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Bayside chatter: Jan. 17

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Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle

Girls’ hockey

Silver Bay gave Moose Lake a tough run for its money as they fell 4-2 at home. After Sage Gerard gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead, the Mariners responded a minute later with a goal from Hannah Johnson set by Brooke McMillen to tie things at one after one period of play. Two goals by Andrea Youngberg made things 3-1 in favor of the Rebels after two. One of these pucks went up and over the goalie, fell behind her and then barely crossed the goal line. The other was scored with less than a second left on the clock. Halfway through the final period Anna Carman cut the lead to a score of 3-2 with a breakaway short- handed goal. The Mariners pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker with 1:10 left to play, but the Rebels found the empty net with 10 seconds left. The Rebels outshot the Mariners 35-24 as Sara Carman finished with 32 saves.

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The girls then traveled to Proctor to play the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage. The Mirage led 1-0 after one and 3-0 after two. Their depth prevailed in the third as they scored four times for a 7-0 victory. Sophie McGovern and Reilly Fawcett each scored twice for the Mirage. Once again the Mariners had a lot of great offensive opportunities, but couldn’t bury the puck. Their first two shots on goal were breakaways and they had a penalty shot in the second period. Carman finished the game with 36 saves to 14 for her counterpart.

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.

Boys’ hockey

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.

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