February 26, 2009

Leaving it all on the ice

The Hazen-Beulah boys’ hockey team set out early in the season with a goal to advance to the West Region Tournament, avoiding the play-in game that plagued their advancement the past few years. After they had achieved that with the defeat of Dickinson Feb. 12, the North Stars final season game against Minot slipped off the radar, ending in a 9-2 loss.

But the atmosphere was completely different less than seven days later as Minot and the North Stars were matched up again in the opening day of the West Region Tournament Thursday.

The North Stars spent most of the first period defending their own zone as Minot had a 20-7 edge in shots. And it was Magician Cody Pardon who found the back of the net first with a goal at 1:27. H-B then went to their top scorer as Riley Olson added a goal from Kerby Duewel at 3:13. The first period ended with a 1-1 score but it was just a prelude of what was to come.

Olson was loose on a breakaway as Duewel again hit his teammate for the assist 32 seconds into the second period for the 2-1 North Stars lead.

Pulling even the defensemen to come along on the attack, Conor Borud put in the rebound from Dillan Folkerts at 3:11.

Minot called timeout to regroup but there was plenty of time remaining. Brett Fiddler proved just that as he tipped in a shot by Cliff Butler at 6:03. The North Stars killed off one interference penalty but with 8 seconds remaining in the second offense, Ben Stremick popped in the rebound to tie 3-3.

Minot took a late penalty as the second period ended still tied but the North Stars opened the third period with 1:57 of a powerplay opportunity. Unfortunately, the situation proved more beneficial to the Magi as Bryce Schmitt scored a shorthanded goal, unassisted, 43 seconds into the third period to take a 4-3 Minot lead.

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