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December 11, 2019

11/29/2019 3:25:00 PM
'Cats drop first game of the season, but move record to 5-1 with two wins

Chisago Lakes 2, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City (CIMP) 1
The Wildcat girls hockey team outshot CIMP 38-19 – exactly a 2-1 margin – and, fittingly, won the game 2-1.  CIMP scored with 30 seconds left in the first period as the Wildcats were working to kill off a five-minute power play.  Jenna Lawry scored four minutes into the second period to tie the game at 1-1, assisted by Dylan Grilz and Dani Burgen.  Megan Bye scored the go-ahead goal a couple of minutes later, with assists going to Grilz and Lawry.  The Wildcats kept up the pressure the rest of the game and hung on for the win.  The game was played Tuesday, November 19 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Anna Kittleson stopped 18 of the 19 shots she faced for the Wildcats.  CIMP goalie Jordan Millam kept her team in the game by stopping 36 of the 38 shots she faced.
Chisago Lakes 10, Hastings 1
When Dani Burgen scored just seven seconds into the game against Hastings and the Raiders responded with a goal 36 seconds later, it looked like the game would be a barnburner.  But Jenna Lawry and the rest of the Wildcats quickly turned it into a blowout.  Lawry scored three straight goals – a pure hat trick – and all three goals were assisted by Burgen and Claire DeVries.  The Wildcats scored six more in a row and came away with a 10-1 win.

The Wildcats only outshot the Raiders 30-25 for the game.  But while the Raiders would have been better off with a traffic cone in the net, Wildcat goaltender Anna Hanson was superb, stopping 24 of the 25 shots she faced.    Megan Bye had two shorthanded goals for the Wildcats.  Kaitlyn Hanson had two goals, including one shorthanded goal.  Burgen had a total of six points, on two goals and four assists.  Lawry had five points, on three goals and two assists.  Claire DeVries also had four assists.  Laine DeVries had the other goal for the Wildcats.  Other players with assists include Kayla Bluhm (1), Bye (1) and Syd Boyle (2).
Mahtomedi 5, Chisago Lakes 2
The Mahtomedi Zephyrs scored three goals in the second period – including two on the power play – to beat the Wildcats 5-2 this past Monday, November 25 at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center in Stillwater.

The Zephyrs led 1-0 after one period and went up 2-0 with a power play goal less than a minute into the second period.  Jenna Lawry answered with a power play goal just three minutes later, assisted by Dani Burgen and Grace DeVries.  But Mahtomedi scored another power play goal midway through the period and added another goal in the final minute of the period to go up 4-1.  They scored again just over a minute into the third period to go up 5-1.  Claire DeVries scored a few minutes later, assisted by Burgen and Lawry, to make the final score 5-2.  The Zephyrs outshot the Wildcats 27-24 for the game.  Anna Hanson relieved Anna Kittleson in the net early in the third period for the Wildcats and stopped all six shots she faced.
Hockey Hullaballoo
Against Hastings, the last three goals for the Wildcats – two by Megan Bye and one by Kaitlyn Hansen –  were shorthanded, setting a single-game team record for shorthanded goals,  And I doubt you’ll ever again see three shorthanded goals in a row by the same team in a game at any level of hockey, men’s or women’s.

The Wildcats (5-1) have the Thanksgiving weekend off and will jump right back into the fray on Monday, December 2 with a game against the Minneapolis Novas at 7 p.m. at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.  The Novas beat the Wildcats 5-3 in last season’s section semifinals.

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