Girls hockey: Rebels calm Storm

Moose Lake Area is next scheduled to play Princeton Thursday, Nov. 14

Moose Lake Area seventh grader Sandra Ribich takes a shot for a goal in front of North Shore's Megan Maxey on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Silver Bay's Rukavina Arena. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)

Moose Lake Area seventh grader Sandra Ribich scored two goals and recorded two assists in the Rebels' 4-1 win over North Shore on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Silver Bay.

Ribich scored in each of the first two periods and led MLA to a 4-0 lead, with eighth grader Gracie Hartl and senior Jamie Benzie scoring the other Rebel goals.

Moose Lake Area's Jamie Benzie gets to a loose puck to score past North Shore goaltender Harper Powell on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Silver Bay's Rukavina Arena. (Dave Harwig / Pine Journal)

Goalie Jo Wekseth made 28 saves, but North Shore senior Sydney Haugan put a puck past her late in the third period to break up the shut out.


MLA (1-1) has eight players on the team in seventh or eighth grades who played on the 12-U state championship team last winter. The Rebels have a lot of incoming talent and added depth this season, but the team will have some growing pains as younger players adjust to the varsity level.

The Rebels are next scheduled to play at Princeton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Moose Lake Area 1-2-1—4
North Shore 0-0-1—1

First period — 1. MLA, Sandra Ribich, 3:53.

Second period — 2. MLA, Gracie Hartl (Megan Hattenberger, Ribich), 5:45; 3. MLA, Ribich (Hattenberger), 6:03.

Third period — 4. MLA, Jamie Benzie (Lexi Bonneville, Ribich), 3:59; 5. NS, Haugan, 15:52.

Saves — Jo Wekseth, MLA, 28; Harper Powell, NS, 20.


Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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