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Boys hockey: Storm tie Eveleth-Gibert

North Shore senior Chad Nordean races down the ice with Eveleth-Gilbert's Nick Beaudette in pursuit during the Storm's 3-3 tie Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Silver Bay. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 2
The North Shore Storm celebrate Nick Hendrickson's second goal of the night during the first period of their game against Eveleth-Gilbert. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 2

About six minutes into the second period, Chad Nordean broke away for a shorthanded, unassisted goal to give North Shore a 3-1 lead over Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Silver Bay.

Unfortunately for the Storm, that was the last time they would score and the Golden Bears would add two more goals that would force overtime and a tie.

The Storm spent a lot of time trying to kill penalties, with North Shore players spend 17 minutes in the penalty box for the game. The first four penalties of the game were called on Storm players and in the third period there was a five-minute major.

"That just kills you, you just can't spend that much time in the penalty box," Storm coach Mike Guzzo said. "Our guys did a great job of killing them off, they only scored one goal in seven chances on the power play."

Storm goalie Cameron Roy made 32 saves in the game and Nordean had three points, record the second period goal and assisting on both first period goals.

Nick Hendrickson struck nearly seven minutes into the game for the North Shore to give them a 1-0 lead and scored four minutes later to give the Storm a 2-0 lead.

North Shore looked to head into the locker room with a two goal lead and had even killed off a penalty with less than a minute to play in the period, but Nathan Tassoni found the back of the net with just 43 seconds left to get the Golden Bears on the scoreboard.

"We're disappointed to lose a 3-1 lead," Guzzo said. "It would have been nice to hang on or get a few more goals and take care of business. We definitely had our chances, but their goalie came up big, too."

In overtime, the Storm had a power play of its own and even had a good shot the hit the crossbar had a few other chances in the extra period, but they were unable to score and the game ended in a tie.

"Overall, it was a step forward for our team," Guzzo said. "We were probably the underdog going into the game, but we just can't quite get over the hump. We have three ties this year and 10 losses. Probably half the losses could have been wins and we've had the lead in all the ties. It's not been a year where we get many bounces or breaks."

North Shore (5-10-3) is entering the final weeks of the season and Guzzo said goalie play and penalty kill will be key as the team heads into the playoffs next month. The Storm played International Falls Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline and will play Ashland

"We're just going to keep working hard," Guzzo said. "We'll try to get some momentum headed into the playoffs."

Eveleth-Gilbert 1-1-1-0—3

North Shore 2-1-0-0—3

First period — 1. NS, Nick Hendrickson (Cody Brandt, Chad Nordean), 6:43; 2. NS, Hendrickson (Nordean), 9:54; 3. EG, Nathan Tassoni, 16:17.

Second period — 4. NS, Nordean, 5:58 (sh); 5. EG, Cody Hendrickson (Will Troutwine), 11:40 (pp).

Third period — 6. EG, Cole Meyer (Hendrickson), 5:06.

Overtime — No scoring.

Saves — Cameron Roy, NS, 32; Mack Lautigar, EG, 26.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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