1/16/2020 4:19:00 PM 'Cats take care of business against overmatched Bluejackets
Chisago Lakes 5, Cambridge-Isanti 2 A second-period penalty shot goal by the Wildcats’ Nick Helland highlighted a penalty-filled 5-2 win over the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets last Thursday, January 9 at Isanti Ice Arena. The Wildcats built a 5-0 lead through the first two periods with goals from five different players. They outshot the Bluejackets 48-18 for the game.
Ashton Edson his first goal of the season just 42 seconds into the first period, unassisted, to give the Wildcats a lead they would never relinquish. Chase Mehlhorn put one in the back of the net with three-and-a-half minutes left in the period, assisted by Karston Edson, to double the Wildcat lead to 2-0.
Helland’s penalty-shot goal came at 2:17 of the second period. Less than a minute later, Zach Walden scored an unassisted goal to make it 4-0. It was Walden’s first goal of the season. Thomas Sargeant scored the final Wildcat goal six minutes into the period to put the Wildcats up by five, with Tucker Bakken picking up the assist. Cambridge made some noise with two goals early in the third period, but the Wildcats shut them down after that and won by three.
The game featured 22 penalties – ten on the Wildcats and 12 on the Bluejackets. One Bluejacket player got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he had already been in the box for 30 seconds for a previous penalty because he just couldn’t keep his emotions in check. The teams ended up with 15 power plays between them – which took up over half of the game’s ice time – yet there was only one power play goal in the game. Even though the Wildcats won, the coaches were not proud of it. They did not want to talk about this one.
Hockey Hullaballoo The Wildcats (5-7-0) will head up to Two Harbors tonight to take on North Shore at Lake County Arena at 6 p.m. North Shore is a cooperative team between three schools: Cook County, Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Tomorrow night, the Wildcats will return home to face one of the top teams in the section, the Monticello Magic. The game will get underway at 7 p.m. And next Tuesday, January 21, the Wildcats will battle Minnehaha Academy at 4:45 p.m. at Minnehaha Ice Arena in Minneapolis. The game is early because a Minnehaha Academy girls’ game will follow.