1/24/2013 10:46:00 AM Behind two Allisons, CL tops SFNB
BY CHUCK FITZER
Chisago Lakes 3, St. Francis/North Branch (SFNB) 1
It’s a good thing for the Wildcat girls’ hockey team that players named Allison showed up against SFNB last week. Allison Ives scored twice and Allison Borgstrom scored once as the Wildcats beat SFNB 3-1 in a game that was tight until the end, played last Saturday, January 19 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
Wildcat goaltender Amanda Shoquist played one of her best games of the season, making several key saves as she stopped 22 of the 23 shots she faced. Borgstrom got the Wildcats on the board with a power play goal with just over four minutes left in the first period. Rikki Waldoch and Ives worked the puck to Borgstrom behind the goal line to the left of the net. Borgstrom skated toward the blue line, curled into the high slot and fired a shot past the goalie into the lower left corner of the net to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
With 2:15 left in the second period, an SFNB player stole the puck at the Wildcat blue line and started a breakaway. She put a move on Shoquist before launching her shot, but Shoquist made a nice save to preserve the slim Wildcat lead. With SFNB skating shorthanded with less than a minute left in the period, an SFNB player broke down the left side of the slot in the Wildcat zone and fired a shot toward the lower right corner of the net.
Shoquist made a great pad save to again deny the tying goal to SFNB. The Wildcats raced back down the ice with the puck and Ives scored with 44 seconds left in the period, just as the power play expired, to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Waldoch and Amy Budde assisted on the goal. Early in the third period, SFNB’s Maddi Kaehler picked up a loose puck just inside the Wildcat blue line near the left point and ripped a slapshot over Shoquist’s shoulder into the upper right corner of the net to cut the Wildcat lead to 2-1. With just over nine minutes left in the third period, an SFNB player took off on another breakaway in a bid to tie things up. Shoquist stopped a point blank shot to again keep the Wildcats in front. The Wildcats had a chance to ice the game with 4:35 remaining. An SFNB player was whistled for intentionally covering the puck in the crease and the Wildcats were awarded a penalty shot.
But SFNB goalie Dakotah Bullen stopped Amanda Franklin’s attempt to keep the lead to one. SFNB pulled the goalie for an extra attacker with just under a minute left in the game. With 23 seconds left, an SFNB player picked up the puck just inside the Wildcat blue line, skated down the slot and fired. Shoquist made the save. Amy Budde picked up the rebound and passed the puck to Ives breaking out of the zone. Ives passed left to Jade Wilson, who passed it back to Ives. Ives carried the puck over the blue line and slid it past an SFNB defender and into the empty net to seal the victory for the Wildcats. Ives, who had just 13 points all last season, already has ten goals and nine assists to lead the Wildcats with 19 points this season.
Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen said, “I’ve been really happy with Allison’s improvement over the last year. She’s a senior leader who’s stepping it up and getting things done. She does it with a lot of effort, a lot of heart. She’s a great example for the rest of the players.” Mahlen also talked about a couple of other players who were key to the Wildcat win. “After battling through a shoulder injury, a foot injury and illness, Allison Borgstrom is starting to round back into the form she showed at the beginning of the season. In the last couple of games, she’s hit the post four or five times.
Against SFNB, she was very close to having a three or four point night. “Amanda Shoquist showed that she could be one of the best goaltenders in the conference. We just need to get a little more consistency out of her. She battled through an injury earlier in the season. If she brings this type of game to the ice on a regular basis, we’ll be a very dangerous team in sections.” Finally, Mahlen had some praise for the Wildcat defense. He said, “It was nice to get Delaney Doriott back from her concussion. She was one of our best defensive players at the time she got hurt. In her absence, some of the other players, including Jade Wilson, Allison Route and Natalie Sandstrom, really stepped up their play. And Rikki Waldoch looks more and more like a classic number one defender every day.”
The Wildcats (6-15-1 overall, 5-3-1 conference), who beat conference foe Irondale 5-3 just a couple of weeks ago, will face the Knights in a rematch nest Monday, January 28 at 8:15 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine. On Tuesday, they will take on St. Paul United at the St. Paul Academy Randolph Campus rink.