|3/12/2021 1:58:00 PM|
Outside of Princeton game, NB's offense runs dry
Cambridge-Isanti 6, North Branch 2
The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets outshot the Vikings 35-12 in the first two periods to build a 4-1 lead and went on to beat the Vikings 6-2 Tuesday, March 2 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Bluejackets outshot the Vikings 46-30 for the game. Lawton Garin scored both goals for the Vikings. His goal midway through the first period cut the Cambridge lead to 2-1, with the assists going to Joey Kerchner and Zak Rindahl. Garin scored again early in the third period to cut the lead to 4-2, assisted by Kerchner and Ryan Coleman. But the Bluejackets scored twice later in the period to put the game out of reach.
Faribault 8, North Branch 2
The Vikings had a rough time at the Faribault Ice Arena Thursday, March 4. They allowed three goals in the game’s first six minutes and went on to lose 8-2 to the Faribault Falcons. The Falcons outshot the Vikings just 30-27 for the game. Josh Iverson scored for the Vikings with three minutes to go in the game to spoil the shutout, assisted by Jordan Axberg. Tucker Sachs added an unassisted goal a minute later.
North Branch 6, Princeton 3
Tucker Sachs and Alex Langevin scored two goals each to lead the Vikings to a 6-3 win over the Princeton Tigers Saturday, March 6 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Tigers outshot the Vikings 35-32 for the game. Viking goalie Luke Opdahl stopped 32 of 35 shots to pick up the win.
Sachs scored the game’s first goal five minutes into the first period, assisted by Ryan Coleman and Lawton Garin. With two minutes left in the period, Nick Sinn scored his first career goal, assisted by Zak Rindahl, to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead. After Princeton scored early in the second period to cut the Viking lead to 2-1, Isaiah Stokes scored at the halfway point of the period to extend the Viking lead to 3-1. Christian MacMillan picked up the lone assist. The Tigers scored three minutes later to cut the lead back to one goal.
Sachs scored his second goal of the game at 6:22 of the third period, assisted by Garin and Jordan Axberg, to give the Vikings their third two-goal lead of the game at 4-2. Langevin scored an unassisted power play goal with five minutes to go in the game to make it 5-2. Princeton scored at 15:22 to cut the Viking lead back to two at 5-3. But Langevin sealed the win with an empty-net goal just 32 seconds later. Garin and Coleman got the assists.
Cambridge-Isanti 7, North Branch 1
The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets beat the Vikings for the second time in less than a week, crushing the Vikings 7-1 Monday, March 8 at Isanti Ice Arena. The Bluejackets outshot the Vikings 47-26 for the game. Christian MacMillan scored the Vikings’ lone goal early in the third period, assisted by Tucker Sachs and Lawton Garin.
Tucker Sachs is tied for sixth in the state with 24 goals.
The Vikings (6-9-1 overall, 6-6-1 conference)) will finish the season on the road. They will head to Sauk Rapids Arena to take on the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm (5-7-2) tonight at 6 p.m. And on Saturday, the Vikings will take on the conference-leading Monticello Magic (9-6-1 overall, 9-2-1 conference) at 5 p.m. at Moose Sherritt Ice Arena.