|1/9/2020 3:01:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes goes 1-1-1 against prestigious hockey schools
Bloomington Jefferson 4, Chisago Lakes 1
Despite missing leading scorer Dani Burgen, who was with the U18 National Team for the World Championships in Slovakia, the Class A Wildcats hung with the Class AA Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars in the semifinal game of the Silver Division of the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic. But the Jaguars exploded for four goals in the third period to beat the Wildcats 4-1. The game was played at the Super Rink in Blaine on New Year’s Eve.
Jenna Lawry scored a power play goal at 10:25 of the first period, assisted by Dylan Grilz, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. After two periods, the score was still 1-0. Shots were nearly even, with Jefferson holding a 20-19 edge. Wildcat goalie Anna Hanson had stopped all 20 shots she had faced. But the Jaguars poured it on in the third period, outshooting the Wildcats 12-4. Jefferson scored twice in the first three minutes to go up 2-1. The Wildcats hung in there as they worked for the tying goal, but the Jaguars scored at 12:24 to go up by two and added another goal with seven seconds to go to make the final score 4-1.
Chisago Lakes 2, Mahtomedi 2 (O.T.)
The Wildcats led 2-1 late in the third period over the Mahtomedi Zephyrs and were seemingly headed for a win in the third-place game at the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic. But the Zephyrs scored with six seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and, after a scoreless overtime, the Wildcats had to settle for a 2-2 tie.
Jenna Lawry scored both goals for the Wildcats. She scored an unassisted shorthanded goal about four minutes into the first period to put the Wildcats up 1-0. The score held until Mahtomedi scored a tying goal four minutes into the third period. Lawry scored her second goal of the game at 11:49, assisted by Laine DeVries, and it looked like the Wildcats would come away with the win. But the very late goal by the Zephyrs tied the game at 2-2, and that’s how it ended. Shots for the game were nearly even, with the Wildcats holding a 30-29 edge. Wildcat goalie Anna Hanson stopped 27 of the 29 shots she faced.
Chisago Lakes 4, Orono 3
The Wildcats built a 3-0 lead early in the second period over the Orono Spartans and survived a spirited comeback attempt by the Spartans to come away with a 4-3 win last Saturday, January 4 at Chisago Lakes Arena
Claire DeVries scored the first goal of the game at 12:28 of the first period, assisted by Malia Mckinnon and Dani Burgen. Not to be outdone by her sister, Laine DeVries put one in the net two minutes later to increase the Wildcat lead to 2-0. Elyse Wilton picked up the assist on Laine DeVries’ goal. And when Dani Burgen, assisted by Dylan Grilz, scored three minutes into the second period, it looked like the Wildcats were headed toward a decisive win.
But Orono had other ideas. They scored a power play goal three minutes later and added another score with 49 seconds left in the period to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-2. Jenna Lawry scored an unassisted goal at 7:18 of the third period – her fourth goal in the last three games – to again give the Wildcats a two-goal cushion. And they would need it, as the Spartans scored at 11:41 of the period to again pull within one. But the Wildcats took control after that and came away with a 4-3 win. Each team had 33 shots in the game and Wildcat goalie Anna Hanson stopped 30 of the 33 shots she faced.
Dani Burgen certainly had a thrilling experience in the championship round of the 2020 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia, skating on the first line in both games. In the semifinal game on January 1, the U.S. defeated Russia, 3-0, to advance to the gold-medal game. And in the gold-medal matchup with Canada on January 2, the U.S. used an overtime game-winner from Kiara Zanon and 31 saves from Skylar Vetter to claim gold in thrilling fashion.
This past Tuesday, January 7 against SFNB, all four DeVries sister and their cousin, Malia Mckinnon, started and skated the first shift of the game. The fifth DeVries girl, six-year-old Rose, led the team out onto the ice before the game, skating to center ice with the Wildcat flag. In next week’s Press, we will let you know at more about the five DeVries sisters – and Mckinnon – in a feature article.
The Wildcats (9-3-3), ranked sixth in Class A, will head to Princeton tomorrow night– their third game in four days – to take on the Tigers in a conference matchup at 7 p.m. And next Monday, January 13, the Wildcats will head to Drake Arena in St. Paul to play St. Paul United at 7:30 p.m.