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October 19, 2018

12/11/2017 10:11:00 AM
Wins tough to come by for young 'Cats

Cambridge-Isanti/ Mora/Pine City (CIMP) 4, Chisago Lakes 3 (OT)
The Wildcat girls’ hockey team played well five-on-five against CIMP, but taking a lot of penalties and not doing well on the penalty kill was their undoing.  CIMP scored on four of seven power play opportunities, including the game winner at 3:20 of the overtime period to beat the Wildcats 4-3.  CIMP outshot the Wildcats 36-13, but Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson outperformed her CIMP counterpart, stopping 32 of the 36 shots she faced, to keep the Wildcats in the game.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena on Tuesday, November 28.

Claire DeVries scored a shorthanded goal at the 15:42 mark of the first period to put the Wildcats up 1-0.  But CIMP answered with a power play goal just 51 seconds later to tie the score at 1-1.  Each team scored a power play goal in the second period.  COMP scored just over two minutes into the period and  Sammie Bever scored for the Wildcats at 12:27, assisted by Megan Bye and Kya Linnell.

DeVries scored a power play goal, with an assist from Danielle Burgen,  five minutes into the third period to put the Wildcats up 3-2.  But CIMP tied it with another power play goal at the 11:40 mark to send the game into overtime.  The Wildcats took a penalty at 2:11 of the overtime and scored the game winner on the power play at 3:20.

North Wright County 8, Chisago Lakes 2
Playing against North Wright County (Monticello and St. Michael-Albertville) two nights later, the story was the same.  The Wildcats took eight penalties to just five for the RiverHawks.  The RiverHawks scored on four of eight power play opportunities and scored four times in the third period to blow open a close game and beat the Wildcats 8-2.  The game was played at Moose Sherrit Arena in Monticello.

The RiverHawks scored just 11 seconds into the first period to take a 1-0 lead.  But Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson stopped the next 15 shots she saw and the Wildcats killed off two power plays to keep the game at 1-0 after one period.  The next three goals in the game were shorthanded.  The RiverHawks scored a shorthanded goal five minutes into the second period to increase their lead to 2-0.   But Jenna Lawry scored a shorthanded goal at the 10:26 mark, assisted by Danielle Burgen, to cut the RiverHawk lead to 2-1.  And Claire DeVries scored an unassisted shorthanded goal just two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.  At that point in the game, the Wildcats had not only killed off all four RiverHawk power play opportunities, they had scored two shorthanded goals and, despite being badly outshot, the game was tied.

But the RiverHawks scored a power play goal just two minutes later to go up 4-3.  They added an even strength goal just a minute after that and led 4-2 after two.  And the floodgates opened in the third period, with three of four RiverHawk goals coming on the power play to make the final score 8-2.

Killing penalties is important, but taking a lot of penalties and having to expend extra energy trying to kill those penalties in the first place can wear a team down.  The RiverHawks had a 40-14 edge in shots, with some of the difference due to the fact that they took a lot of shots on the power play.

Moose Lake 4, Chisago Lakes 1
The Wildcats outshot the Moose Lake Rebels 37-29 when they met on Friday, December 1.  But Moose Lake goalie Maddie Gamst was nearly perfect, stopping 36 of the 37 shots she faced as the Rebels beat the Wildcats 4-1.  The game was played at Riverside Ice Arena in Moose Lake.

The teams battled evenly in the first period and it looked like they would go into the first intermission tied 0-0, but the Rebels took advantage of a Wildcat defensive mistake and scored a power play goal with three seconds left in the period to take a 1-0 lead.  Moose Lake scored again a minute into the second period to go up 2-0.  At the 5:44 mark of the period, Maddie Lundeen scored on the power play, assisted by Jenna Lawry, to pull the Wildcats within one.

But the Rebels scored four minutes later to push their lead back to two.  The Wildcats outshot the Rebels the rest of the way, but Gamst was up to the task and shut down the Wildcat attack.  Moose Lake scored an empty net goal with just over two minutes left in the third period to seal the win.
The Wildcats showed some promise on the penalty kill, allowing just one power play goal in five opportunities for the Rebels.

Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats (1-5) host Princeton tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Next Tuesday, December 12, they will welcome Holy Angels to Lindstrom for a 7 p.m. start.

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