12/27/2018 2:52:00 PM Turek helps North Branch steal a win from St. Michael-Albertville
North Branch 4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1 Vikings’ leading scorer Cody Croal continued to do what he does best, scoring two goals to lead the Vikings over the Sauk-Rapids-Rice Storm 4-1 Tuesday, December 18 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Vikings outshot the Storm 34-24 for the game and Viking goalie Jake Turek stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced to pick up the win.
Croal scored an unassisted power play goal at 12:17 of the first period to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. Sauk Rapids tied it up with a power play goal of their own about seven minutes into the second period. Dawson Johnson scored for the Vikings about four minutes later to put the Vikings up 2-1, assisted by Jake Richards and Roger Thomas. Croal scored another unassisted goal with just four seconds left in the period to put the Vikings up 3-1. The Vikings held off the Storm through the third period. Richards scored an empty-netter at 15:36 to seal the win. Johnson and Justin Sachs picked up the assists.
North Branch 4, St. Michael-Albertville 3 (O.T.) Dawson Johnson scored 3:15 into overtime, assisted by Matt Courtright, to give the Vikings a 4-3 win over the St. Michael-Albertville Knights Thursday. December 20 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Knights outshot the Vikings 57-32 for the game. Viking goalie Jake Turek kept his team in the game with an incredible performance, stopping 54 of the 57 shots he faced. Cody Croal extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with an unassisted goal midway through the first period to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. The Knights tied it up just over seven minutes into the second period. The Vikings took advantage of a power play late in the second period as Jake Richards scored at 15:16 to give the Vikings a 2-1 lead. Croal and Courtright picked up the assists.
The Knights scored at 10:23 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. It looked like the Vikings might have the game-winner when Jake Richards scored an unassisted goal with two minutes left in the game to put the Vikings up by 0ne. But the Knights tied it a minute later to send the game to overtime to set up Johnson’s heroics. Hockey Hullaballoo The Vikings will play in a tournament this Thursday-Saturday at Exchange Arena in Little Falls. The four teams participating in the tournament are the Vikings, Little Falls, Sheyenne (West Fargo) and Willmar. Call Exchange Arena at (320) 632-4034 for more information on game times.