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1/12/2017 3:21:00 PM
Lawry goes off for CL in 6-4 win

Chisago Lakes 6, Holy Angels/Richfield 4
Jenna Lawry got a hat trick and more against the Holy Angels/RIchfield Stars.  She scored the last four Wildcat goals, all on the power play, to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 6-4 win over the Stars last Thursday at Richfield Ice Arena.  Playmaker Madison Lundeen assisted on all four of Lawry’s goals.  For the Wildcats, a power play that had been largely nonexistent so far this season – converting just four of 35 chances – came alive against Holy Angels.  The Wildcats converted four of seven power play opportunities against the Stars.  “We have been working on the power play in practice,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “We already had nice passing, but we encouraged them to shoot more.  The turning point of the game was having the power play unit put in four pucks in the net like they did.”  And the Wildcats themselves managed to steer clear of the penalty box for the most part, killing off the only Holy Angels power play opportunity of the night.

 Many of the goals in this game were answered almost right away.  After Holy Angels scored at 7:13 of the first period, Ellie Kimlinger scored for the Wildcats at 8:06 to tie the game at 1-1.  Kya Linnell and Grace DeVries assisted on Kimlinger’s goal.  Three minutes later, the Stars scored a shorthanded goal.  But Claire DeVries answered just under two minutes later, assisted by Danielle Burgen and Sarah Sargeant, to again tie the game.

The Wildcats took their first lead of the game at 7:57 of the second period on Lawry’s first power play goal, with assists going to Lundeen and Payton Huberty.  But Holy Angels scored just 22 seconds later and the game was tied 3-3.  Lawry scored again at the 13:13 mark of the period, assisted by Lundeen to put the Wildcats up 4-3.  For the first time in the game, the opposing team did not answer with a goal of their own and the Wildcats led by one after two periods.  Lawry scored at the halfway point of the third period, assisted by Lundeen and Claire DeVries to give the Wildcats a little breathing room.  But Holy Angels answered less than a minute later to cut the Wildcats lead to 5-4. Lawry’s empty-netter with two minutes to go in the game finally allowed the Wildcats to relax a bit   Lundeen picked up the single assist on the final goal.

Burgen said “It was a fun game.  It seemed more like a track meet than a hockey game.”  The Stars outshot the Wildcats 33-26 for the games.  Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson stopped 29 of the 33 shots she faced to pick up the win.     

Dodge County 6, Chisago Lakes 1
At first glance, the Wildcats’ 6-1 loss to the Dodge County Wildcats, ranked 20th in Class AA, looks like a blowout.  But this game, played last Saturday at Dodge County Ice Arena in Kasson, was tight till Dodge County scored three times in the last four minutes of the game.

The Wildcats got themselves in a hole when they gave up two power play goals in the first period.  Dodge County outshot the Wildcats 11-1 for the period, and it looked like the Wildcats might be overwhelmed by Dodge County.  “Being in the penalty box got us out of kilter,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “But the girls didn’t panic.”  The Wildcats came out strong in the second period and outshot Dodge County 9-5.  Burgen said “We had the momentum going into the third period.”    The Wildcats didn’t score, however, and still trailed by two goals after two periods.  At the 6:28 mark of the third period, a puck popped out to Grace DeVries in the Dodge County zone and she passed it over to Kya Linnell.  Linnell ripped a hard shot that went upper shelf into the back of the net on the goalie’s blocker side and the Wildcats had cut the lead to 2-1.  But Dodge County got that goal back just one minute later and once again led by two.  The game was pretty intense for the next five minutes, but Dodge County put things out of reach with those three late game goals.

Hockey Hullaballoo
Jenna Lawry leads the Wildcats with 18 points on 11 goals and seven assists.

The Wildcats (5-10-0) don’t have any games this weekend.  Next Tuesday, January 17 they will head to Rogers Ice Arena to take on the Royals, a Mississippi 8 Conference opponent.

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