StarksForge

Yep, time for another blog about what we have been up to. Jesse’s 3D laser comes in March meaning just over three more months until we can start adding more than foam to our inventory.

Jesse has been working on a sword these past couple of weeks and I have been working on my own creation. We just started the process of plasti-dipping mine and Jes is finishing the handle wrapping on his.

The business has been better than we originally expected having sold three items since he opened in August. He’s even made some custom orders that have been requested. We are looking to expand our area of expertise with possibly making some foam hockey sticks and possibly ninja throwing stars (I apologize if I wrote that wrong) even.

If you would like to see pictures, feel free to visit either our Facebook page or the Etsy page. If you are interested in purchasing an item, go to the Etsy page because we have not added a purchase option for our Facebook page.

Also let us know if you have any custom orders you would like us to give a shot! Christmas is just around the corner and you probably need to get gifts! We have even made shields!

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Wild Slope

The Wild’s last two games have not been pretty, on Saturday Minnesota faced Colorado in Denver and let a two goal lead slip away in the third period when the Av’s scored three unanswered goal.

The second game, last night against Dallas in Dallas was a fairly close. Every time the Stars scored, Minnesota scored back, it ended in a two to two tie so the teams went into overtime. Dallas’ Jamie Benn scored the game winner that handed Minnesota its second straight loss on their mini road trip.

It’s not time to panic yet though Wild fans, even though it is a little nerve-wracking to watch your team give up a two goal lead and go on to lose the game, there is still hope. It’s early on in the season and usually every team has a slight slump at some point. This could be the Wild’s and they’ll jump back on the winning bandwagon in time for me to go to their game against the Pens on Friday!

I’m making this recap short because it covers two games that were both losses and the Wild have another game tomorrow that I’ll hopefully have a preview posted for!

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HOCKEY ROCKS!

The Series Sweep!

As most of you may know by now, the UND/SCSU series ended up in a North Dakota sweep. It’s the first time since 1998 that UND has been able to sweep SCSU in St. Cloud. Once again St. Cloud was held scoreless as well.

North Dakota took the lead early in the first and rather then scoring all at once, they added one in the second and one in the third to top off their three to nothing victory and claim the first series against the Huskies this season.

Shane Gersich who has been a popular name this weekend added a fourth goal to his total scoring the last goal of the game Saturday night after receiving a hat trick on Friday. UND’s goalie Cam Johnson had another stellar night in between the pipes as he stopped 36 shots and posted his third shutout of the season.

SCSU will have some work ahead of them this week as they get ready to face Western Michigan in Michigan after Thanksgiving break is over and shake off these tough losses. UND will be taking on Michigan State over the Thanksgiving weekend in Grand Forks.

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HOCKEY ROCKS!

Game One of Two Over

Well the first game between SCSU and UND did not go in SCSU’s favor despite being at home. UND was able to take game one in dominating fashion with a four to nothing win. North Dakota took an early lead with a goal in the first period by sophomore Shane Gersich, and UND never looked back.

The Sioux continued on their scoring surge with three more goals in the second period including two more for Gersich which would give him his first ever hat trick. Congrats to Gersich, that’s a tough feat for anyone especially against a heavy rival in SCSU. For some reason St. Cloud could not find its scoring power, however their goalie did fairly well considering he faced 40 total shots and only let in four.

SCSU will have a chance to redeem itself this evening when game two takes place once again at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. This game will be an earlier time at 7 pm instead of 7:37 pm.

SCSU will need not only the power of the Poehling brothers to get on the scoreboard but also their goalie to be on top of game. What I can’t tell you as of now is if SCSU will keep the same goalie in the net from last night or if they’ll change. Typically college teams rotate goalies unless one is on a hot streak so my guess is a change-up but maybe not. You also have to show faith in your goalies win or lose.

Here’s to another great game of hockey between these two teams and maybe a little closer one?

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Hockey rocks!

Player Celebration: Mikko Koivu

I know it’s not the usual name you would think of for this type of article but I got tired of hearing the words, Spotlight, Highlight and etc. There’s nothing wrong with those but I wanted to try to be different so celebration it is. I plan to try and pick one player for each of these articles and talk about them, on ice and off ice, etc. They won’t just be Wild players either it will be players from all across the NHL, I hope to actually get all of the players at some point but that may take a while!

First up is none other than Minnesota Wild captain, #9 Mikko Koivu! The Finnish center has been with the Wild since he stepped on the ice wearing an NHL jersey 11 years ago. He’s been shining as a captain for the last eight years and he also was the first ever permanent captain in the Wild’s history.

Lately he hasn’t been scoring a lot but he’s more a play-maker than a scorer which is quite different for a captain on an NHL team considering that most are scorers such as Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to name a couple. This year Koivu has just six points in 16 games which may not sound like much but when you see he has one shorthanded point and one game winning goal in those points, it sounds a little better.

Koviu’s job has many points to it that most don’t think about. They see the “C” on the jersey and just assume he’s a big scorer. He can be when the setting is right but that is not his actual job. His job is to lead the team through everything, from a five to nothing win over a team that may be struggling to a six to nothing lose against the former Stanley Cup champions. If a player gets injured or there’s a bad call on the ice, it’s Mikko’s job to guide the team through that and make sure they keep their heads on straight.

That kind of job description may not sound too bad especially when you’re getting paid millions of dollars to play a game, but it’s not all fun and games. If something goes wrong with the team the ax doesn’t just fall on the coach but also the captain. He’s the face of the team most of the time and he has to take the fall for things that aren’t his fault.

In my opinion Koivu has done a great job over the years and this year is just a slower start for the 33-year-old captain. This year is also a growing pains season because of the new head coach at the helm. Everyone including the captain has to have time to adjust to a completely new style of play and coach.

I haven’t exactly gotten a hold on what I want this articles to say so they’ll probably all be a bit different but that’s okay because then I’m covering something different on each player instead of it all being the same stats just different player.

Thanks for reading!

Hockey rocks!

Sioux versus Huskies 

Yep, you read that right. The Fighting Sioux will be taking on SCSU in St. Cloud. This will be the first meeting between the two this season in what will be a heated battle more than likely. 

They both have a fairly even record and yes I will continue to call UND the Fighting Sioux because that’s what they are to me.

SCSU is coming off a series sweep against Colorado College while the Sioux are coming off a hard split with Denver which included a loss and an overtime finish. 

I can’t really predict who will come out on top in this series but it will be a set of hard fought games. Hopefully they are well played and fast paced games rather than all hitting. 

We’ll see how game one goes and then maybe we’ll know a little more for game two! I forgot to say it in the last one but thanks for reading! 

HOCKEY ROCKS!!! 

Another W!

The Wild were able to claim their ninth victory in one goal fashion in front of their hometown fans. Minnesota beat Boston one to nothing on a third period goal by Finish superstar Mikael Granlund for his fourth goal of the year. 

The first two periods were knotted at zero until a late jump by Boston gave them the lead, or so they thought. However, David Backes’ goal was taken back after a coach’s challenge by the Wild’s Bruce Boudreau showed the Bruins were offsides. 

That gave the Wild the jump in their step they needed to stay in the game and take a lead of their own. The lead stuck with some great goaltending by Devon Dubnyk who had 25 saves in the game. 

The Wild will be at home again on Saturday when they face the Colorado Avalanche at 7pm and look to continue their win steak.