Isotopes win big, 15-4. In the openers for both squads, the Isotopes dominated the North Metro Nordiques by a score of 15-4. The Minnesota faction of the IBLA has begun its season. The Nordiques seemed to be out of sorts and couldn’t generate much if any, offense.
When a team has a long scoring drought, logic dictates they will have a long night. That was certainly the case in this encounter. Neither team could muster much momentum. The first period yielded only two tallies with Clay Diedrich (4g,2a) notching both to give the Isotopes a 2-0 lead. Diedrich set up Will Lawson (2g,2a) with just :33 played to push it to a 3-0 score.
After going scoreless for the first 21:33, the Nordiques got on the board off a Craig Bunker (2g) lamplighter. Egan Mills (3g,1a) countered with goals at 4:32 and 5:52 to pad the lead to 5-1. Bunker added his second but the Isotopes took total control with a wild nine-goal frenzy with the first five coming in the second period.
Lawson. Diedrich, Kevin Seeling (2g,1a), Will Plummer (2a) setting up Mills for his hat trick and Evan McNally (1g,3a) did the damage and ended the middle 20:00 with a 10-2 Isotope lead. Will Forrestal (2g 1a) with a pair followed by singles from Seeling and Diedrich off a Will Lawson set up stretched it to a 14-2 edge. Finally, after 27:48, Aspen Lonetree (1g) ended the uprising but Lawson matched just twenty-one seconds later. Will Harris (1g) with :27 to play, got it to the 15-4 final. Isotopes win big.