This week just the NA3HL team was in action. The group faced teams around the county in the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine. This week served as a heat check for this group and they went 1-2. Head Coach Daryl Locke talked about each game. If this team makes some changes they could see one of the these teams in the Fraser Cup later on in 20222. The NAHL side was idle.
The Rochester Grizzlies are a good team. There’s a reason why they’re ranked number 1 in all of Tier 3 Junior Hockey. They’re well coached and well disciplined. We knew coming into the game we had to limit our mistakes and capitalize on theirs. I thought D’Mar McCoy kept us on an even keel during the first five minutes as we were adjusting to the pace of the game. Tyler Ramm had a nice goal and was a presence around the net all night. His line with Caiden Hess and our Captain Nick Wracker were fast and physical all night. I was happy for Cody Lambert scoring a goal tonight. He’s played defense for us the last two games because of injuries and was back with his line mates contributing in a big way. What can I say about Braeden Kennedy other than the kid is nails. He’s tough, competes all over the ice, and never gives up on a play. He was coming to the bench for a change when Matt Nuzzolilo shot the puck around the boards. He caught up to it slowed down and made a couple of moves and the puck slid through the goalies legs. What an exciting game. The streak lives on for another day.
Game One Box Score
Rochester Grizzlies 2 at Northeast Generals 3 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Monday, December 20, 2021 – NSC SR 1
Rochester 1 0 1 0 – 2
Northeast 1 1 0 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Rochester, Meers 9 (Roitman, Liffrig), 2:02 (PP). 2, Northeast, Ramm 8 (Wracker, Solokhin), 15:32. Penalties-Murphy Net (hooking-minor), 0:33; Laurila Roc (hooking-minor), 5:16; Felix Net (high sticking-minor), 19:57.
2nd Period-3, Northeast, Lambert 5 (Felix, Gorman), 3:26. Penalties-Wilhelm Roc (holding-minor), 6:53.
3rd Period-4, Rochester, Liffrig 7 (Laurila, Roitman), 9:24. Penalties-Meers Roc (slashing-minor), 6:16; Gibson Roc (interference-minor), 8:42; Wracker Net (roughing-minor), 8:42.
OT Period-5, Northeast, Kennedy 10 (Nuzzolilo, Mulligan), 1:02. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Rochester 12-11-9-0-32. Northeast 3-14-12-1-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 1 / 0; Northeast 0 / 0.
Goalies-Rochester, Bents 5-0-1-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Northeast, McCoy 12-2-0-0 (32 shots-30 saves).
“I knew today’s game was going to be a tight checking affair. Both teams are pretty similar in their approach. I thought they had a little more jump in their game than we did in the first ten minutes of the game. Mason Joseph kept us in the game with some nice saves in the first period. Unfortunately, his nagging lower body injury took him out of the game in the second period. D’Mar had to step in cold and did a good job. Penalties played a major role in the game as we lost our focus and gave them a couple five on three situations. When your constantly on the penalty kill you start chasing the game. I have to do a better job of keeping the boys focused on the game. What I liked about the game for us as a team is our compete level. The boys never gave up at any point. Being the youngest team in the NA3HL it would’ve been easy for them to dial it down a notch. The boys did the exact opposite and for that I’m most proud of them. We’ll be back at it tomorrow and hopefully start a new streak.”
Game two box score
Northeast Generals 2 at Mason City Toros 5 – Status: Final
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – NSC SR 5
Northeast 0 1 1 – 2
Mason City 1 1 3 – 5
1st Period-1, Mason City, Isogai 17 (Campion, Sloth), 19:17 (PP). Penalties-Demoura Net (high sticking-minor), 1:45; Adams Mct (roughing-minor), 13:06; Murphy Net (hooking-minor), 13:50; McNamee Net (roughing-minor), 15:28; Mulligan Net (hooking-minor), 18:05; Nuzzolilo Net (tripping-minor), 19:00.
2nd Period-2, Northeast, Felix 13 (Demoura, McNamee), 0:44 (SH). 3, Mason City, Larsen 2 (Newpower, Tok), 14:10. Penalties-Tok Mct (holding-minor), 5:51; Hedland Mct (slashing-minor, slashing-minor), 7:29; Staudacher Mct (tripping-minor), 10:32; Levis Mct (roughing-minor), 17:06.
3rd Period-4, Mason City, Campion 21 (Sloth), 4:08 (PP). 5, Northeast, Nuzzolilo 10 (Murphy), 7:29. 6, Mason City, Sloth 4 (Isogai), 18:58 (EN). 7, Mason City, Larsen 1 (Gilleshammer, Kaspar), 19:59. Penalties-Lambert Net (checking from behind-major, checking from behind-gm), 1:49; Demoura Net (high sticking-double minor), 2:49; Hedland Mct (hooking-minor), 7:57; Hess Net (roughing-double minor, unsportsmanlike conduct – 10 minute), 15:45; Levis Mct (roughing-double minor), 15:45; McCreadie Net (tripping-minor), 19:29; Sinople Net (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor), 19:29; Levis Mct (unsportsmanlike conduct – 10 minute), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Northeast 11-5-8-24. Mason City 14-11-14-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 0; Mason City 2 / 0.
Goalies-Northeast, Joseph 10-0-0-0 (20 shots-19 saves); McCoy 12-2-0-0 (18 shots-15 saves). Mason City, Chaffe 8-2-1-0 (24 shots-22 saves).
Game three recap
“I’m disappointed at our effort to say the least. Playing on the big stage against the best teams in the league you need to bring your best every shift of every game. We certainly didn’t do that. We waited until the last eight minutes of the game before we woke up and by that time the game was pretty much over. From an organization standpoint we’ll be making some additions and subtractions from the roster after the break. This week was a good test for us. This showcase opened our eyes as far as player personnel and what we have to do as an organization to make a deep run in the playoffs. Changes are coming…..”
Game three box score
Northeast Generals 2 at Texas RoadRunners 6 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 – NSC SR 4
Northeast 0 2 0 – 2
Texas RoadRunners 1 2 3 – 6
1st Period-1, Texas RoadRunners, Edestrand 10 (Boutin, Portlock), 5:22. Penalties-Gorman Net (roughing-double minor), 13:05; Portlock Trr (roughing-double minor), 13:05.
2nd Period-2, Northeast, Ramm 9 (Wracker), 1:10. 3, Texas RoadRunners, Herron 10 (Bourdon, Love), 4:36. 4, Texas RoadRunners, Ketterman 9 (Geralnik), 5:23. 5, Northeast, Felix 14 (Savoie, Sinople), 8:12. Penalties-DeMoura Net (cross checking-minor), 14:36; Marsico Trr (kneeing-minor), 17:37.
3rd Period-6, Texas RoadRunners, Geralnik 6 (Ketterman, Bourdon), 5:10 (PP). 7, Texas RoadRunners, Love 19 (Herron, Sodoma), 5:19. 8, Texas RoadRunners, Geralnik 7 (Ketterman, Marsico ), 16:11. Penalties-DeMoura Net (high sticking-minor), 3:50; Motz Trr (boarding-minor), 5:57.
Shots on Goal-Northeast 10-16-11-37. Texas RoadRunners 11-10-10-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Northeast 0 / 3; Texas RoadRunners 1 / 3.
Goalies-Northeast, McCoy 12-2-0-0 (31 shots-25 saves). Texas RoadRunners, Hein 10-1-0-1 (37 shots-35 saves).