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Moorhead cruises past Lakeville North in Hockey for Life Classic

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine , 12/27/19, 11:45AM CST


Senior forward Michael Overbo scored four goals for the Spuds, while goalie Hudson Hodges made 31 saves in the shutout win.

Moorhead's Michael Overbo celebrates with teammate Kai Holm (5) after Overbo scored one of his four goals on Thursday against Lakeville North. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com

Four goals. One game.

When is the last time Michael Overbo had such a scoring splurge?

“Never,” Overbo, the Moorhead senior forward said without hesitation.

Gorgeous snipes and sick breakaway moves typically aren’t part of the 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward’s arsenal. Overbo doesn’t have a go-to celly. No, his game is more of a smash-and-grab affair, as in smashing opposing defenders into the plexiglass and grabbing the resulting loose pucks.

Moorhead senior Caden Triggs slams the puck underneath Lakeville North's Caleb Mayer for a second-period goal on Thursday. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com

First Report

Senior forward Michael Overbo scored four goals, matching his season output entering the game, and senior goaltender Hudson Hodges made 31 saves as Moorhead beat Lakeville North 6-0 on Friday in the second day of the Hockey For Life Classic tournament at Dakotah! Ice Center in Prior Lake.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Overbo, who had four goals in 10 games entering Friday’s matchup, scored all four of his goals against the Panthers off rebounds, with two coming in each of the second and third periods. His final goal, a long-range snipe from the slot, came with 17 seconds remaining and punctuated a dominating third-period performance for the unranked Spuds (8-2-1, 1-1-0).

Caden Triggs scored twice for Moorhead, including the opening goal when he jammed a loose puck underneath Lakeville North goaltender Caleb Mayer. The game was scoreless into the second period when Triggs scored 2:57 into the stanza.

The victory was the second in as many days for Moorhead, which beat Edina 3-2 in overtime in the opening round of the three-day, eight-team, round robin event.

Unranked Lakeville North (6-3-1, 2-1-1) had several good scoring chances but Hodges, one of the state’s premiere goaltenders, had little trouble making the initial saves and had plenty of help from his defensive corps snuffing out second-chance opportunities.

Mayer finished with 29 saves for the Panthers, who were coming off Thursday’s 7-1 rout of Totino-Grace.

Moorhead's Michael Overbo, right, scored one of his four goals over an outstretched Lakeville North goaltender Caleb Mayer on Thursday. Photo by Loren Nelson, LegacyHockeyPhotography.com

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