The North Shore Storm opened their play in the North Shore holiday hockey tournament by laying an egg in a 5-0 loss to the Red Lake Falls Eagles. They had a couple of breaks against them in the first period and couldn’t buy a break of their own and as a result were down 2-0 when the period concluded. They came out flat in the period two and were blown off the ice as they were outshot 24-7 and outscored 3-0. They played a great third period, but it was too little and too late. Simply put, this game featured way too much me and not enough team. Zach Landmark scored twice for the Eagles to give him 19 goals so far this season.
Game two was versus the winless Moose Lake Rebels. Mike Nordean scored 8:23 into the game to end a 176:28 scoreless streak for the Storm. Then the flood gates opened as they rolled to a 13-1 victory. Six different Storm player scored more than one point and three of them had a multi-goal game as they found out things went much better working as a team. Ryan Rasmussen had 4 assists to go with a hat trick, Thomas Anderson had 2 assists to go with a hat trick and Tyler Schramm had a goal and 4 assists. Jonah Koehler finished with a goal and 3 assists and Nordean scored twice. Zach Duresky picked up his fourth win of the season as the Storm outshot the Rebels 54-13.
Against the Bagley Flyers, the Storm scored 9 times in the second period to break a 4-0 game wide open. Schramm had a hat trick to go with 2 goals from Corey Johnson, Quaid Cavallin and Ville Vuori. Luke Small added 4 assists. Duresky picked up the win with 3 saves and Will Peterson had 3 saves in his first varsity action. ourteen different Storm players scored at least one point. The Storm put 75 shots on goal.
The Storm hosted winless Ely yesterday and host Greenway at Two Harbors on Tuesday. The Greenway game was listed on some schedules for tomorrow.
The girls had two games over the holiday season. They lost 5-1 to the Chisago Lakes Wildcats and 7-1 to the Duluth Northern Stars. Both opponents used their depth to gradually wear down the Mariners who put up a good fight in each contest. Carrie Palmer with assists from Everly Bauck and April Velcheff scored the Mariner goal against the Wildcats. Rheanna Duncan scored twice for the Wildcats. Sara Carman had 47 saves to tie the Mariner single game mark for saves in a game. Bauck scored the Mariner goal versus Duluth. Calie Hoff finished with a hat trick for the Northern Stars. Carman finished up with 37 stops.
The girls travel to Baudette to play the winless Lake of the Woods Bears in a pair of games. Both teams have high hopes of getting their first win of the season. Tuesday, the girls are at Proctor to play the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage and Thursday they host the Moose Lake Rebels.
Robbinsdale Cooper defeated Mora 7-5 to win the championship game of the North Shore tournament. Legacy Christian beat Red Lake Falls 3-2 for third and Moose Lake beat Ely 6-4 for 7th.
The Luverne boys and the Thief River Falls girls are the only undefeated hockey teams entering 2014.