Northstars falter in third
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen-Beulah Northstars entered their Saturday home contest against Jamestown knowing a win would greatly enhance their odds of avoiding the play-in West Region tournament game. The Northstars fought hard but fell 5-2.
In the opening minutes of the game things didn’t look good for the Northstars. Jamestown scored two goals separated by 14 seconds in less than 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Devin Hoffman put away the first goal and Austin Rene put away the second goal. Hoffman’s goal was assisted by Brayden Sherfy.
Northstars’ Head Coach Dan Frei described the unfavorable start as two big mistakes. Frei said the first goal was created by weak coverage from the forwards coming into the zone. Frei said the second goal was scored because of a weak clearing-out effort, which blocked goalie Colin Johnson’s view of the puck.
After the costly mistakes it looked like Jamestown was going to take full control of the game, because the Northstars added two penalties to their bad start. Special teams did enough to kill the penalty, which frustrated Jamestown.
The Northstars’ ability to kill penalties caused a frustrated Jamestown team to commit their own penalty – a tripping violation. The penalty was just what the Northstars needed to jumpstart their offense.
On the power play, Northstars’ senior forward Devin Sardelli lined up a slap shot and squeaked it past Jamestown keeper Matthew Schneider. Sardelli’s goal gave the Northstars momentum heading into the period break.