2/14/2019 3:25:00 PM 'Cats split two ahead of season finale
Monticello 5, Chisago Lakes 2 Monticello built a three-goal lead through the first two periods and traded goals with the Wildcats in the third period, beating the Wildcats 5-2 last Saturday, February 9 at Moose Sherritt Arena in Monticello. The game featured 18 penalties, including 11 on the Zephyrs and seven on the Wildcats. The Wildcats inability to cash in on power plays – they went one-for-ten with a man advantage – contributed significantly to the loss. In the second period alone, there were ten penalties. Only about five minutes of the 17-minute period were skated at full strength for both teams.
The Magic didn’t waste any time, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the game – including a power play goal – to take a 2-0 lead. They scored another power play goal midway through the second period to stretch their lead to 3-0.
Nathan Caudill got the Wildcats on the board at 4:32 of the third period, assisted by Jonny Bodell and Alex Bachmeier. The Magic got that one back with a shorthanded goal just three minutes later. Jackson Waltman scored a power play goal for the Wildcats at 13:38 to cut the Monticello led to 3-2. The Wildcats continued to press, but the Magic clinched it with a goal at 15:12 to make the final score 5-2. With the loss, the Wildcats ended up splitting the season series with the Zephyrs, having beaten them 5-3 at home in early December. Chisago Lakes 7, Cambridge-Isanti 0 Johnny Bodell had two goals and two assists to lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 bashing of the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets Monday, February 11 at Isanti Ice Arena. The Bluejackets outshot the Wildcats 27-20 for the game. Despite only having 20 shots, it seemed like everything just went in for the Wildcats. Wildcats goalie Brooks Stangl stopped all 27 shots he faced to pick up his fourth shutout of the season.
The Wildcats scored once in the first period and really put the game away with four goals in the second period – including two goals 21 seconds apart. they added two more in the third to make the final tally 7-0 Five players scored goals in addition to Bodell: Jackson Waltman, Thomas Overgaard, Alex Bachmeier, Nathan Caudill and Logan Bjorkman. Sam Helland had two assists. Picking up one assist apiece were Alex Walden, Tate Swanson, Dawson Overgaard, Caudill and Justin Lawry.
Hockey Hullaballoo The Wildcats (13-11-0) play their final regular season game tonight, hosting the St. Francis Fighting Saints at Chisago Lakes Arena at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are just half a game ahead of the Saints in the Mississippi 8 Conference standings, in eighth place.