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Hockey: Storm girls get first win

Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram North Shore’s Mackenzie Dwyer (right) battles for the puck with Superior’s Isabel Franta (left) in the first period Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in Superior. 1 / 3
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram North Shore’s Everly Bauck (left) moves the puck up the ice during the first period against Superior Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in Superior. 2 / 3
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram North Shore goalie Maureen Dwyer (left) collides with Superior’s Rose Ion (right) in the first period Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in Superior.3 / 3

The North Shore Storm tallied their first win of the season against the Superior Spartans Thursday, Dec. 7, in Superior.

The Storm defeated the Spartans 5-3 after a three-goal second period. North Shore's Gracie Komarek started the scoring off in the first period with an assist from Callie Klemmer. Unfortunately, the Spartans answered 47 seconds later at 13:16 with a goal of their own, ending the period 1-1.

In the second period the North Shore Storm came out with a vengeance. Klemmer scored two power play goals, at 3:08 and 15:42, and Jessie Ketola put in one more unassisted at 10:31 to end the period with a three-point lead.

In the third period, the Storm started off the scoring with a goal from Emily Seipke at 7:55, giving the Storm four answered goals. Though 15 seconds later, Spartan's Addie Young snuck one past the North Shore goal to make it 5-2.

Young's goal gave Superior some momentum. Just 1:42 later, Destiny Holmes scored with an assist from Arika Trentor, making it 5-3. The Spartans weren't able to get any more goals, giving the Storm their first win on the season.

Maureen Dwyer was in the net for North Shore facing 21 shots and getting 18 saves.

The Storm (1-7) kept their penalties to a minimum, only receiving two infractions for a total of four penalty minutes. In the first six games of the season, the girls averaged 10.5 penalty minutes, which led to nine power play goals. The team averaged 13 minutes in the first three games.

The Storm girls make their way south as they take on the St. Paul Blades on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and Minnehaha United on Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon. The next nine games will be away before the girls return for a home game in Silver Bay on Jan. 16.

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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