1/16/2020 4:18:00 PM North Branch fails litmus test against section power Monticello
Monticello 3, North Branch 1 The highly anticipated section matchup between the Vikings and the Jeffrey Henrikson Show – a/k/a the Monticello Magic - was not much of a game for the first two periods. The Magic completely dominated the Vikings and the only thing that kept it close was the play of Viking goalie Jake Turek. Monticello’s Henrikson had a hat trick in a two-and-a-half-minute stretch early in the second period. The Vikings played a lot better in the third period but managed just one goal and lost to the Magic 3-1.
The game was anything but boring. Monticello outshot the Vikings 19-8 in the first period, 16-8 in the second period and shots were even at nine apiece in the third period. There were 15 penalties in the game, including seven each in the second and third periods. The game looked like it might get a lot chippier, but the referees kept a pretty good lid on it. A brawl nearly broke out with 16.9 seconds left in the game, but cooler heads prevailed before things got too out of hand. Two players for each team were given minors for roughing and Viking Cody Croal also received a ten-minute misconduct penalty. Since it was not a game misconduct, Croal will not miss any additional games.
Zach Larson broke up the shutout with a goal at 7:17 of the third period, assisted by Lawton Garin and Alex Langevin. Turek stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced. The only player he couldn’t solve was Henrikson. Hockey Hullaballoo The Vikings (11-4-0) welcome the Gentry Academy Stars tonight for a 7 p.m. matchup. They will head up to Princeton on Saturday for a 2 p.m. matiness versus the Tigers. And next Tuesday, January 21, they will travel to Pine City to take on the Dragons in another game that will have significant ramifications for section seeding. The game will get underway at 7 p.m.