Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Howell North Gets Back on Winning Track

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Howell North Gets Back on Winning Track

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When you're struggling, any victory is a good victory.

That certainly was the case for the Francis Howell North Knights as they snapped a losing skid at six games by beating Whitfield 3-2 in a Mid-States Club Hockey Association contest last Thursday at Queeny Park.

"To be real honest, we're a much better skating team (than Whitfield)," said Len Cadieux, coach of Francis Howell North (3-9). "Whitfield's had a tough year and I think we may have made some assumptions. Instead of making good passes and playing up to our capabilities, I think some of our guys figured this would be a chance to pick up a lot of points.

"But I really can't be too upset with the way we played. We won and that's the bottom line.

"We really needed this one," said Cadieux, whose team beat Whitfield 5-1 earlier this season. "Any time you go through a losing streak, your players can lose confidence. Even though we didn't dominate as we expected to, we still won the game and that's really all that matters now."

The Knights got the game-winner midway through the third period as sophomore Mike Benes converted a pass from junior Nick West.

Junior Jason Erb and freshman Nick Post scored Howell North's earlier goals. Sophomore Chad Wollmershauser and junior captain Josh Davis had the assists.

"We outshot Whitfield 25-8, but their goalie played pretty well," Cadieux said. "It would've been nice if we'd won a little more convincingly, but we got the win and hopefully now we can build on it."

Howell North's next game is at 9:15 p.m. Friday at the North County Recreation Complex against archrival Francis Howell.

"This is the one we've all been looking forward to and maybe that was a factor in the Whitfield game," Cadieux said. "Howell got us (6-2) last time, but we're really looking forward to playing them again."

Howell North also plays Saturday and Monday. The Knights play John Burroughs at 7:30 p. …

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