North Shore goalie Cameron Roy stopped 33 shots and held International Falls scoreless until late in the third period as the Storm skated to a 3-1 win Thursday, Jan. 24, in Silver Bay.
Sophomore Lucas Stadler scored less than three minutes into the game on a pass from Isaac Swanson to give the Storm the lead, with freshman Will Olson and junior Sam Johnson each adding goals in the second period.
North Shore (4-12-2) has struggled in close games, losing six games this season by two goals or less, including a 4-3 loss to International Falls on Jan. 5. With the win, however, the Storm have an opportunity to pick up a few more wins against Ely, Hibbing/Chisholm and Moose Lake Area, all of which have four wins or less so far this season.
Wins over those three teams and a win over a six-win Proctor team Monday, Feb. 4, could give North Shore a lot of momentum heading into the Section 7A tournament that begins Feb. 16. The Storm beat the Rails in the section tournament last season before bowing out to eventual section champion Hermantown.
North Shore is next scheduled to play Hibbing/Chisholm at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Silver Bay.