Cody Croal Scores the Hat Trick in Vikings Season Opener

November 25, 2019

News Director


The North Branch boys hockey team played their first game of the year against Sauk Rapids-Rice.


Neither team scored in the 1st period. But both teams lit up the scoreboard in the 2nd period. The Storm scored first at the 1:30 mark. But Vikings junior Joey Kerchner tied it up just 18 seconds later. North Branch scored three more goals in the 2nd period: Cody Croal, Dawson Johnson, and Matt Dekanick. The Storm were able to add one more goal before the period ended, to make it a 4-2 game heading into the 3rd. Croal and Jordan Axberg would each add a goal in the 3rd to give the Vikings a commanding 6-2 lead. Sauk Rapids-Rice scored at the 12:49 mark to cut the lead in half. But Junior Cody Croal scored the final goal of the game, which gave him the hat trick. The Vikings beat the Storm 7-3. 


The Vikings next matchup will be November 29th against Minnesota River. That game will be played in Inver Grove Heights at 5pm.



Photo Credit: North Branch Hockey Twitter







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