Oct 15, 2023


The Saint Cloud Norsemen swept the Bismarck Bobcats in a hard fought battle through both games of the series on October 14-15 at the Saint Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex in Saint Cloud, Minn. STC held a 39-32. edge in shots on goal.

Game 1- In game one, the Norsemen opened up the floodgates early and put four goals on the scoresheet during the first stanza of play. Four different skaters would put Saint Cloud out in front. Michael Coleman (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Louis Wehmann (Wayzata, Minn.) would register their fourth goals of the season. Niklas Miller (Howell, Mich.) and Peyton Mithmuangneua (Aldergrove, B.C.) would add to that lead late in the period.

 Julian Beaumont got the Bobcats on the board with four minutes left in the first period. Beaumont would net his second goal of the game in the second period. Five minutes later Kade Kohanski would bring Bismarck within one to make the contest 4-3. 

Saint Cloud would get insurance in the third period as they lit the lamp two more times off the sticks of Lucca Munoz (Chicago, Ill) and Kyle Miller (San Jose, Calif.). Miller tallied his first goal of the season and his first in the North American Hockey League. STC would win the game by a final score of 6-3.

Between the pipes STC would play both Ryan Manzella (Eagan, Minn.) and Max Weilandt (Northbrook, Ill.) in net. Manzella turned away 12 of 17 shots on goal. Weilandt stopped all of the shots he faced in the contest (17 shots on goal). For Bismarck, Klayton Knapp would stop 33 of 39 total shots in 60:00 minutes of play.

Game 2- In game two, the Norsemen would score the only goal of the contest as Hagen Moe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) found the back of the net with ten minutes remaining in the first period (10:22). Hudson Blue (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Keaton Orrey (Eagan, Minn.) each would register an assist on Moe’s goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Ryan Manzella (Eagan, Minn.) secured the shutout, turning aside 31 shots. Klayton Knapp stopped 24 of 25 shots by Norsemen skaters in the loss.

Dain Solberg, Freelance Writer

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