North Shore goalie Megan Larson made 30 saves, but the Storm couldn’t hold off the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton attack in an 11-0 loss Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet.
Lumberjack senior Kiana Bender scored twice in the first six minutes and nine different CEC players scored goals in the blowout loss.
CEC goalie Lauren Maslowski only needed to make 10 saves to preserve the shutout.
North Shore — already an exceedingly young team — was undermanned against CEC with several players out with injuries. Storm head coach Zack Vieau was forced to play seven eighth graders in the varsity game.
Despite the loss, Vieau was upbeat about the team and believes they are headed in a positive direction.
“What’s impressed me this year so far — obviously, it’s been a little rough and this was probably the roughest game — is just how the young girls are learning to bounce back,” View said. “That’s going to be huge in the upcoming years. You don’t usually have a lot of eighth graders getting varsity time.”
The team is making progress, Views said, learning new strategies and understanding the floor check better with each game.
“They’re bouncing back and keeping their heads up and being positive,” Vieau said. “If you get through a game like that and stay positive at the end, which they were, that’s all I can ask.”
Even better for North Shore, the team will start getting some of those missing juniors and seniors back over the next week and give those younger players a little more time at the junior varsity level to develop.
North Shore (0-6) is scheduled to play Superior on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Silver Bay.
North Shore 0-0-0—0
First period — 1. Kiana Bender (Dea DeLeon, Taylor Nelson), 0:18; 2. Bender (Jenna Zdebski, DeLeon), 5:45; 3. Jaxie Pogorelc (Frankie Halverson, Lauren Cawcutt), 6:02; 4. Halverson, 10:01; 5. Zdebski, 16:48.
Second period — 6. Marina Dostal (Ashtyn Schneberger), 2:59; 7. DeLeon (Tenley Stewart, Nelson), 8:14; 8. Emmie Ellena (Stewart, Bender), 15:26.
Third period — 9. Nelson (Bender), 0:39; 10. Lily Hanson (Dana Jones), 3:45; 11. Bender (Nelson, DeLeon), 5:16.
Saves — Megan Larson, NS, 30; Lauren Maslowski, CEC, 10.