(Alexandria, MN) -- The Northstar Knights 18U Prep team kicked off year three this past weekend against Team North Dakota. The Knights won Saturday's game 6-3, before falling to North Dakota 5-4 on Sunday.
Saturday's first game of the year saw Team North Dakota score shorthanded in the first to take the lead. In the second, Cody Croal would score his first of the night on a breakaway, followed by a KJ Hjelm goal just over a minute later. North Dakota would score again midway through the second, but Owen Hanson would put the Knights on top for good. North Dakota would score once more in the third, but Blaise Miller netted two for insurance and to seal the win. Chris Brown got the win for the Knights with 23 saves on 26 shots. Kade Peterson had three assists, and Jeremy McDonald, Wes Griffin, Anthony Menghini, and Tyler Johnson all added assists.
Sunday's final game had North Dakota off to a hot start, as they scored the first three goals of the game. Reese Laubach would open the scoring for the Knights in the second period, followed up by a goal by Alexandria native Joe Westlund. North Dakota would go up two late in the second, but an Anthony Menghini goal 30 seconds later would keep the North Dakota lead to one. Jacob Napier would score shortly thereafter to tie it, but North Dakota would take the lead for good early in the third to take the win. Menghini, Napier and Laubach both had assists, as did Hayden Helgeson, Cody Croal, Kade Peterson, and Mitch Simmons. Logan Verpoort stopped 21 shots in the loss.
The Knights will play their next games this coming weekend at the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, starting the weekend off Friday morning against TRC Academy.