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home : sports : sports August 20, 2017

1/12/2017 3:20:00 PM
CL gets a massive win over Tigers to stay undefeated in section play

Chisago Lakes 5, Princeton 4 (O.T.)
In a key conference and section matchup, Darin Krueger scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Wildcats a 5-4 win over the Princeton Tigers last Friday, January 6 at Princeton Ice Arena.  The Wildcats trailed 4-2 entering the third period.  Andrue Trelstad scored a shorthanded goal with less than five minutes to go to pull the Wildcats within one and Brandon Caudill tied it with a power play goal 90 seconds later to send the game into overtime.

Devin Wahlberg opened the scoring at 8:23 of the first period, assisted by Adam Hanson and Severi Sinkonnen, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  About 90 seconds later, the Wildcats attempted to clear the puck out of their own zone.  As the puck slid along the boards toward center ice, it hit a stanchion and bounced to center ice.  A Princeton player picked up the puck, brought it back into the zone on a breakaway and scored to tie the game at 1-1.  Princeton scored a shorthanded goal with three minutes left in the period to take a 2-1 lead.  The Tigers increased their led to 3-1 midway through the second period.  At the 13:20 mark of the period, Wildcat Mason Hill scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Cooper Hoheisel, to cut the Princeton lead to 3-2.  But Princeton scored a power play goal exactly one minute later and led 4-2 going into the third period.

The lead stayed at two goals until the Wildcats broke through at the 11:32 mark.  With the Wildcats on the power play, Thomas Overgaard took a shot from the point.  Andrue Trelstad, camped out in front of the net, tipped the puck a couple of feet up into the air.  He swung at it, connected and baseballed it into the net to cut the Tiger lead to 3-2.  And with the Wildcats again on the power play at 14:04, Darin Krueger moved toward the Tiger net from the right side.  As the goalie slid across to cover Krueger, he passed it across to Brandon Caudill, who one-timed it into the open left side of the net to tie the game at 4-4 and send it into overtime.

Overtime didn’t take long.  Trelstad won the opening faceoff and carried the puck deep into the Princeton zone.  He shot the puck on net and it rebounded out front as a scrum developed.  Thomas Overgaard hit the puck with his stick at some point before Darin Krueger knocked it into the net to give the Wildcats the victory.  It was the first loss to a section team by Princeton.  The Wildcats are undefeated in section play at 5-0.
Chisago Lakes 4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2
A three goal outburst in 74 seconds of the third period lifted a tired Wildcat team to a 4-2 win over the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm last Saturday, January 7 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  It was the third game in three nights for the Wildcats and it was their fourth win in a row.

After Darin Krueger scored just one minute into the first period, assisted by Andrue Trelstad and Brandon Caudill, the Wildcat offense went silent for an extended period of time.  Sauk Rapids scored later in the period to tie the game at 1-1 and then took a 2-1 lead on a goal at 2:14 of the second period.  The score stayed that way until the 5:52 mark of the third period.  Cooper Hoheisel threw a puck across the front of the net and Mason Hill buried it, tying the game and finally getting his teammates fired up. Thomas Overgaard also had an assist on the play.  Just 25 seconds later, with the puck deep in the Storm zone, Devin Wahlberg knocked the puck to Tate Swanson in the corner.  Swanson walked out from the corner and buried in the back of the net to give the Wildcats their first lead since the first period.  And 49 seconds after that, Andrue Trelstad took a pass from Noah Cameron and beat a Storm player at center ice.  As he headed into the zone, he avoided an attempted hip check as he blew right around a defenseman on the right side. Trelstad got to the front of the net and put it into the five hole to put the Wildcats up by two, giving them a little breathing room as they finished out the last ten minutes of the game.     
Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats (7-7-0) outshot the Storm 36-21 in this one.  Brooks Stangl stopped 19 of 21 shots to pick up the win.

Trelstad leads the Wildcats in goals (11), assists (9) and total points (20).

The Wildcats play five conference games in a row, starting with the Magic at Moose Sherritt Arena in Monticello tonight at 7 p.m.  This Saturday night, they will host the Buffalo Bison at Chisago Lakes Arena in Lindstrom at 7 p.m.

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