12/19/2013 12:54:00 PM Chisago Lakes tallies another section victory, loses in M8C
by CHUCK FITZER
Rogers 3, Chisago Lakes 1 Rogers outshot the Wildcats 50-15 and beat the Wildcats by a score of 3-1 in a Mississippi 8 Conference matchup last Thursday, December 12 at Rogers. Wildcat goaltender Jake Dubose played one of his best games so far this season, stopping 47 of the 50 shots he faced. Brandon Gillespie scored an unassisted goal four minutes into the second period to tie the game at 1-1.
But Rogers scored just 39 seconds later to re-take the lead and added an insurance goal five minutes into the third period. “We were challenged by a much bigger and more physical team,” said Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson. “Although we were outshot by a margin of 3-1, we had our opportunities to steal this game. Seniors Trevor Lushanko and Brandon Gillespie both had early breakaway chances that could have drastically changed the momentum of the game. Dispute missing these chances, we were impressed by the play of these two senior captains, particularly their willingness to drive to the net. I think we struggled defensively, trying to outmuscle bigger players along the wall instead of perhaps containing their space and waiting for support from a teammate. We take the positive out of games like this. Exposing a weakness will only make us stronger in the long run.”
Chisago Lakes 8 Princeton 2 The Wildcats put this one out of reach early, scoring five times in the first period on their way to an 8-2 win over Princeton last Saturday, December 14 at Chisago Lakes Arena. They really spread the scoring around, with seven players scoring goals and nine players picking up assists. Goaltender Bryce Thompson stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced to pick up the win. “Simply put, this was another prime example of this team’s complete team effort,” said Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson. “Although it's difficult to single out any particular top performers, we were particularly happy with the efforts of Sophomores Nick Bartz and CJ Haskins. Nick displayed the reason we nicknamed him "the Bulldog" with his unrivaled tenacity in the corners and his never-quit mentality. CJ had a goal that could have been on the ESPN Top Ten, diving for a free puck and chipping it past the goalie.”
Zac Lambrecht led the Wildcats with two goals and an assist. Trevor Lushanko also had three points, with a goal and two assists. The other goal scorers for the Wildcats were Haskins, Bartz, Landon Lushanko, Joe Kimlinger and Blake Lizotte. Gillespie had two assists. Six other players notched single assists: Bartz, Zach Williamson, Zach Pautz, Landon Lushanko, Adam Nickelson and Lizotte. The Wildcats (6-2 overall, 1-1 conference) will take on St. Paul Johnson tonight at the Phalen Recreational Center at 7:30 p.m. They return home tomorrow night to face St. Louis Park at 8 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena.