2/7/2019 1:17:00 PM CL heads into sections seeded third
Chisago Lake 4, Totino Grace 1 On Senior Night, sophomore Jenna Lawry and freshman Danielle Burgen had two goals and two assists apiece to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 4-1 win over the Totino Grace Eagles Thursday, January 24 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Wildcats dominated the Eagles, outshooting them 34-17 for the game. Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 16 of the seventeen shots she faced. “We are peaking at the right time,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen. “And the coachability, effort and attitude from the players is outstanding.”
About six minutes into the first period, Malia Mckinnon took a pass from Burgen at the right hashmark and passed it to a wide-open Lawry in front of the net. Lawry tapped it in to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Early in the second period, Elyse Wilton passed the puck to Lawry at the red line. Burgen jumped into the play. Lawry passed the puck to a streaking Burgen. Burgen skated into the Eagle zone. She shot from the top of the left circle. The puck hit the goalie’s glove and trickled into the net to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Midway through the period, Lawry used a Totino Grace defenseman as a screen to score through the five-hole from the top of the right circle. Megan Bye and Burgen assisted. The Wildcats’ final goal of the game came at 2:43 of the third period. Lawry hit Sid Boyle with a pass at the right faceoff dot in the Eagle zone. Bayle shot. The goalie made the save, but Burgen got to the rebound at the right post and tapped it in for a 4-0 lead. The assist gave Lawry 60 points for the season, breaking the sophomore record of – you guessed it – Ally Borgstrom, set in the 2011-2012 season. Buffalo 4, Chisago Lakes 0 The Buffalo Bison outshot the Wildcats just 27-22 when the teams met at Chisago Lakes Arena last Friday night. But four Bison shots went in and Bison goalie Kennedy Sohler stopped all 22 shots she faced to lead Buffalo to a 4-0 win over the Wildcats. Buffalo scored once in the first period, once in the second period and twice in the final period, including a power play goal. The Wildcats had eight power play opportunities in this one, including two five-on-three opportunities in the second period, but didn’t convert. The Bison were one-for-four with the extra attacker.
Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said ”We knew going in this was going to be a tough game against a double-A school that had just beaten seventh-ranked Brainerd. We competed well, but their goalie played a fantastic game and we didn’t get the bounces we needed. But this game is now in the rear view mirror and we are focused on sections.”
Hockey Hullaballoo Sophomore Jenna Lawry reached a career milestone against North Wright County two weeks ago with her 100th career point.
During the Section 5A seeding meeting, the Wildcats and Minneapolis tied 3-3 in the voting for the second seed. Since there are no tiebreakers, they flipped a coin to see who would get the second seed, and Minneapolis won. Section playoffs started last night, when the Wildcats (10-13-1) faced sixth-seeded Academy of Holy Angels last at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. Game results were not available when we went to press. If the Wildcats won last night, they will face the winner of the coin flip, Minneapolis, in a section semifinal next Tuesday, February 12 at Parade Ice Garden. Check out mshsl.org or mngirlshockeyhub.com for updates.