12/19/2019 3:14:00 PM 'Cats working through tough stretch
Chisago Lakes 7, SFNB 2 Dani Burgen scored four goals – her first hat trick of the season – to lead the Wildcat girls’ hockey team to a 7-2 thumping of the SFNB Fighting Saints Tuesday, December 10 at Chisago Lakes Arena. Jenna Lawry assisted on all four of Burgen’s goals and scored a goal of her own, assisted by – you guessed it – Burgen. The Wildcats dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Saints 51-23. Wildcat goalie Anna Kittleson stopped 21 of the 23 shots she faced to pick up the win.
In the first period, Burgen scored, Lawry scored and then Burgen scored again to put the Wildcats up 3-0. In addition to the Lawry and Burgen assists, Malia Mckinnon assisted on the first two goals and Kaitlyn Hansen assisted on the final goal of the period. Grace DeVries scored midway through the second period, assisted by Claire DeVries and Megan Bye. Burgen scored a minute later, assisted by Lawry, to boost the Wildcat lead to 5-0. Just over six minutes into the third period, the Saints made a little noise as Brooke Stearns scored twice just 18 seconds apart to cut the Wildcat lead to 5-2. But Burgen scored less than a minute later, assisted by Lawry and Grace DeVries, to extend the lead to 6-2. And Lane DeVries scored an unassisted goal with a few minutes left in the game to make the final score 7-2.
River Lakes 4, Chisago Lakes 1 Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Wildcats. The River Lakes Stars broke a scoreless tie with three goals in the second period – including a shorthanded goal – and went on to beat the Wildcats 4-1 on Friday, December 13 at Chisago Lakes Arena. Jenna Lawry scored for the Wildcats at 9:12 of the third period, assisted by Malia Mckinnon, to cut the Stars’ lead to 3-1. But the Stars scored another shorthanded goal a few minutes later to restore the three-goal margin, and the Stars hung on for the win. The Wildcats actually outshot the Stars 32-22 for the game.
Hockey Hullaballoo As mentioned last week, Wildcat sophomore Dani Burgen flies out tonight as part of the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team that will play in the 2020 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship from December 26 through January 2 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Wildcats were off to a 5-0 start this season but are 1-2-2 since the schedule toughened up. The tougher schedule will help them to prepare for a tough section tournament.
The Wildcats don’t play again until the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic at the Super Rink in Blaine that kicks off with a game against Delano/Rockford at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 30.