Polars sidetrack Govs after Blees turnaround

Even though the Johnson Governors boys hockey team controlled the action throughout most of the game, the momentum changed in favor of the North High Polars in the second period at Polar Arena Tuesday, Dec. 9.

North was playing short-handed when Sam Blees picked up an errant puck in the neutral zone. The senior winger broke across the blue line, cut in on the goal and from inside the circle to the right of the Johnson net, he blistered a shot that caught the inside of the far left post. The tally at 11:10 of the second period knotted the score at 1-1.

The Polars went on to score two more goals for a 3-1 victory.

Shots on goal favored the Governors 30-24, and Johnson drew first blood when the puck squirted free from behind the Polars’ net and into a scrum in the goal mouth. From there Anthony Seeley slammed it home at 5:18 of the first period.

The opening goal stood up until Blees’ effort two-thirds through the second period.

The game-winner came when Blake Mahmood and Jake Kubiatowicz combined to spring Luke Kubiatowicz free at the Johnson blue line. The speedy center eluded a defender and cut to the inside of the circle to the left. He drilled the puck into the upper left corner at 14:59.

North put the 3-1 insurance tally on the board when a good charge up the ice paid off. Brett Lehman sizzled the back twines at 6:50 after passes from Joe Dahlberg and Nathan Rubbelke caught up with him.

The loss left the Governors at 4-1-1 while the win moved North to 2-1 in the early going of the season.

The Polars will next play a couple of 7:30 p.m. games at Polar Arena when they host Simley Thursday, Dec. 18 and Roseville Saturday, Dec. 20.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com.


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