Chisago Lakes 3, Minneapolis 2 Claire DeVries scored with four minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and send the Wildcats to a 3-2 win over Minneapolis Thursday, January 3 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
Josi Anderson scored four and a half minutes into the first period, assisted by Jenna Lawry and Grace DeVries, to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Minneapolis scored with just 20 seconds left in the period to tie it 1-1. The Wildcats answered just 37 seconds into the second period. Elyse Wilton fed Lawry in the corner behind the Wildcat net. Lawry skated down the right side, crossed the Minneapolis blue line, cut across to the left circle and ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net to put the Wildcats up 2-1. Minneapolis scored to tie it up midway through the period.
Near the end of the period, there was a scramble in front of the Wildcat net – one of those situations where somebody could easily poke a puck into the net. Elyse Wilton froze the puck near the crease with just seven seconds left in the period and was called for a delay of game penalty. But it was the right thing to do. The Wildcats killed off the penalty to start the third period. A minute or so later, Kayla Bluhm came into the Minneapolis zone down the left side two-on-one. She shot from about 15 feet away. The rebound went right to the other Wildcat player. She shot toward the upper right corner, but the Minneapolis goalie snatched it out of the air to thwart a great scoring opportunity for the Wildcats.
But with four minutes to go in regulation, Claire DeVries picked up a loose puck and center ice and skated right down the middle into the Minneapolis zone. She made a couple of quick, nifty mover to avoid the Minneapolis defensemen, got to the doorstep and shot it into the left side of the net for the winning goal. It was a great individual effort by Claire DeVries.
The Wildcats outshot Minneapolis 40-22 for the game. Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald played well, stopping 20 of the 22 shots she faced. Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said “Tonight’s game had major section seeding implications. We are peaking at the right time with for wins in a row. Look out for the Wildcats down the stretch.”
Chisago Lakes 5, Moose Lake 0 The Wildcats are still on a roll. They won their fifth game in a row, crushing the Moose Lake Rebels 5-0. They controlled the game from start to finish and outshot the Rebels 48-14 for the game. The game was played Saturday, January 5 at Chisago Lakes Arena.
Jenna Lawry scored goals in the first and second period to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after two periods. Danielle Burgen and Elyse Wilton assisted on both goals. The only thing keeping Moose Lakes in the game was their goalie, Jo Wekseth, who stopped 29 of the 31 shots she faced in the two periods. But the roof caved in for the Rebels the third period. The Wildcats scored three times: Claire DeVries, assisted by Kayla Bluhm and Malia Mckinnon; Maddi Klun, assisted by Lawry; and Burgen, assisted by DeVries and Lawry. Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped all 14 shots she faced to pick up her third shutout of the season.
Hockey Hullaballoo The Wildcats will welcome the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets to Chisago Lakes Arena tomorrow night for a 7 p.m. game. Next Tuesday, they will head to Albertville Ice Arena to take on North Wright County at 7 p.m.