North Shore junior Ryder McMillen scored off a pass from Cole Komarek late in the second period to seal a 4-0 win over Ashland Thursday, Jan. 30, in Two Harbors.

North Shore junior Ryder McMillen tries to get the puck past Ashland's Cade Houtari during a 4-0 Storm win Thursday, Jan. 30, in Two Harbors. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal
North Shore junior Ryder McMillen tries to get the puck past Ashland's Cade Houtari during a 4-0 Storm win Thursday, Jan. 30, in Two Harbors. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

McMillen’s goal capped off a four-goal second period that started with goals from Sully Tikkanen, Caleb Waldron and Nate Bilben.

“When the team skates well and moves the puck they are very effective,” Storm coach Andy Fellows said. “I think our team came and did a good job and they were playing some pretty good hockey recently.”

Goalie Connor Sullivan needed to make only 14 stops to preserve the shut out.

Fellows acknowledged that Ashland was a little short-handed against the Storm because of illness. Add to that a long bus ride to Two Harbors, it’s understandable the Oredockers were not at their best, Fellows said.

North Shore (8-15) were shut out against Hibbing-Chisholm Friday Jan. 31, in Silver Bay and traveled to Ely and beat the Timberwolves 5-2 Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The team needs to play with more consistency if they are going to surprise a team in the Section 7A tournament that begins Feb. 15.

“We have to build good habits in practice and we’ve got to stay away from bad habits on the ice,” Fellows said. “The biggest one is they’ve got to play like it’s varsity hockey. These guys play a lot of different hockey and they’ve got to prioritize habits to win varsity hockey games.”

North Shore is next scheduled to play at Eveleth-Gilbert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

North Shore 0-4-0—4
Ashland 0-0-0—0

First period — No scoring.

Second period — 1. Sully Tikkanen, 1:21; 2. Caleb Waldron (Nate Bilben), 9:28; 3. Bilben, 11:37; 4. Ryder McMillen (Cole Komarek, Spencer Jackson), 15:14.

Third period — No scoring.

Saves — Connor Sullivan, NS, 14; Zach Morris, A, 34.