The Northfield Raiders scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-2 Big Nine Conference road win over the Faribault Falcons on Tuesday night.

Faribault sophomore Landon Hullett started in goal and played the first period, and junior goalie Adam Vos stopped 30 shots over the last two periods to keep his team in the game.

The Falcons scored the first goal 1:25 into the game.

Junior Cade Kletschka made a nice pass to junior Brett Vogelsberg, who skated in on Raider senior goaltender Ryan Bielenberg and took a hard shot that caromed into the slot where freshman Noah Murphy smacked it into the net and Faribault was up 1-0.

Just over 10 minutes later Raider senior defenseman Gage Hofstad scored his first goal of the season after shooting the puck from just below the Faribault blue line. Hofstad's twin brother Henry had his second assist of the season. It was tied at one.

The tie did not last long as Raiders senior Connor Malecha connected with assists from Nicholas Kvernmo and Zachary Marvin.

Northfield junior Jack Fox scored the last goal of the first period with assists to Jacob Halverson and Devon Jirik.

Halverson, a junior, had Northfield's last goal in the third period unassisted and Faribault senior Brett Kelly scored the last goal of the game thanks to an assist from senior Ryan Teske.

No goals were scored in the second period.

Northfield had 44 shots on goal and Faribault 14. Bielenberg finished with 12 saves for Northfield .

Seven penalties were whistled on Faribault and four on Northfield.

The Class A No. 16 ranked Northfield remains unbeaten in Big Nine play and Faribault dropped to 2-4 in the conference and 3-7 overall.

Faribault head coach Dean Weasler was proud of his young team for hanging in the game with one of the best teams in the state

The Falcons are at Winona on Friday night while Northfield hosts Rochester Century on Saturday night.

Northfield vs Faribault in Faribault-picture Gordy Kosfeld January 10, 2017
Northfield vs Faribault in Faribault-picture Gordy Kosfeld January 10, 2017


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