The Northstar Christian Academy 18U team kicked off a seven-game homestand with a pair of wins over the Minnesota Blades.
After a 5-2 win at the Runestone Community Center on Saturday night, the Knights showcased their offensive firepower on Sunday in an 11-2 victory. Cody Coral, Dylan Cook and Reese Laubach each had five points on the day. Hayden Helgeson tallied a goal and an assist while Calvin and Owen Hanson had multi-point games. Logan Verpoort made 20 saves in the win.
On Saturday, the Coral-Cook-Laubach connection struck several times. Coral and Laubach made it 2-0 Knights before Owen Hanson extended the lead to three. After the Blades got one back, Joe Westlund regained the three-goal lead before Helgeson put home an empty-netter. Chris Brown made 18 saves to get the win.
Napier commits to Western Michigan
Defenseman Jacob Napier became the first active Northstar Christian Academy hockey player to commit to playing at the college level last Friday. Napier will be attending Western Michigan University.
“I’m proud to announce my commitment to play Division I hockey at Western Michigan University,” Napier said in a release. “Thank you to God, family, coaches and friends who have helped me along the way.”
Napier is in his second year with Northstar. Last season, he registered 12 goals and 23 assists, good for second among defensemen and seventh overall in team scoring. In 19 games this season, Napier has eight goals and 14 assists, including a goal against the Blades on Sunday. Napier also is among the leaders for scoring in the NAPHL, with five goals and nine assists in 11 games. That is good for fourth overall in the league and first for defensemen.
“Having known the Napier family for several years, I am not surprised by the success that Jacob has had here at Northstar,” hockey director Rick Randazzo said in a release. Arriving as a 16-year-old, he has grown not only in his game but also in his journey to becoming a Godly man. We all believe Western Michigan will continue to develop Jacob into the hockey player and man that God has designed him to be.”
“Jacob has played an integral part in the success of our program over the last two seasons,” Head Coach John Olver said in a release. “His commitment to self-improvement, in all aspects of his life, has been exemplary. He has exceeded the standards of what it means to be a Northstar Knight athletically, academically and spiritually. We are excited for Jacob and for the opportunity to watch him continue to blossom as a hockey player and as a Godly man.”
16s split with the Blades
The Northstar 16U team came away with a home-series split against the Minnesota Blades to kick off its four-game homestand.
On Sunday, the Knights trailed 2-0 seven minutes into the contest before Kaleb Pitman buried a short-handed goal. The Blades answered early in the second before Pitman scored his second of the game.
After the Blades regained the two-goal advantage, Pitman assisted on Alder Johnston’s goal. However, it was too late. The Blades took home the weekend finale 5-3. Beck Linden made 36 saves in goal.
On Saturday, it was Northstar goaltender CJ Kier who came up big. Nathan Huntington and Jaxon Grosdidier gave Northstar a 2-0 lead before Nate Ferell and Pitman scored late in the second to make it 4-0. The Knights went on to win 4-2 behind Kier’s 45 saves.