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home : sports : sports May 25, 2016

12/6/2012 9:44:00 AM
Wildcats rip off 20 goals in three games
Above, the Wildcats celebrate their close 5-4 victory over Hibbing. Below, Bradee Thompson rips a wrister against Princeton.   Photos by Kirsten Thompson
Above, the Wildcats celebrate their close 5-4 victory over Hibbing. Below, Bradee Thompson rips a wrister against Princeton.   Photos by Kirsten Thompson
By CHUCK FITZER.


Chisago Lakes 13, Pine City/Rush City 1 Everyone got in on the fun as the Wildcats (3-2) crushed Pine/City Rush City 13-1 last Friday, November 30 at Pine City Arena. Nine different Wildcats scored goals in the game. Four players had two goals each – Jake Breyfogle, William Knaak, Bradee Thompson and Brandon Gillespie. Zachary Lambrecht, Justin Bye, Chris Ritter, Jacob Speight and Landon Lushanko each put one puck into the back of the net. Leading playmakers for the Wildcats were Colton Reynolds, with three assists, and Blake Lizotte and Lambrecht, who had two assists apiece. Players with one assist each in the game were Trevor Lushanko, Bye, Joe Kimlinger, Landon Lushanko, Speight and Louis Kastenbauer. Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson said, “There really isn't much to say about this game. I was proud of the men for staying focused.

Sometimes in runaway games it's easy to lose focus and get complacent. The men did not do that. We had the opportunity for some of our underclassmen to gain some valuable experience. Freshman Bryce Thompson got his first varsity start in goal and his performance was encouraging. Although the score was lopsided, Bryce still faced 22 shots in the game.” Chisago Lakes 5, Hibbing/Chisholm 4 The Wildcats scored five goals to lead Hibbing/Chisholm 5-3 after two periods. Hibbing scored with 2:50 left in the game to pull within one, but the Wildcats hung on for a 5-4 win. The game was played last Saturday, December 1 at Chisago Lakes High School. Hibbing opened the scoring two and a half minutes into the first period. But the Wildcats came back quickly. Just over a minute after the Hibbing goal, Zach Lambrecht scored to tie things up, assisted by Brandon Gillespie and Blake Lizotte. And a minute after that, Ben Knaak scored a power play goal to put the Wildcats ahead, assisted by Bradee Thompson and Trevor Lushanko. With 18 seconds left in the first period, Thompson scored a shorthanded goal, unassisted, to put the Wildcats up 3-1.

Hibbing scored a power play goal early in the second period to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-2. But Jacob Speight’s unassisted goal with 9:41 left in the period pushed the Wildcat lead back to two goals. With four minutes left in the period, Thompson scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Lushanko, to put the Wildcats up 5-2. Hibbing scored just over a minute later to tighten things back up a little. But Wildcat goalie Jake DuBose and the Wildcat defense held Hibbing to one goal in the third period to give the Wildcats their third win of the season. Hibbing outshot the Wildcats 44-28 for the game. Wildcat goaltender Jake DuBose stopped 40 of the 44 shots he faced to pick up the win. “What an exciting game!” said Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson.

“The men showed up ready to play, and they played a complete game, focused from start to finish. As a coaching staff, we couldn't be more pleased with the effort.” The coach continued, “After taking a hit early in the game, which stunned him, senior captain Colton Reynolds responded by helping to shut down Hibbing superstar Adam Johnson, who has already committed to UMD. Although Johnson recorded four points on the evening, he could have had more without a strong effort by the defensive core. Offensively, it's difficult to single out an individual effort, but it was encouraging to see two of our grinders, Ben Knaak and Jacob Speight, get on the scoreboard. “And I want to acknowledge my assistant coaches for their contributions to the recent successes of the team.

Chris Slettom, who runs the forwards during games, and Chris Phelps, who runs the defensive during games, do a fantastic job. Having experienced coaches like these two allows me to focus on the tactical aspect of the game. They are two of the best in the business.” The Wildcats’ only game this weekend is against Minnehaha Academy tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena (South Campus).





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