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March 25, 2019

1/31/2019 4:00:00 PM
CL crushes Princeton for the first time in half a decade

Chisago Lakes 7. Princeton 1
The Wildcats hadn’t beaten the Princeton Tigers in at least the last four years, and maybe a lot longer than that.  This season, a week before Christmas, the Wildcats lost 5-4 to the Tigers in Princeton.  But things are clicking on all cylinders for the Wildcats as they head into the playoffs.  The Wildcats came out of the locker room with their skates on fire on Tuesday, January 22 and scored five goals in the first period as they demolished the Tigers 7-1 in front of the home crowd on Parents’ Night at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Jenna Lawry again came up big, picking up her fifth hat trick of the season.  And playmaker Grace DeVries assisted on the Wildcats’ first three goals.

Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said “Assistant coach Kim Gibson had a pregame talk with the girls.  She told them this was a big game for us.  It’s Parents’ Night and we have never beaten them.  Also, she reminded them of the ten-minute staredown the teams had after the national anthem at Princeton earlier this year.  We wanted to get up on them early and take the wind out of their sails.  We needed to put pucks on net and put a little extra energy in every shift.”  So, whether it was momentum, the pregame talk, a desire to beat Princeton or a combination of all three, things definitely clicked early for the Wildcats.

Claire DeVries scored at 1:30 of the first period from the top of the right circle on the Wildcats’ first shot of the game.  Josi Anderson and Grace DeVries had the assists.  The Tigers tied it up three minutes later, but the Wildcats responded with four straight goals before the period was over.  Dylan Grilz hit Lawry in stride with a pass at the Wildcat blue line, Lawry skated to the high slot and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net to put the Wildcats up 2-1 at 6:30 of the period.  Grace DeVries had the other assist.  And with the Wildcats skating shorthanded a minute later, Grace DeVries sent a puck out of the Wildcat zone to open space.  Josi Anderson caught up with it at center ice, blew by two Princeton defensemen and ripped a snapshot into the upper left-hand corner of the net for a 3-1 Wildcat lead.

The Wildcats scored twice in the last minute of the period to effectively put the game out of reach.  A nifty sequence of passes between Danielle Burgen, Lawry and Sid Boyle got the puck to Burgen at the top of the right circle, and she beat the goalie with a shot inside the right post at 16:08.  On the ensuing faceoff, the puck slid to Burgen inside the Wildcat blue line.  Burgen passed to Lawry, who skated into the Princeton zone, faked toward the middle and beat the goalie inside the right post to make it 5-1.  The assist gave Burgen 43 points for the season, breaking the freshman record of 42 points set by Ally Borgstrom in the 2010-2011 season.

Lawry completed her hat trick at the midpoint of the second period with a nice shot from the left faceoff dot, assisted by Malia Mckinnon and Kayla Bluhm.  And less than a minute later, Burgen sent a puck from deep in the Wildcat zone toward center ice.  Megan Bye beat a Princeton player to the puck and scored on a breakaway to make the score 7-1.  The Wildcats had outshot the Tigers 22-7 at that point in the game.   

They ended with a 32-19 shot advantage for the game, and goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 18 of the 19 shots she faced.  And with a six-goal lead after two periods, the Wildcats were rewarded with running time in the third period.

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