CEC shuts out North Shore, 11-0
December 6, 2019
Comprised of girls from Two Harbors, Silver Bay and other areas along the north shore of Lake Superior, the North Shore girls hockey team is known as "the Storm." On Tuesday night the Lumberjacks provided their own storm of sorts by beating North Shore 11-0 behind the hat trick of senior forward Kiana Bender.
"We had 11 goals from nine different players tonight," said Cloquet-Esko-Carlton coach Courtney Olin following the game. "Kiana is a great competitor and the type of athlete that sets the tone."
The 'Jacks wasted little time gaining the upper hand on the Storm as CEC bolted out to a 5-0 lead after the first period. Bender had two goals in the period with Jenna Zdebski, Jaxie Pogorelc and Frankie Halverson also scoring for the Lumberjacks.
"It was great to see some players capitalize on their opportunities," said Olin. "I was really proud of our effort top to bottom in the lineup."
Second period action saw Marina Dostal, Dea DeLeon and Emmie Ellena all light the lamp as the 'Jacks built their lead to 8-0.
"One of our focuses this season has been producing more shots and continuing to create traffic in front of the net," explained Olin. "It has been fun to see us shoot the puck more and the offensive opportunities those shots have led to."
It is obvious that this year's version of the Lumberjacks have bought into Olin's thinking as they poured 41 shots on Storm goaltender Megan Larson, who made 30 saves. CEC goalie Lauren Maslowski finished with 10 saves to pick up the shutout.
The third period saw more of the same from CEC as Taylor Nelson, Dostal and Bender closed out the scoring while the game was in running time.
While Olin is happy with how the team is playing now, her emphasis is making sure the team is building for the end of the season and the playoffs in February.
"We are happy with how our season has started, but we want to continue to build upon these wins and keep on improving," Olin said. "I think we need to continue to clean up our defensive end and improve on our finishing."