|12/13/2018 2:49:00 PM|
North Branch shines on the big stage
North Branch 5, Gentry Academy 2
Tucker Sachs had two goals and an assist and Joey Kirchner had two assists to lead the Vikings to a 5-2 win over the Gentry Academy Stars Tuesday, December 4 at TRIA Rink in St. Paul. Goalie Jake Turek stopped 26 of 28 shots to pick up the win.
Sachs scored the only goal of the first period, assisted by Cody Croal and Kirchner, to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Matt Courtright scored a power play goal at 9:45 of the second period, assisted by Sachs and Alex Langevin, to double the lead to 2-0. The Stars tied it up just 22 seconds later but Sachs scored his second goal of the game just 34 seconds after that, and the Vikings again led by two. Kirchner and Roger Thomas had the assists.
The Stars scored early in the third period to cut the lead to one. The score stayed that way will two minutes remained in the game, when Jake Richards scored, assisted by Andrew Osland, to give the Vikings a little breathing room at 4-2. Justin Sachs added an unassisted goal with 30 seconds left in the game to make the score 5-2.”Gentry is a hockey-based school,“ said Viking head coach Matt Cottingham. “They are very young, but well-coached by Joe Cullen. They play a good positional game, and after the game Joe told me that it was the best they had played so far this year.”
North Branch 4, Princeton 3 (O.T)
Cody Croal scored the winning goal on a breakaway at 5:59 of overtime to lead the Vikings to a 4-3 win over the Princeton Tigers last Thursday, December 6 at Princeton Ice Arena.
Joey Kirchner scored the only goal of the first period, assisted by Tucker Sachs, to put the Vikings up 1-0. In the second period, Princeton scored two straight goals to go up 2-1. But Croal scored at 13:22 to tie the game at 2-2. Kirchner picked up the assist. Alex Langevin scored for the Vikings halfway through the third period, with an assist going to Kirchner, to give the Vikings a 3-2 lead. It was Langevin’s first goal of the season. But the Tigers scored a few minutes later to tie the game and send it into overtime. And in overtime, Croal carried a puck through neutral ice into the Tiger zone, made the first defenseman miss, cut to the middle and, using the second defenseman as a screen, fired a shot over the goalie’s blocker into the upper left corner of the net to give the Vikings the victory.
Viking head coach Matt Cottingham said, “This was an important game for us. Princeton is a very good team. Their first line can put up some goals. We outplayed them in overtime, outshooting them 10-3. Cody Croal was the star of the game. He is really coming into his own and he’s only a sophomore. He’s playing like one of the top players in our section right now.”