."

Denfeld scored two unanswered goals in the first before North Shore's Ethan Sporn scored at 10:41 on assists from Chad Nordean and Mason Meyer making it 2-1. Neither team scored in the second period.

The Storm started off the third period right with a Nick Hendrickson goal at 3:53 with assists from Cole Komarek and Wyatt Haugan tying it up at two. Unfortunately for the Storm, Nate Swanson took a penalty soon after allowing the Hunters to score a power play goal to take a 3-2 lead. North Shore tied it up soon after with its last goal coming from Eric Carlson with assists from Cody Brandt and David Anderson.

"We have five or six returning forwards that played a lot and they just haven't quite had great puck movement yet, but we generated some shots (Tuesday) night and the goals will start to come if they continue that," Guzzo said. "Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't, but you have to do the little things right starting with moving your feet and moving the puck."

The Storm had 39 shots on goal Tuesday. Cameron Roy was in net for the Storm getting 27 saves.

"We did generate some shots, which was a positive for us because if you want to score you have to have the puck and get some shots," Guzzo said.

Guzzo said Tuesday's game was a big improvement from the team's 4-1 season opener loss Saturday, Nov. 25.

"We had 10 penalties on Saturday and only had two (Tuesday) night, so that was a huge improvement and I thought their feet moved a lot better for the entire game then they did for the opener," he said. "I'm happy how they bounced back and that they worked really hard because it's hard work that's going to make us better in the end and I think we had a great team effort in the end."

Storm lose season opener

The North Shore Storm lost 4-1 to Mound Westonka Saturday, Nov. 25 in Two Harbors. The Storm opened the scoring with a power play goal from Sporn with assists from Nordean and Haugan. Unfortunately for North Shore, that would be the team's only goal and Mound Westonka would score four unanswered goals.

The Storm had 16 shots on goal Saturday. Roy was in net for North Shore with 31 saves.

North Shore was scheduled to play Proctor on Thursday, Nov. 30. The results weren't available by press time.

The boys take on Moose Lake Area at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Two Harbors and Ashland at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 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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