12/30/2016 11:11:00 AM CL heating up at the right time
Chisago Lakes 6, St. Paul Blades 3 It took a true team effort for the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to pick up their first win of the season after eight straight losses. Five different players scored goals for the Wildcats as they beat the St. Paul Blades 6-3 in front of the home fans at Chisago Lakes Arena on Tuesday, December 20.
The Blades got on the board first just over a minute into the game, and it looked like it might be more of the same for the Wildcats. But Danielle Burgen scored an unassisted goal at 10:17 of the first period to tie it at 1-1. Five minutes later, Cassi Gillespie put one in the back of the net, assisted by Megan Bye, and the Wildcats led 2-1 after one. “Both Danielle and Cassi were able to beat the defense around the outside,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen. “At that point, the switch was flipped. We got a lead and we got a little confidence.”
The Wildcats continued to build their lead. Morgan Huberty went off for hooking just 23 seconds into the second period. Near the end of the penalty kill, Madison Lundeen scored, assisted by Payton Huberty. And at the 11:29 mark of the period, Jenna Lawry scored to put the Wildcats up 4-1. Burgen and Ellie Kimlinger assisted on Lawry’s goal. The Blades scored just 15 seconds after Lawry’s goal and added another goal just over two minutes later to cut the Wildcat lead to 4-3.
But the Wildcats took control after the second intermission. They outshot the Blades 10-5 in the third period. At 7:14 of the period, Lundeen picked up her second goal of the game, unassisted, to push the Wildcat lead back to two. Josi Anderson put the icing on the cake for the Wildcats with an empty netter at 15:38, and the celebration was on.
Burgen said “We played them twice last year and had some success. Going into the game, our players were confident, but not overconfident. After we built the three goal lead, they battled back and made it close. But we took control after that.” The Wildcats outshot the Blades 30-22 for the game. Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson stopped 19 of the 22 shots she faced to pick up her first win of the season. Chisago Lakes 3, Woodbury 2 (OT) The Wildcats made it two in a row when Claire DeVries’ pass from behind the goal line banked off the goalie and into the net to give the Wildcats a 3-2 overtime victory over the Woodbury Royals. The game took place last Thursday, December 22 at Bielenberg Ice Arena in Woodbury.
The Royals scored the only goal of the first period. The game’s next three goals took place in a three-and-a-half minute burst in the second period. At 8:07, Jenna Lawry scored a power play goal, assisted by Sarah Sargeant and DeVries, to tie the game at 1-1. Woodbury re-took the lead just two minutes later. But just 90 seconds after that, Megan Stiller scored for the Wildcats to tie the game at 2-2. Kya Linnell assisted on Stiller’s goal.
Neither team scored in a third period, which saw just six shots on goal for the Wildcats and five for the Royals. Early in the overtime, the second shift of Wildcats was doing a nice job of forechecking in the Woodbury zone, holding the puck in. DeVries went around the back of the net with the puck and tried to throw it in front. The Woodbury goalie had her stick at a 45 degree angle and DeVries’ attempted pass hit the stick and went through the five hole and into the net to give the Wildcats the win. Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said “Woodbury is a double-A school and hadn’t had a lot of success this season. But I think they saw our record and underestimated us a bit. We had it in us that we were not going to lose that game. In the three minute break between the third period and overtime, I could see that the girls were calm and focused, and we came out with the win.” The Royals outshot the Wildcats 29-25 for the game. Anna Kittleson stopped 27 of those 29 shots to get her second win of the season.
Chisago Lakes 4, Luverne 1 In the opening game of the Schwan Cup, the Wildcats did not allow the Luverne Cardinals any shots on goal in the first period, while at the same time firing a 20 shot barrage at the Cardinal net. The Wildcats scored twice in the period, both unassisted goals by Ellie Kimlinger. The Wildcats went on to outshoot the Cardinals 42-7 for the game and came away with a 4-1 win, their third win in a row. The game was played this past Monday, December 26 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.
Madison Lundeen scored in the second period, assisted by Morgan Huberty. The Wildcats added a goal by Danielle Burgen in the third period, with Jenna Lawry picking up an assist. The shutout was spoiled when Luverne got on the scoreboard midway through the third period, but goalie Anna Kittleson still picked up her third win in a row.
Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said “Scouting Luverne was tough. Even though they had a 7-2-1 record coming in, we didn’t know how tough their competition was. We dominated the whole game, controlling the tempo and puck possession. The only thing that kept them in the game was their goaltending.” Chisago Lakes 6, Rochester Mayo 2 Six different players scored for the Wildcats in their second game of the Schwan Cup, a 6-2 win over the Rochester Mayo Spartans – the fourth sin in a row for the resurgent Wildcats (4-8-0). The game was played Tuesday, December 27 at the Schwan Super Rink. With the win, the Wildcats earned the chance to play in the Schwan Cup championship game at Ridder Arena yesterday against the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets. Results of that game were not available at the time we sent to press.
Goal scorers for the Wildcats were Payton Huberty, Calle Bye, Megan Stiller, Clair DeVries, Grace DeVries and Danielle Burgen. Claire DeVries picked up two assists and the following players had one assist apiece: Kya Linnell, Payton Huberty, Calle Bye, Jenna Lawry, Madison Lundeen and Danielle Burgen. The Wildcats outshot the Spartans 27-20 for that game. Anna Kittleson once again played well in the nets, stopping 18 of the 20 shots she faced.