12/20/2012 9:33:00 AM Wildcats comeback falls short, but they rebound
By CHUCK FITZER.
Cambridge-Isanti 4, Chisago Lakes 3 Sierra Stendahl scored the first two goals of her varsity career for the Wildcat girls hockey team, but the Wildcats’ comeback fell just short as they lost 4-3 to Cambridge-Isanti last Thursday, December 13 at David C. Johnson Arena in Isanti. With the Wildcats trailing 3-0, Stendahl got the Wildcats on the board with 7:39 left in the first period.
Lauren Borgstrom passed the puck to Allison Borgstrom at the right edge of the Bluejacket zone. Allison Borgstrom passed the puck to Stendahl standing at the left side of the net. Stendahl opened up her hips and one-timed the puck into the left side of the net to cut the Bluejacket lead to 3-1. Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen said “To get a right handed player to open up to the puck like that and put it away is not easy to teach. It comes naturally to some people and Sierra did a nice job on that play.” Starting goaltender Katelyn Sargeant struggled in the first period. Amanda Shoquist, returning from an injury, replaced Sargeant at the beginning of the second period and gave up just one goal the rest of the way. Just 20 seconds into the second period, Allison Borgstrom deked out a couple of players and took a nice shot. Stendahl crashed the net and put the rebound home for an easy goal to cut the Bluejacket lead to 3-2. But the Bluejackets added a goal a few minutes later to stretch their lead to 4-2. Crashing the net paid off for the Wildcats again in the third period. Ellie Kimlinger crashed the net and scored on a rebound of Amy Budde’s shot with 12 minutes left in the period. Kimlinger’s first career goal cut the Wildcat lead to 4-3. But the Bluejackets held off the Wildcats the rest of the way and walked away with a 4-3 win over the Wildcats. Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen said “We attempted 54 shots and I was really surprised we didn’t put more in the net, but that’s the way it goes in hockey sometimes. We outplayed them in the second and third periods, but the scoreboard is what matters.” Mahlen talked about a couple of his players. He said “Amy Budde has continues to improve.
She’s showing the offensive skills we knew she had. She is working on developing more physical play, going into the corners and winning battles. And Sierra Stendahl is playing on the first line as a freshman right now. She has a lot of skills and doesn’t yet realize how good she can be. She is a fantastic skater who plays heads up hockey. She continues to improve as she gains more experience. We are looking for her to carry the puck more and be more aggressive.” Chisago Lakes 6, St. Francis/North Branch 0 In her first full game back from injury, goaltender Amanda Shoquist stopped all 17 shots she faced and six different players scored goals as the Wildcats shut out SFNB 6-0 last Saturday, December 15 at East Bethel Ice Arena. “We finally had a full lineup for this game,” said Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen.
“The key to this game was scoring four goals in the first period. And they were different types of goals – two rebounds and two nice plays. We finally connected on the offensive end and it paid off. When we were up 4-0 in the first period, the SFNB coach called her timeout. That fired up our players even more.” The Wildcats didn’t score in the second period, but kept up intense pressure in the SFNB zone. SFNB relieved the pressure by icing the puck about two dozen times in the second and third periods. Lauren Borgstrom scored her first varsity goal in the game and also had two assists. Allison Ives also had a goal and two assists each. Allison Borgstrom added a goal and an assist. The other three goal scorers for the Wildcats were Rikki Waldoch, Amanda Franklin and Delaney Doriott. Amy Budde had two assists, and Rikki Waldoch, Amanda Franklin and Allison Route picked up one assist apiece. Lauren Borgstrom’s goal came on a rebound. “We are very happy with Lauren’s play this year. She has been our most improved player. She played on the JV last year, and this year she’s doing so well she’s playing on the power play and penalty kill. She’s crafty, sees the ice well and she will get even better.” The Wildcats host conference for Spring Lake Park at Chisago Lakes Arena tomorrow night at 7 p.m.