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The North Shore Storm varsity team, including a number of seniors, salutes their cheering fans for the last time after a quarterfinal loss to Marshall last Friday. Marshall knocked them out of the playoffs with a 6-1 final score. Photo by Michelle Ketola.

Bayside chatter: Feb. 28

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Bayside chatter: Feb. 28
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Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle

Storm finishes season 15-10-2

The North Shore Storm played a pretty decent second and third period against the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers. Unfortunately for them, the game was over after the first period when they trailed 5-0. The Hilltoppers had also called off the dogs after the first period when they limited the ice time of their first line.


Jordan Fralich rifled in a shot just under the cross bar just 1:22 into the contest. Four minutes later Derek Farrell scored on a short breakaway via a shot that went off the cross bar, up in the air, down and off the goalie’s back, and down to the ice and across the goal line. At that point the Storm got tentative and back on the heels giving the Hilltoppers all the room they needed. They responded by scoring three more times before the period ended and for all intents and purposes the game was over.

Chad Smuk, with an assist from Mike Nordean, scored the only Storm goal in the second period when he bounced the puck in off the goaltender while on the goal line back in the corner.

Zach Duresky finished the game with 37 saves for the Storm and his counterpart Alex Murray had 17 stops for Marshall.

The Storm finished its second season of play with a record of 15-10-2. The team will lose 14 players to graduation. It’s time to say good bye to Zach Duresky, Mike Nordean, Brad Smith, Tyler Schramm, Luke Small, Thomas Anderson, Corey Johnson, Mills Johnson, Kory Buckman, Bradley Rowlee, Nick Johnson, Chad Smuk and Grant Anderson.

Anna Carman of the Mariners played for the Ice in the 10th annual girls high school hockey All-star game held at Cloquet. Her team beat the Fire 4-2. Anna will be representing Section 7 at the Senior Classic this weekend in Blaine.

In other hockey news

The 11th annual Rink Rat 3 on 3 tournament will be on Monday at Rukavina Arena. It consists of eight three- person teams playing a double elimination tournament in one evening on half ice. Monday, March 10 and Thursday, March 13, will be the 18th annual battle to get your name inscribed on the Silver Cup. It’s open to anyone from bantam-age players and up. There is sign-up sheet near the arena office. Four teams will be chosen from those who sign up.

The North Shore Bantam A team won the District 11 tournament and advanced to the North Region which began play today at Proctor. They were seeded No. 2 in the district and defeated No.1 Duluth East twice by scores of 4-2 and 5-3, after opening play with a 4-3 overtime victory Hermantown.

The North Shore 12U B team is also in north Region play today at Roseau.

The No. 2 seeded Blake defeated No. 1 East Grand Forks 3-2 to win the girls’ Class A hockey title. In AA it was No.2 Hill-Murray over No.1 Benilde/St.Margaret, 5-3.

The boy’s Section 7A title game was held on Wednesday with No.2 Duluth Marshall facing No.1 Hermantown. Marshall beat Virginia 2-1 and Hermantown beat Denfeld 6-1 in semifinal play. In Section 7AA on Thursday it was No.2 Elk River facing No.1 Duluth East.