Card Boys Begin Quest for State Tournament Repeat

February 19

Last year’s state runners-up off to a good start . . . 

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[As with every hockey game, it all begins here . . . ]

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[Jack Westlund (10) and Shane Birkeland (25) chase the puck into the Otter zone . . . ]

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[Face-off in the Cardinal zone before a full-house . . . ]

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[Cards score first, by Zach Wosepka (20).  We spent the entire game from this vantage point as a change of pace from up top on center ice.  And at one time were visited by Zach’s dad, who likely stopped for a visit with the Crane and Regent Anderson . . . ]

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[Feeling out 1st period.  The Cards beat the Otters twice during the regular season, 7 – 2 and 4 – 0 . . . ]

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[The pace picked up in the 2nd period – here a shot from Alex Jost (29) . . . ]

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[Here Joe Westlund (10) and Joe Bigger (6) are wondering where all the other players went . . . ]

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[Oh, there they are as Westlund turns to take a face-off . . . ]

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[And Joe scored, on his shot, his tip, and another tip that went in . . . ]

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[And here’s Zach again . . . ]

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[Ben Doherty (7) on the far side in front of the student section all attired in hunting gear . . . ]

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[Doherty and Jack Westlund on the draw . . . ]

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[And Jack scored . . . ]

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[Jack on the fly, known-to-be speedy player . . . ]

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[Caleb Strong (3) completes the Doherty-Westlund line . . . ]

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[Caleb, close up and personal . . . ]

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[He scored a short handed goal . . . ]

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[I think it was a teammate who said his hands are so good he can stick handle in a phone booth . . . ]

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[After 2, the game was pretty much secure . . . ]

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[My fan mates decided to call it a night after the 2nd period.  The Otters scored early in the 3rd – that only made the Cardinals mad as we scored right back.  This one by Ben Jenson, 11 seconds after the Otter goal . . . ]

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[Just to show that the 2 goals were scored in the first 1:25 of the 3rd period . . . ]

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[Your basic hockey arena overview . . . ]

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[And the final goal, Zach Wosepka’s 2nd of the game . . . ]

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[Goalie Bailey Rosch (31) had a solid game . . . ]

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[Winding the game down . . . ]

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[Strong with Jack Westlund . . . ]

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[A final flurry around the Otter goal . . . ]

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[Next stop, against the No. 2-seeded, Sartell Sabres.]

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Street hockey is great for kids.  It’s energetic, competitive, and skillful.  And best of all it keeps them off the street.  ~  Author Unknown

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