November 27, 2019 at 2:47 p.m.
The Northern Lakes Lightning broke open a close game with four straight goals in the second period on their way to an 8-3 win over the Wildcat boys’ hockey team. The lack of a penalty kill for the Wildcats was the difference in this game, as the Lightning scored on six of nine power play opportunities. The game was the season opener for the Wildcats and was played at Chisago Lakes Arena last Friday, November 22.
The Lightning flashed right from the start, outshooting the Wildcats 22-5 in the first period and taking a two-goal lead. Ben Johnson scored an unassisted goal for the Wildcats one minute into the second period to cut the Northern Lakes lead to 2-1. The Lightning answered with four straight, including three on the power play, to lead 6-1 after two. Midway through the third period, Chase Mehlhorn scored an unassisted goal and Thomas Sargeant scored, assisted by Nicholas Overgaard, to cut the Northern Lakes lead to 6-3. But the Lightning added two more goals late in the third period to make the final 8-3.
The Lightning outshot the Wildcats 45-32 for the game. Only about half the game was played with both teams at full strength, with 11 penalties on the Wildcats and five on the Lightning.
The Wildcats are off until next Thursday, when they will take on the Monticello Magic at Moose Sherritt Arena in Monticello at 7 p.m.