Breezy Point North Stars 5 vs. New Ulm Steel 4 (SO) - Friday night, Ryan Higgins scored in a shootout to give the Breezy Point North Stars a 5-4 victory over the New Ulm Steel. Steven Kukla, Dan Wieber, Tristyn Sabina, and Higgins scored in regulation for the North Stars, and Dylan Leivermann, Nicholas Campbell, and Luc Kreuser (2) notched goals for the Steel. In net, Breezy Point goalie Bronson Moore made 31 saves, and Nathan Siclovan made 25 stops for New Ulm.
North Stars' NA3HL Showcase opponents
After a road series split with the La Crosse Freeze, the Western Division front running North Stars, are looking forward to the NA3HL Showcase.
Game one has the North Stars facing off against the only undefeated team in the NA3HL, the Eastern Division leading Metro Jets. The Jets carry a 25-0 record, heading in the showcase. This will be a good match up for game one, as both teams have very high flying offensive attacks and solid goaltending. Game time is slated for a 10:15am Friday puck drop.
Game two has the Stars taking on the leaders from the Southern Division, the Texas Jr. Brahmas. Texas has a record of 19-2. Puck drop for that match up will be Saturday at 6:30pm.
Game three will be the final showcase game for the Stars, as they will take on the Northeastern Division leading Binghampton Jr. Senators. The Sens will come into the Showcase, with an impressive record of 25-1-0-1. They'll bring a new look division to the NA3HL and some offensive power. Puck drop for the final contest will be on Sunday at 12:30pm.
Your next Breezy Point North Stars Home game will be December 30th, as the Stars take on the New Ulm Steel, at the Breezy Point Sports Center. Don't forget to email ahead for your tickets, as they are moving fast.
West Star of the Week: Christian Lenzmeier - Breezy Point North Stars
With a four-point performance over the weekend, Christian Lenzmeier rallied the North Stars through two games. The West Fargo, ND native was a +3 through the weekend and registered a power play goal on Sunday. “CJ is now playing as one of our top forwards every night for the past couple weeks and deservedly so. This past weekend CJ played out of his bubble becoming a game changer every shift,” said Head Coach Jon Jonasson.
Coming off a hard fought 5-4 loss to Granite City on Wednesday night, the Breezy Point North Stars showed their resilience, with a commanding win over the New Ulm Steel. Saturday, it was Teddy Bear toss for charity night and in front of a crowd of over 600 teddy bear armed fans, the Stars didn’t disappoint. The North Stars established a strong lead to secure a 7-1 win over the New Ulm Steel. Christian Lenzmeier tallied first, continuing his hot streak. AJ Hoyt notched his first goal of the season, also adding an assist. Captain Nick Blanchette, added 2 goals on the night and Kass Dvorak came knocking next, with his first and second of the season. To round out the rest of the scoring, rookie Ryan Higgins added his 4th of the season. Magnus Lindhe stood tall between the pipes, as he stopped 25 of 26 shots, to cap off the victory. Tim O’Connor scored one and goalie Nathan Siclovan made 39 saves for New Ulm.
Stars of the game were Nick Blanchette and Kass Dvorak.
Saturday night saw two Blizzards, roll in to Breezy Point. The first was a 16 inch dumping of snow. The second, was the second meeting between the North Stars and the Alexandria Blizzard. The Stars came out of the gates fast, in front of a crowd of about 400 snow drift battling fans. North Stars scored two in the first period of play, off the sticks of Alex Flicek and Matt Krasny, with assists going to Nick Blanchette, Tyler Larwood and Flicek. The second period was all Stars, as Blanchette, Cody Butcher and Wyatt Stotts all tallied goals, while Stotts and Higgins assisted on Blanchette’s and Flicek, assisted on Butcher’s goal, to round out period. In the 3rd period, the Blizzard tried a comeback. They scored two goals, but that’s all they would put together, as the North Stars’ Magnus Lindhe (33 of35 saves) stayed strong in goal, for the rest of the game.
The win for North Stars, has the streak at 10 wins, going into Granite City next Wednesday.
Breezy Sweeps on the weekend!!!
