Cardinal Girls/Boys Double Up

January 10

Girls Hockey – 5, Willmar – 0

For the third time in a week, I followed a two-hour class at Senior College by going immediately to back-to-back high school sporting events.  I ain’t getting any younger.  I don’t know how much longer I can continue this pace.  What?  Sid Hartman did this into his mid-90’s?  Never mind . . .

 

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[I was tardy arriving at the girls’ game, but I didn’t want to skip out of class early . . . ]

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[As with the previous game, the first Cardinal to appear in the view finder was Mayson Toft (14) . . . ]

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[And here she whaps a slap shot from the blue line with sophomore back line mate Ali Castle (22) in the foreground . . . ]

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[These teams played earlier in the season at Willmar where our Cards (Willmar is also the Cardinals) put 68 shots-on-goal for a weirdly close 2 – 1 win . . . [

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[Then our Cards opened the scoring with the first varsity goal by Micah Summer (8).]

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[With goals come hugs . . . ]

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[I’ve heard hugs are good . . . ]

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[And here McKenna Ellingson (24) skates in on a breakaway . . . ]

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[I suppose goalies look forward to this as a challenge, but I don’t think I’d care to have a hard rubber disc shot at me from point blank range . . . ]

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[The shot . . . ]

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[And she made the save.  In the two games against Alex the Willmar goalie faced 112 shots-on-goal and only gave up 7 goals.  Our Cards were more efficient in this game.]

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[Kaci Trosvig (25) and Hanley Block (28), both freshmen, join the chase for the elusive puck . . . ]

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[And here come our Cards with McKenna again . . . ]

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[The goalie appears to have corralled the puck . . . ]

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[But then Erin O’Kane (26) scored . . . ]

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[More hugs . . . ]

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[A dominating period but the Willmar goalie was keeping it close . . . ]

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[Period 2, Hadlee Hansen (18) circles in the corner . . . ]

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[Help arrives in the form of Erin, Makenna Aure (17) (another freshman), and Olivia Kopp (13) . . . ]

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[Micah, Olivia, and Hadlee in our defensive zone . . . ]

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[This looks like Micah from point blank range . . . ]

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[And McKenna in again . . . ]

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[But the puck escapes out the back door . . . ]

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[Here’s Anna Doherty (7) with a backhander with fellow sophomore Marki Oberg (10) . . . ]

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[With Alexis Heckert (20) also in the fray . . . ]

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[And Anna scored!]

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[Solid after 2 periods . . . ]

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[And then in the final period, McKenna scored . . . ]

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[And Hadlee scored to complete the scoring . . . ]

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[Freshman Jordan O’Kane (1) started in goal and got her first career shutout.]

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[Celebrate a convincing victory.]

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Boys Hockey – 11, Willmar – 1

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[Then the boys game . . . ]

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[We had won earlier at Willmar 8 – 0, so this similarly did not appear to be a competitive game . . . ]

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[After the opening face-off, Zack Wosepka (20) sprints into the offensive zone . . . ]

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[Seniors Jack Westlund (10) and Ben Doherty (7) have been playing on the same line since they were freshmen . . . ]

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[Ben excels in the face-off circle . . . ]

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[Matthew Carlsen (26) on the point with Caleb Strong (3) in the Willmar zone . . . ]

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[Matthew on a defenseman’s rush . . . ]

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[With Caleb and Ben . . . ]

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[Looks like the puck is in the air trending toward Willmar’s No. 24 . . . ]

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[Jack circling back out . . . ]

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[Ben . . . ]

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[And Jack forechecking . . . ]

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[And have recovered the puck . . . ]

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[With that line in on goal . . . ]

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[Aided by another Carlsen defenseman’s rush . . . ]

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[A high shot . . . ]

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[Then Caleb scored . . . ]

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[And Alex Jost (29) scored to end the first period.  It had been a long day, so I departed here knowing the game was safely in hand.  The final score was 11 – 1, and our Cards had 63 shots on goal.  Some of the scoring highlights were a hat trick by Caleb and 6 points from Ben.  The team is now 11 – 4 overall and 7 – 1 in conference.]

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When you win, nothing hurts.  ~  Joe Namath

Up Next:  Spain, again, is due . . .

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