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January 23, 2020

12/6/2019 12:01:00 PM
Burgen pots tying goal with seconds left, earning a tie with Minneapolis

Chisago Lakes 3, Minneapolis 3 (O.T.)
With the Wildcats trailing 3-2 to the Minneapolis Novas, Dani Burgen scored with 2.8 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 3-3.  Neither team scored in overtime, so the game ended in a tie.  The teams played Monday, December 2 at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.

The Wildcats had pulled goalie Anna Hanson for an extra attacker late in the third period in a bid to tie things up.  The teams lined up for a faceoff at center ice with 17 seconds left remaining.  The Wildcats won the faceoff, pushing it forward into the Nova zone along the right boards just over the blue line.  The puck came out of the zone.  Grace DeVries went hard to the puck, got a hold of it, skated into the zone  and sent a bouncing pass to Burgen at the top of the left circle.  Burgen settled the puck and quickly sent a shot towards the net.  It went through the five-hole with 2.8 seconds left on the clock, enabling the Wildcats to avoid a loss against a quality section opponent.

The Wildcats made the most of their power play opportunities, scoring twice in three chances.  Kayla Bluhm scored the first power play goal with four minutes left in the first period, assisted by Syd Boyle and Kaitlyn Hansen, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  The Novas scored with just over a minute left in the period to tie the game at 1-1.  The Wildcats re-took the lead just two-and-a-half minutes into the second period on a power play goal by Megan Bye, with assists going to Burgen and Claire DeVries.  But the Novas scored twice in the middle of the period to go up 3-2, setting the stage for Burgen’s late-game heroics.  Burgen’s goal changed the momentum of the game.  The Wildcats dominated overtime and even had a power play opportunity but weren’t quite able to pull out the win.

“We came out flat in this one,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “We looked like we hadn’t practiced as a team in a week.  And in reality, because of weather issues and the holiday, we actually hadn’t practiced in a week.  It’s a game we easily could have lost.  To get out of there with a tie instead of a loss was huge, especially since it could affect section playoff seeding at the end of the season.”

The Novas outshot the Wildcats 36-26 for the game.  Wildcat goalie Anna Hanson stopped 33 of the 36 shots she faced.
Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats (5-1-1) will take on Osseo/Park Center in a non-section, non-conference matchup tomorrow night at Dick Vraa Ice Arena in Osseo at 7 p.m.   Tuesday, December 10, they will play conference foe St. Francis/North Branch at East Bethel Ice Arena at 7 p.m.

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