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December 22, 2015

Northstars grab first win of season

By Jarann Johnson
In with the new, out with the old. The Hazen-Beulah Northstars had no problem with the old wise tale about living life last week
The Hazen-Beulah Northstars abandoned their old jerseys, which saw many losses, and donned a new look. The new look worked and gave the Northstars a 4-2 home win over the Williston Coyotes last week.
It was nice to have on new jerseys, but what was really nice for the Northstars was having their only returning all-region player back in the lineup. Mikey Morris made his season debut and recorded two assists during the game.
The game started out favoring the Northstars in the first period. The Northstars jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Freshman forward Dain Sardelli scored his first goal of the season and junior forward Jakob Parisien added two goals during the period.
The Northstars were up 3-0 going into the first period break. Northstars’ Head Coach Dan Frei credited the impressive period to the addition of a key player and following the game plan against one of the state’s best keepers.
“Really, it’s a similar first period to what we played against Century. We just didn’t have the bodies. Having Mikey back makes a difference, like I said, for numerous reasons. It’d be no different if Parisien was out and Mikey was there. Getting Parisien back would make a difference. Skilled players are beneficial,” Frei said.
“So we came out, they played good solid fundamental hockey. Got the puck on the net, got the puck across. Cam Haugenoe is a big, talented goalie. We talked before the game, ‘You need to get the puck across the net. Make him move laterally.’ So it was a good start.”
Williston scored one goal in the second period and one in the third, but it was too late. Parisien halted the comeback with an empty net goal, which gave him a hat trick on the day.
After the game, Coach Frei added having Morris back helps ease pressure on Parisien and also gives Parisien more chances to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.  
Frei thinks Morris’ skill will continue to help the team out and also give them a boost in scoring power.

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