for the Lake County News-Chronicle
The Mariner girls lost to a very good Fort Frances Muskies team by a score of 8-3 at Rukavina Arena.
The Muskies are a veteran team that had already played 30 games so far this season. After falling behind 1-0,Brooke McMillen tied it up with assists from Everly Bauck and Kristiina Thums. McMillen, back in the corner near the goal line, saw the goalie overcommit on the play and put the puck in by bouncing it off of her. That would be as close as the Mariners would get. Anna Carman,with an assist from Tori Stevens, cut it to 5-2 and a wrap around by Carman made it 7-3. Hailey Clendenning and Amy Penner each scored twice for the Muskies and Claire Sandelovich had a goal and 2 assists. Sara Carman had 23 stops in the Mariner nets and Kate Parsons had 22 saves for the Muskies.
The Storm couldn’t find a way to light the red light at Hayward and fell by a score of 1-0.
Beau Girard’s goal in the second period was the only goal of the contest. Zach Duresky stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced and Darby Hand finished with 20 saves for the Hurricanes. The Storm enter their holiday tournament scoreless in their last 114:05 minutes of play.
Here’s how I see the seeding in section 7A for the boys and the girls prior to holiday tournament play. For the girls, I have it from top to bottom as Hibbing, Proctor-Hermantown, Moose Lake, International Falls, Eveleth-Gilbert and Silver Bay. The only changes I would anticipate here is a switch between 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th or 5th and 6th. For the boys I have it as Duluth Marshall, Hermantown, Hibbing, Duluth Denfeld, Virginia, Eveleth-Gilbert, North Shore, International Falls, Greenway and Ely. There could be a switch between the top two and 4th through 8th probably going to fluctuate a lot as there is a lot of section games left to be played.
The North Shore holiday hockey tournament began yesterday at Silver Bay, continues today at Two Harbors and concludes tomorrow at Silver Bay. First round matchups had Bagley against Legacy Christian, Ely against Mora, Moose Lake against Robbinsdale Cooper and Red Lake Falls against North Shore. Red Lake Falls (4-3-1) and Mora (4-3) come in with the best records. They are followed by the Storm at 3-3-1,Legacy at 2-5, Cooper at 2-6 and Bagley at 2-7. Ely is 0-5 and Moose Lake is 0-6. With the exception of the Storm, all of these teams are fairly young. Also, none of the eight teams have played anything resembling a tough schedule so far this season.
The girls will host the Chisago Lakes Wildcats at 2 p.m. today at Rukavina Arena.
The annual alumni game went 15-5 in favor of the White over the Blue. The White was those graduating in even numbered years and the Blue in odd numbered years. Josh Klemmer scored three goals early for the White and Nate Breden had a pair for the Blue.