2/14/2013 11:14:00 AM Chisago edges Spring Lake Park, closes with TG
Chisago Lakes 4, Spring Lake Park 3 Landon Lushanko scored twice as the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead in a wild first period against Spring Lake Park. The scoring leveled off after that but the game’s intensity continued and the Wildcats came away with a 4-3 win. Trevor Lushanko picked up three assists for the Wildcats in the game. Lushanko scored on a power play just one minute into the first period, assisted by his brother Trevor, to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Spring Lake Park tied things up at 4:33. But the game was only tied for ten seconds as Jacob Speight put one in the back of the net, assisted by Jake Breyfogle and Bradee Thomson, to put the Wildcats back on top.
The Panthers again tied things up later in the period. Skating on the power play, Landon Lushanko notched his second goal of the period at 13:57, this time assisted by his brother Trevor and Louis Kastenbauer. The Wildcats led 3-2 after one. Dan Sargeant stretched the Wildcat lead to 4-2 with a power play goal four minutes into the second period, assisted by – you guessed it—Trevor Lushanko. The Panthers scored a couple of minutes later to cut the Wildcat lead to one. The teams battled hard for the next couple of periods. Wildcat goalie Bryce Thompson had to make some nice saves to preserve the Wildcat lead, including spectacular save on a couple of breakaways.
With three minutes left in the game, Trevor Bluhm laid a nice check on an unaware Spring Lake Park player who was looking down at the puck. Bluhm’s check appeared to be clean, but he hit the kid so hard the referee game Bluhm a roughing penalty. The Wildcats did a great job killing off the penalty to come away with the win. Bryce Thompson, starting his third game in a row in the nets, picked up his third win in a row, stopping 29 of the 32 shots he faced. The Wildcats were outshot 32-25 for the game. Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson said “The line of Trevor Lushanko, Blake Lizotte, and Landon Lushanko had an outstanding game. Their puck movement and their playmaking set them apart in this game. This game likely solidified the fifth seed out of the 12 teams in Section 4A.
Chisago Lakes 8, Robbinsdale Cooper 0 Three Wildcats had three points apiece and Brandon Gillespie scored two goals as the Wildcats crushed the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks 8-0 last Saturday, February 9 in a matinee at Chisago Lakes Arena. In all, 12 Wildcats made it into the scoring column. Trevor Lushanko, Jacob Speight and Bradee Thompson each had a goal and two assists for the game. Jacob Breyfogle and Blake Lizotte were next on the scoring chart with a goal and an assist apiece. Ryan Chambers scored the Wildcats’ other goal and five Wildcats had one assist each – Chris Ritter, Zach Lambrecht, Taylor O’Connor, Dan Sargeant and Landon Lushanko.
Goaltender Jake DuBose stopped all 18 shots he faced to pick up the shutout. Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson said, “We had another strong performance with a complete team effort which is what you want to see coming down the stretch. The checking line once again showed up and produced offensively, with a goal from Ryan Chambers and the assists going to Chris Ritter and Taylor O’Connor. These guys are workers.” “With one regular season game remaining,” said Gibson, “it's time to evaluate the season goals. I think as a team we accomplished most of our season goals. The most impressive statistic for me is the penalty killing percentage of 90 percent. As a coaching staff, we are pleased with this team’s accomplishments and hope it will continue well into the playoffs.”
That one regular season game remaining is tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes arena against Totino Grace. The Wildcats have never beaten the Eagles, losing all 25 or 30 games the two teams have ever played against each other. Two years ago, the Wildcats had three goals leads in both regular season games only to blow those leads n the third period. The last time Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson was at a Wildcat-Eagle game in an official capacity was in 2005. He was a linesman in the Wildcats’ controversial 6-4 home loss to the Eagles, with the Eagles’ Dan DeLisle crashing into Wildcat goaltender Kyle Buchanan as the puck slid into the net for the go-ahead goal with 30 seconds remaining.
After an empty-netter with seven seconds left, the referees ended the game at that point to avoid any problems on the ice. There was no handshake line after that one. Tonight’s game should be fun and will be the last time the Wildcats play the Eagles in a North Suburban Conference matchup.