December 11, 2008

Stars open West Region with OT loss

Last week it was senior Riley Olson who was the North Stars unstoppable force. But come last Thursday’s opening West Region game at Dickinson, Hazen-Beulah junior Conor Borud was the immovable object. His hat trick forced the game into overtime, where Dickinson earned their first victory at 4-3.

"It’s kind of nice for the two of them (Olson and Borud) to have good games like that but we can’t rely on just those two," North Stars head coach Mark Schmitt said.

After easily defeating the Midgets in a preseason scrimmage Schmitt admits it appeared like the guys overlooked them at Thursday’s contest.

And it showed.

Dickinson’s John O’Brien scored the game’s first goal at 7:10. Just 66 seconds later Borud tied the game 1-1 with strong concentration. He streaked past Dickinson defenseman Ross Kovacs, who reached up to grab a floating puck but missed, and the H-B forward caught up to the play just in time to get the puck past Midgets goaltender Joel Otto.

Borud gave Hazen-Beulah a 2-1 lead 33 seconds into the second period and 15 seconds into a power-play opportunity off an assist from Brady Hillerud and Zach Morris.

"They (The team) have to be ready to play every game," Schmitt said. "We just needed a little more help than him tonight. It was one of those games we needed to go win."

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