North Stars get close
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen-Beulah North Stars were close to getting their first win of the season early last week, but couldn’t beat Williston’s starting goalie, Camden Haugenoe, in the final period and lost 4-2 in a West Region home game.
Even though the North Stars struggled to beat Haugenoe in the final period, they figured out a way to do it in the first two periods of the game. North Stars junior forward Devin Sardelli might have gained the ire of North Stars’ Head Coach Dan Frei early in the first period for committing a penalty and giving Williston a very early power play.
The North Stars killed the penalty and Sardelli recovered from his early mistake with the first goal of the game, securing more endearing thoughts from his teammates and coaches.
The North Stars couldn’t hold the lead the rest of the period though. Williston tied the game with a goal by freshman forward Chance Johnson and didn’t relent early in the second period.
Williston didn’t let the North Stars get the first goal of the second period and kept the North Stars’ home fans out of the game with their own goal to take the lead. Williston’s second period goal to take the lead and silence the crowd came from senior defenseman Austin Aarndt.
Cole Weltikol helped set up the goal with a pass to open ice near the middle of the offensive zone. From there Aarndt outraced Hazen-Beulah’s defensemen to the puck. After gaining control of the puck Aarndt beat North Stars’ keeper, Colin Johnson, in a one-on-one.
The North Stars didn’t let Williston keep their hometown fans at Hazen All Seasons Arena quiet the rest of the period though. North Stars’ senior forward Hunter Steffen gave the home crowd fans something to celebrate about when he turned a Jordan Johnson pass into a game-tying goal with 8 minutes left in the second period.
The home crowd’s new-found enthusiasm was quickly elevated up another notch when North Stars’ junior Mikey Morris fired a shot that tinged off the goal post on a power play. But the shot never went in and the score stayed tied.