Bayside chatter: Jan. 17
Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle
The Mariners returned home and came out flying against Eveleth-Gilbert. They outshot Eveleth 15-6 in the first period ,but couldn’t light the red light while Eveleth was able to do so twice. After the Bears went up 3-0, Kristiina Thums cut it to 3-1,but that would be as close as it would get. Eveleth took charge for three second period and two third period goals and a 7-1 victory. Sam Mugge finished with a hat trick for the Golden Bears. Carman had 17 stops for the Mariners and Kora Bonicatto had 28 for Eveleth.
The Storm traveled to Hoyt Lakes to play Eveleth-Gilbert and left the ice with a 6-2 loss. Eveleth led 1-0 after one, 3-0 after two and were up 4-0 before the Storm got on the board in the third period. Ryan Rasmussen and Quaid Cavallin scored the goals for the Storm while Mitchell Huffman and Zach Skelton each scored twice for Eveleth, with one of Skelton’s being a penalty shot. Zach Duresky of the Storm and Chad Hietela of Eveleth each finished with 31 saves.
The Storm returned to the Range to play Virginia and lost a heartbreaker as the Blue Devils won via a power play goal from Travis Kemp with 36 seconds left in overtime. After a scoreless first period, Justice Chaffee gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. The Storm replied with goals from Tyler Schramm and Luke Small and took a 2-1 lead into the final period of play. Louie Judnick tied it up for the Blue Devils with 13:06 left in regulation and then it was on to overtime. Both goaltenders were very busy as Duresky had 58 saves for the Storm and Lucas Murray had 48 for Virginia.
I looked back over the schedules and results for the Storm since the merger between the two programs and noticed one very disturbing trend: they have beat only two teams with a winning record. Last year they beat Hayward and this season they beat Ashland, although both seasons they took Virginia to overtime before falling. So in other words, they have yet to put up a signature win. They pile up a lot of stats against very weak teams and have trouble scoring against the better teams. As of right now, I would have to say they’ll be lucky to be seeded seventh or eighth in Section 7A unless things change a lot.