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Girls hockey: North Shore's Ketola reaches 100 points

Jessie Ketola (9) celebrates with the North Shore Storm after Megan Maxey's first period goal against Fairmont. Ketola's assist on the goal was her 100th career point, making her the seventh player in program history to reach the milestone. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)1 / 2
North Shore senior Jessie Ketola chases down the puck during the Storm's 2-1 loss to Arrowheard during the Schwan's Cup tournament Dec. 26 in Minneapolis. The next night against Fairmont, Ketola scored her 100th career point in a 9-2 win. (Photo by Michelle Ketola)2 / 2

Before the holiday break began in December, Jessie Ketola, North Shore's leading scorer, hadn't scored a point in several games — an anomaly for the senior forward.

That all changed at the Schwan's Cup tournament Dec. 26-28 in Minneapolis. Ketola got an assist in the Storm's 2-1 loss to Arrowhead and exploded for six points — four goals and two assists — in the Storm's 9-2 win over Fairmont.

Ketola's first assist of the game, to junior Megan Maxey, was Ketola's 100th career point, putting her among only seven other Storm players in history.

"On the power play I was set up behind the net. I can see all of the players like a quarterback," Ketola said. "I came around on the backside of the net and I saw Megan over on the other side wide-open, so I slid it over and we got the goal. It was pretty mint. I've had a few like that this year."

Ketola also scored the lone goal for North Shore in the final game of the tournament, a 2-1 loss to Albert Lea on Dec. 28, giving her 29 points this season — 13 more than any other Storm player this season.

Ketola said she didn't even realize she was close to the career milestone, but gave a lot of credit to her teammates for being able to achieve it.

"I was really surprised and proud, but there is no way I could have done it without my teammates since a lot of them were assists," Ketola said. "It's really all about getting it to the back of the net and I couldn't have done it without my teammates' support."

North Shore (5-7-2) is scheduled to play Northern Lakes at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in Crosby.

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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