Girls hockey: North Shore's Ketola reaches 100 points
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.