|1/14/2022 12:53:00 PM|
Stars win three of four
Princeton 2, Northern Edge 1
Having lost to the Stars 6-3 just eight days earlier, the Princeton Tigers turned the tables and beat the Stars 2-1 Thursday, January 6 at Princeton Ice Arena. The Tigers scored twice in the first period. They held the Stars off the scoreboard until just 43 seconds remained in the game, when Ben Baumgardt scored an unassisted goal to cut the Princeton lead to 2-1. But the Tigers killed off the remaining seconds to seal the win. Shots were nearly even, with Princeton having a 23-22 edge.
Northern Edge 10, St. Paul Highland Park 2
The Stars’ 10-2 win over the St. Paul Highland Park Scots last Saturday, January 8 is in the range of a blowout. But the Stars needed a key shorthanded goal by Alex Langevin to stop a momentum shift to the Scots in the second period before the Stars went on to score several more times to make it look like an easy win.
The Stars scored three even-strength goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. Trevor Ripley scored midway through the period, assisted by Langevin and Weston Sabby. With about four minutes to go in the period, Owen DuBois intercepted a Scots clearing attempt in the right circle and one-timed it just inside the right post to make it 2-0. Just over a minute later Sabby scored, assisted by Ripley and Langevin, to make it 3-0. When Cam Husby scored 52 seconds into the second period, it looked like it would be an easy win for the Stars. Carson Thorsen picked up the assist on Husby’s goal. Just after the halfway point, Ripley scored, assisted by Owen Young and Isaiah Scarborough, to make it 5-0.
But then the momentum started to shift. The referees missed a boarding penalty against the Stars at the 10:15 mark of the period, which would have given Highland Park a five-minute power play. But the Scots scored two goals in the next 40 seconds of play anyway to cut the Star lead to 5-2. At 11:18, the Stars took an elbowing penalty. With just 8 seconds left in that penalty, they were called for a questionable boarding penalty, perhaps to make up for the boarding penalty that was missed earlier in the period.
Now, The Scots had a chance to get back in the game with a five -minute power play and the momentum on their side. They held the puck in the zone for the first 30 seconds of the power play. But the Ripley tapped the puck to Langevin at the Stars’ blue line and Langevin streaked down the center of the ice, outraced two hacking Scots’ defensemen, and fired a point-blank shot past the Highland Park goalie to make it 6-2. Just over a minute later, Gavin Reintjes and DuBois went into the Highland Park zone two-on-one. Reintjes got the goalie to commit to the right and sent a pass across to DuBois, who buried it in the open left side of the net. Tyler Iacono also picked up an assist. The Stars second shorthanded goal on the same power play had made it 7-2, the momentum had completely shifted back to the Stars, and the game could now – officially – be called a blowout.
The Stars added three more goals in the third period, all in the last seven minutes. DuBois scored, with the assisted going to Reintjes; DuBois then assisted on Thorsen’s goal; and Lavonte Fisher scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Langevin, to put the Stars into double-digits.
The Stars (4-7-1) seem to be heating up, having won three of their past four games. They will host the Becker/Big Lake Eagles tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at East Bethel Arena.