Nov 19, 2023


The St. Cloud Norsemen took on the Bismarck Bobcats for the second time this season on November 17-18 at VFW Sports Center. STC fell 5-4 (OT) and won 6-1.

A LOOK AT THE CENTRAL DIVISION- The Norsemen currently sit in third place two points behind the Austin Bruins and six games back from the league leading Minot Minotauros. 

GAME 1-  Bismarck struck first as Kai Dunits gave the Bobcats the lead at the 11:34 mark of the first period. The Norsemen would receive a goal from Branden Panzer (Grand Forks, N.D.) who netted his fourth of the year. Wyatt Wurst (Edina, Minn.) and Michael Coleman (Grand Forks, N.D.) were credited with the assists. Before the break, Kyle Doll would give Bismarck a 2-1 lead. Panzer would record his second goal of the game to bring the contest back to even as the third period began. In the third stanza of play Dunits and Tommy Cronin would make the score 4-2. In the final minutes of regulation STC responded with goals from Niklas Miller (Howell, Mich.) and Peyton Mithmuangneua (Aldergrove, B.C.). Lucca Munoz (Chicago, Ill.), Louis Wehmann (Plymouth, Minn.), Coleman and Wes Berg (Fort Myers, Fla.) all received helpers on the final two goals of the third period. In the extra frame the Bobcats found the back of the net first with a goal off the stick of Kade Kohanski just two minutes into the overtime period.

In net, Manzella (Eagan, Minn) would split time with goaltending partner Max Weilandt (Northbrook, Ill.). Manzella would turn aside 34 of 38 shots. Weilandt would not face any shots on net in the final 1:37 of action. For Bismarck, Stephen Peck would be credited the win as he stopped  34 of 38 shots on net. He would also split time with his goaltending partner in game one of the series as Klayton Knapp made one stop between the pipes.

GAME 2- It was all Norsemen as Saint Cloud scored four goals in the first two periods of play. Tyler Dysart (Sunnyvale, Calif.) would net the only goal of the first period. The assists came from Kim Sangyeob (Seoul, South Korea.) and Carter Bradley (St. Louis, MO.). In the second stanza of play,  Andrew Cumming (St. Cloud, Minn.) would light the lamp for the first goal of the period. Bismarck would get on the board as Tommy Cronin would find the back of the net for his second goal of the series. But it was Dysart who netted his second goal of the game. Kyle Miller (San Jose, Calif.) would put the insurance marker on the board to make the score 4-1 Norsemen going into the final period of play. Dysart would complete the hat trick as he scored one of two goals in the third period. Hagen Moe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) would tally his fifth goal of the season as he finished the scoring with a goal at the 8:53 mark of the third period.

In net, Weilandt would only let one goal against in 60 minutes of ice time. Knapp would turn away 28 of 34 Norsemen shots and would be credited with the loss.

UP NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE- St. Cloud will return home to face the North Iowa Bulls on Nov. 22 at the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex. Puck drop will take place at 7:00 P.M. (Central Time)

Dain Solberg, Freelance Writer

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