North boys hockey team nabs win over section rival

North High senior goalie Malachy Zamacona (1) makes a save off the shot of Mounds View senior forward Zach Weber (8). The Polars jumped ahead 2-0 after one period of play at home Jan. 12. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High senior goalie Malachy Zamacona (1) makes a save off the shot of Mounds View senior forward Zach Weber (8). The Polars jumped ahead 2-0 after one period of play at home Jan. 12. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High junior forward Ryan Stokes (7) goes up against Mounds View junior defense Colin Baird (22) as the Polars lead in first period action 2-0 at home Jan. 12. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High junior forward Ryan Stokes (7) goes up against Mounds View junior defense Colin Baird (22) as the Polars lead in first period action 2-0 at home Jan. 12. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Victories have been tough to come by this season for the North High School boys hockey team but a visit from a Suburban East Conference squad provided the Polars a chance to add one to the win column. North made the most of the opportunity and took down the Mustangs from Mounds View High School.

Mounds View came to Polar Arena on Jan. 12 fresh off a victory three days earlier, but North prevented the Mustangs from building on any momentum. Two first-period goals and an early second-period tally helped North to a 4-3 victory.

The win, only North's second of the season, snapped a four-game losing streak and was the Polarsí (2-12) first against a section opponent. That could provide North the advantage over Mounds View (5-11-1) when it comes time to seeding for the section playoffs.

Joe Reubish provided the jumpstart that North needed when he opened the scoring 4:25 into the game. His even-strength marker came via an assist from Ryan Stokes.

That was just the beginning for Reubish, who made it 2-0 eight minutes later. Stokes picked up another assist on the score, as did Nathan Conroy.

Next to step up for the Polars was Kory Pilarski, whose goal 1:40 into the second period made it 3-0 for North. Noah Smith and Kyle Steiner provided the assists.

Mounds View made it 3-1 less than a minute later but that was the extent of the second-period scoring.

Pilarski restored the three-goal lead with his second of the game at 3:45 of the third. After that, North turned the game over to goaltender Malachy Zamacona, who made 23 third-period saves to preserve the victory. Zamacona finished with 51 saves.

—Brian Meyers

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