January 15, 2009

North Stars banged up in new year

The North Stars have been waiting 20 days to get out of practice and finally see some more competition. Although the boys have been itching to get to the action, in hindsight they may have wished to wait just a few more days.

After a rough and tumble game in Mandan last Friday, Hazen-Beulah will be skating without two defensemen. Zach Morris reported a swollen knee injury and Tanner Borlaug started the game but knew right away his shoulder wasn’t right so he sat shortly after. According to head coach Mark Schmitt, it seems that Borlaug will still be out this week and Morris is doubtful.

"We have been pretty lucky without injuries and then as soon as Christmas break is over we lose two guys. It was a pretty physical game," Schmitt said adding, "we probably dished it out as much as we got it."

Forward Cameron Dietz was moved back to defense, a position he played part time last season. The North Stars other defense positions belong to Kyle Irwin and Logan Steffen.

"With Kyle and Cameron going back it doesn’t hurt us any," Schmitt said. "We’ll have two lines of four and one line is going to play every other line."

Mandan 5, Hazen-Beulah 1

The game that would end up changing the North Stars plans was not obvious until later that night after the Friday contest was finished. In fact it started as many games have this season with Mandan getting up early with two goals.

Then Riley Olson, H-B’s leading scorer so far this year, received the puck pass from Morris and railed in the North Stars’ goal at 13:51 in the first period.

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