Let’s Play HOCKEY!!

November 16

Immediately before the Gopher game Saturday, I went to see another pretty good team play. Our Cardinal girls hockey team, new to class AA (the BIGGEST schools) this year, has started the season 2 – 0 after beating Red Wing on this day, 9 – 0 (and Moorhead earlier in the week, 8 – 1). Granted the Wingers were way overmatched and were playing their 3rd game in 3 days, but both Red Wing and Moorhead have great girl hockey traditions so they were impressive wins.  I stayed to the end because we are so fun to watch with speed throughout the line up.

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[The day began, as all Saturday mornings must begin, with a plain old fashion doughnut from Roer’s Family Bakery . . . ]

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[I usually try to catch at least half of the JV games prior to the varsity match ups.  It’s nice to walk into the arena and see a score like this . . . ]

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[So, a couple shots of the JV in action . . . ]

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[And the final score . . . ]

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[Then, the post game handshakes.  Good game, good game, nice game, good game . . . ]

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[Then the varsity comes out for pre-game warm ups where they skate in circles at high rates of speed . . . ]

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[The captains meet with the referees to discuss the niceties of the game.  Our captains are junior Anna Doherty (7), junior Marki Oberg (10), and senior Mayson Toft (14) . . . ]

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[This was parents’ afternoon.  The gentleman in the middle looking a bit lost is Ron Rebrovich, former pro at the Alexandria Golf Club . . . ]

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[Where’d your dad get that goofy looking cap?]

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[Moms and dads . . . ]

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[The Rebroviches receive a lovely parting gift from their daughter, sophomore Lauren (15), who scored a goal in the JV game . . . ]

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[The long white line . . . ]

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[Starting line up introductions:  sophomore goalie Hailee Bailey (35) . . . ]

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[Sophomore defense Makenna Aure (17) . . . ]

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[I think the current lines and defense pairings are pretty much interchangeable at this time.  There likely will be different “starters” frequently in the early season . . . ]

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[Sophomore defense Riley Nyberg (21) . . . ]

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[Freshman forward Ella Westlund (19) . . . ]

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[Freshman forward Lauren Maras (27) . . . ]

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[Sophomore forward Hanley Block (28) . . . ]

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[I wonder if Coach Molly Arola was just showing off by starting 4 sophomores and 2 freshmen?  But they can all play!]

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[Super Fan Roger Riley returned for yet another year to sing the National Anthem . . . ]

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[And away we go, a video from the start of the game . . . ]

[Mayson (14), an offensive defenseman, often makes pilgrimages into the opposition side of the ice . . . ]

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[It looks like her 1-on-5 rush just dribbled wide . . . ]

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[This is the line of senior Micah Summer (8), sophomore Peyton Boesl (6), and I believe junior Ella Johnston (11) . . . ]

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[And on defense junior Ali Castle (22) . . . ]

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[Now the line of sophomore Kaci Trosvig (25), junior Marki Oberg (10), and junior Anna Doherty (7) . . . ]

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[Then Marki suddenly finds herself all alone . . . ]

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[Makenna and Kaci on the attack . . . ]

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[Then Lauren, a freshman who scored her first varsity goal in this game and who appears to already be a key player . . . ]

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[Mayson chases back after the puck in the defensive zone . . . ]

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[Lauren has developed a knack for being in front of the goal . . . ]

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[Makenna made a beautiful end to end rush in the game and finished it with a goal . . . ]

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[I don’t think this is the goal, but she has the ability to do this often . . . ]

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[Ella and Micah trying to score from in front . . . ]

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[Kaci’s in on goal here . . . ]

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[And here comes Lauren again . . . ]

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[Then Hanley in front.  She was terrific as a freshman last year . . . ]

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[After the 1st period, the game was never in doubt . . . ]

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[This video was taken at the beginning of the 2nd period (Kaci (25), stickhandling in the corner, had a hat trick).  About halfway through, I was visited by an old friend I hadn’t seen for a while.  Martha Williams was a hockey mom back at the beginning of the Super Fans (of girls hockey) – her daughter Abby was the captain of our 2008 state champion- ship team and Abby now has a 5 1/2 month old daughter. Keep the legacy going . . . ]

[That appears to be Ali with the shot . . . ]

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[Then I don’t know who takes a whack at it . . . ]

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[Mayson’s on the point . . . ]

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[This appears to be Kaci with a shot . . . ]

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[Mayson and Kaci keeping the puck in the zone . . . ]

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[With Micah trailing . . . ]

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[Peyton takes a backhander . . . ]

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[GOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!]

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[Celebrate!]

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[Up close and personal . . . ]

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[With Anna . . . ]

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[Marki and Anna on the chase . . . ]

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[And they have it . . . ]

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[Hailee in goal in the background spent most of the game as a spectator . . . ]

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[GOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!]

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[Hugs all around . . . ]

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[After 2 periods, the only issue would be the final score . . . ]

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[Across the rink, Cardinal broadcasters on KXRA . . . ]

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[DMac and BCun . . . ]

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[Makenna . . . ]

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[Because of the score differential, the 3rd period was played on running time.  Here Kaci and Marki swoop in again . . . ]

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[Makenna stickhandling while Peyton searches for an exit . . . ]

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[And Makenna carries into the zone . . . ]

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[All the way to the goal . . . ]

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[GOOOAAAAALLLLLL!]

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[Celebrate!]

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[GOOOAAAALLLLL!]

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[Mayson with Riley on top . . . ]

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[Judging from the alignment, GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!]

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[The Cardinal bench . . . ]

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[With coach Jeff Doherty and head coach Molly Arola . . . ]

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[We’re off to a great start . . . ]

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I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time.  ~  Michael Jordan

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