Breezy Point North Stars 4 vs. Granite City Lumberjacks 3 (SO)-A late goal in the third from the Granite City Lumberjacks sent this match into extra minutes, and eventually a shootout, where 10 rounds passed before Ryan Higgins scored for the Breezy Point North Stars, giving them the 4-3 SO win. Nick Blanchette also scored in the shootout and Cody Butcher, Drake Hill and Tristyn Sabina earned points in regulation for Breezy Point. For Granite City, Braden Altena, Ryan Smith, and Owen Sikich scored in regulation, and Altena notched one in the shootout. North Star goalie Bronson Moore made 42 saves on the night, and Mac Berglove made 46 stops for the Lumberjacks
Breezy Point North Stars 5 vs. New Ulm Steel 2-The New Ulm Steel scored the first two goals, but five unanswered goals from the Breezy Point North Stars gave them the 5-2 win. Christian Lenzmeier (2), Wyatt Stotts, Alex Flicek, and Cyril Nagurski scored for the North Stars, and Cory Martinez and Sam Wenner each netted one for the Steel. Between the pipes, Magnus Lindhe made 28 saves for Breezy Point, and Nathan Siclovan stopped 35 shots on the New Ulm net.
Breezy Point North Stars 10 vs. Willmar War Hawks 6- A busy third period, was needed for the visiting Breezy Point North Stars, as it propelled them to a 10-6 win over the Willmar War Hawks. Steven Kukla, Tyler Larwood, Nikolas Boyer each with two goals on the night, as Wyatt Stotts, Josh Laven, Tristyn Sabina, and Christian Lenzmeier, also rounded out the scoring for the North Star. Gabe Gauer, Dylan Gast (2), Kyle Wendorf (2), and Jordan Cooper scored for the War Hawks. In the nets, Sam Moberg and Magnus Lindhe combined for 36 saves for Breezy Point, and Jacob Anderson stopped 30 shots on the Willmar net.
Forward Tyler Larwood led Breezy Point to victory on Friday night, grabbing three points in the North Stars’ road victory in Rochester. The Amherst, NY native found the back of the net during the power play, and tacked on two assists in his +1 performance. “Tyler Larwood has been playing with an edge lately that makes him a hard player to play against. When Larwood is on the ice right now, something positive is bound to go his way because of his persistent work ethic,” said Head Coach Jon Jonasson.
Goalie, Sam Moberg of St. Paul Johnson, was also listed as Western Division Honorable Mention.
The Breezy Point North Stars took the road, Friday night to take on the Rochester Ice Hawks, for their lone game of the weekend. The game started with a slow pace, as the both teams went scoreless in the first period. The North Stars outshot the Hawks, but Hawks goalie Bailey Schmitz, kept the Stars off the board, making 15 saves to keep the game at zeros.
Second period, the Stars capitalized on the Power Play, on Steven Kuklas 10th goal of the season, with assists coming from Tyler Larwood and Andrew Heckaman. North Stars continued to pressure the Hawks netminder, but the score stayed 1-0 to finish the period and Stars’ goal keeper, Sam Moberg continued his shutout play to close out the period.
With the 3rd period rolling the Stars got on the board again, with a shot from Defenseman Wyatt Stotts ripper form the point and assists going to Larwood and Josh Maucieri. With a shorthanded goal, coming the from the Hawks, the North Stars answered back with another Power play goal, coming off a slick back door bomb, from Tyler Larwood. Maucieri and Austin Langworthy would assist on the goal, making the score 3-1. The Stars would get a late full ice empty net goal, off the stick of Andrew Heckaman, with the assist going to Michael Behl. Sam Moberg would continue his solid play in net, to keep the game at 4-1, also making a total 25 saves, on the night and to seal the win for the North Stars.
The win moves the Stars to a record of 12-3-0-1 and holding the top spot, in the Western Division Standings.
It was an exciting weekend of hockey in both Breezy Point and St. Cloud. The Stars and the Lumberjacks battled it out this past Friday and Saturday in two, nail-biter games. The North Stars came out victorious on Friday with a score of 4-3 in front of an entertained crowd at the Breezy Point Hockey Center in Breezy Point Minnesota. The following night, another fast paced, back and forth gamed ended at the end of overtime with the North Stars netting the winner in an intense, 3 on 3 overtime battle. This is the first time the up and coming North Stars have swept Granite City. Exciting hockey.
The North Stars are on the road this upcoming weekend against the Rochester Ice Hawks.