H-B Northstars still adjusting
By Jarann Johnson
Most of the teams in the West Region know that the Northstars are trying to break in a new goalie, and that means opponents are firing shots at the new net protector at will. Alec Schroetlin hasn’t had many quiet periods in the net since taking over three games ago for the Northstars, but he’s improving.
Last week Schroetlin recorded 30-plus saves in back-to-back games. The bad news is that Schroetlin still has a far way to go as shown by one stat – 18 goals against in the same two games.
Things didn’t start easy for the former senior forward against Mandan early last week. After one period the Northstars found themselves down 5-1.
The Northstars’ only goal of the period was scored by junior Devin Sardelli and assisted by senior Rory Olson and junior Jordan Johnson. Mandan made their strong lead even harder to overcome with two second period goals, making the score 7-1.
In the third period Sardelli and Olson worked together for another goal, which made the score a little closer and gave the Northstars a little bit of confidence that things would be OK. But four more Mandan goals in the period erased that little bit of confidence for the team and put them down 11-2 to end the game.
Schroetlin had another tough period to start later in the week against Jamestown. Jamestown scored four goals in the opening frame of the game and led 4-0, but for Schroetlin it might have been a bit of a confidence booster, allowing one less goal than he did against Mandan in the first period.
Schroetlin continued to improve, only allowing one goal in the second period, but what was more exciting was the fact that the Northstars made a bit of a small counter, scoring two goals in the period.
The Northstars’ first goal of the period was scored by Jakob Parisien and assisted by Hunter Steffen. The second goal was another Sardelli-Olson connection, the third for the duo in two games.