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January 21, 2019

12/27/2018 2:51:00 PM
'Cats fighting through growing pains in 2018

Princeton 5, Chisago Lakes 4
After the Princeton Tigers scored three straight goals early in the third period to take a 4-2 lead, the Wildcat girls’ hockey team regrouped and put the pressure on.  But their rally ultimately fell short and they lost 5-4 to the Tigers Tuesday, December 18 at Princeton Ice Arena.

The game was a defensive struggle for the first two periods.  Josi Anderson scored to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first period, assisted by Megan Bye and Maddi Klun.  Princeton tied it up with a power play goal five minutes into the second period. But Claire DeVries scored at 10:18 to put the Wildcats back up by one.  Jenna Lawry and Danielle Burgen picked up the assists.

The floodgates opened for the Tigers early in the third period.  They scored three times in the first five minutes to go up 4-2.  The Wildcats battled back, and were rewarded when Lawry scored at 13:05, assisted by Grace DeVries, to cut the Princeton lead to 4-3.  But the Tigers sealed the win with an insurance goal at 16:05.  Malia McKinnon scored, assisted by Lawry, with three seconds left in the game to cut the lead to 5-4, but it was too little, too late and the Wildcats went down to defeat.
Chisago Lakes 2, St. Paul United 2 (O.T.)
Danielle Burgen scored twice in the first period and St. Paul United scored twice in the third period as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday, December 21 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  St. Paul United outshot the Wildcats 6-3 in the overtime, but Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald did her part to preserve the tie by stopping all six shots she faced.

Burgen took advantage of an early power play with an unassisted goal at 5:08 of the first period to put the Wildcats up 1-0.  She added another goal at 14:25, assisted by Jenna Lawry and Megan Bye, to make the score 2-0.  The score stayed that way until the third period.  St. Paul United score six minutes into the period to cut the Wildcat lead to 2-1.  It looked like the lead might hold up, but St. Paul United scored with just two-and-a-half minutes left in the game to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
Delano/Rockford 6, Chisago Lakes 4
The Wildcats rallied from a 3-1 deficit against Delano/Rockford, scoring twice early in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. But the game was tied for just eight seconds, as Delano responded with the go-ahead goal and went on to beat the Wildcats 6-4 on Saturday, December 22 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Wildcats outshot Delano 35-26, but Delano scored six goals on just 26 shots.

Delano scored twice in the first period and added another goal just 90 seconds into the second period to take a 3-0 lead.  The Wildcats started their comeback with a goal by Danielle Burgen at the 11:21 mark, assisted by Laine DeVries, to cut the Delano lead to 3-1 after two periods.  Burgen started the third period goal-scoring frenzy with her second goal of the game, at 3:21, to pull the Wildcats within one.  Jenna Lawry picked up the assist.  At 7:03, Burgen returned the favor by assisting on a goal by Lawry, tying the game at 3-3.  But on the ensuing faceoff, Delano came down the ice and scored, at 7:11, to re-take the lead at 4-3.  Delano added another goal 90 seconds later to go up by two.  The Wildcats pulled their goalie late in the period and it paid off, with Lawry scoring an unassisted goal at 15:53 to cut the lead to 5-4.  But Delano added an empty-netter with 27 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.
Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats (2-9-1) are playing in the Schwan’s Cup Open, American Division, this week.  They played Henry Sibley yesterday, and will play today and tomorrow, as well.  Game times and opponents will depend on the results of yesterday’s game.  Updated scores and schedules can be found by going to   https://www.nscsports.org/schwan-cup-schedules-results and clicking on “Schedules & Results.”

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