It took just over two periods for North Shore to get their first goal, but once they did, the flood gates opened as the Storm blasted Wadena-Deer Creek 6-0 in a home win Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Storm had plenty of chances in the first period, outshooting the Wolverines 14-1, but were unable to get a shot past Wadena-Deer Creek goalie Josh Dykhoff.
The Wolverines made an adjustment in the second period and turned the tables in the second period, peppering Storm goalie Connor Sullivan with 14 shots while Dykhoff faced just two Storm pucks.
However, the Wolverines Chase Domier was hit with a five-minute illegal checking penalty toward the two minutes remaining in the third period.
With the Wolverines still down a man when the third period started, North Shore senior Cole Komarek found the back of the net at the 2:43 mark.
Komarek scored a shorthanded goal five minutes later, with Isaac Swanson adding two goals of his own and Bilben and Carter Zabrocki adding goals late in the period.
Fellows was happy with his team’s patient play and capitalizing on opportunities once they came.
“They played really well,” Fellows said. “They persevered. Everything didn’t go right for us and then when it came together it came together really well.”
The Storm followed up the win over the Wolverines with a 6-1 home loss to Duluth Denfeld Tuesday, Nov. 26.
North Shore (1-1) is scheduled to play at Proctor at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
North Shore 0-0-6—6
First period — No scoring.
Second period — No scoring.
Third period — 1. Cole Komarek (Nate Bilben), 2:43 (pp); 2. Komarek, 7:50 (sh); 3. Isaac Swanson (Sully Tikkanen), 10:37; 4. Bilben (Lucas Stadler, Spencer Jackson), 13:13 (pp); 5. Carter Zabrocki, 14:50 (pp); 6. Swanson, 15:57.
Saves — Josh Dykhoff, WDC, 22; Connor Sullivan, NS, 24.