North Stars rally over Norskies to run win streak to a dozen

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – The Thunder Bay North Stars rallied from a third period deficit by scoring twice in the frame to defeat the Thief River Falls Norskies 3-2 Saturday to extend their Superior International Junior Hockey League winning streak to a dozen games in front of 1,196 fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Thunder Bay picked up the lone tally of the opening 20 minutes as rookie forward Keighan Gerrie collected his 22nd goal of the season 12:39 into the contest.

Thief River Falls got that back with just 35 seconds left in the first as Blair Lindholm provided his 12th goal of the campaign.

A second period power play helped the Norskies go in front as Cody Aarvig collected his 11th of the campaign eight and a half minutes into the session.

Jake Behse drew the North Stars level 7:45 into the third before Jake Behse set-up Ryan Mignault for the game-winner with 6:35 remaining in regulation.

Thunder Bay netminder Brandon Bodnar did the rest as he continued his stellar play to win his ninth straight start and help the North Stars run their team winning streak to 12 in succession.

Bodnar made 24 stops in earning the decision while Jackson Nelson faced 31 shots in defeat for Thief River Falls.

Owen Belisle dished out two assists for the winners.