North Stars facing test
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen-Beulah North Stars have one advantage and one disadvantage to the way that their schedule is compiled this year. The advantage is that all four of the team’s games to start the season are at home; the disadvantage is that three of those games are against traditional West Region powers.
After starting the season with a 5-4 overtime loss to Jamestown, the North Stars prepared for the tough Bismarck Century, Bismarck High and Minot stretch of their schedule. The first task against Century didn’t go well for the North Stars and they fell 7-0. But the second task, a loss to Bismarck High, went better.
The North Stars shocked home fans in the Hazen All Seasons Arena when they took an early lead after the opening faceoff. Devin Sardelli, a junior forward, put the puck across the goal line for a 1-0 lead 14 seconds into the game and Mikey Morris, a freshman, and Hunter Steffen, a senior, recorded assists on the play.
The North Stars’ great start was quickly negated by a boarding penalty on senior Rory Olson. The major put Bismarck on a power-play for five minutes and forced Olson out of the game for most of the first period.