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February 17, 2020

1/23/2020 2:33:00 PM
'Cats push stretch to four wins in five games

St. Francis 4, Chisago Lakes 2
The St. Francis Saints scored midway through the second period to break a 2-2 tie and the Saints went on to beat the Wildcats boys’ hockey team 4-2 last Tuesday, January 14 at Chisago Lakes Arena.

Tucker Bakken got things going right out of the gate for the Wildcats.  He scored just over a minute into the first period, assisted by Chase Mehlhorn and Karston Edson, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  But Dylan Strate scored twice midway through the period for St. Francis to give the Saints a 2-1 lead after one.  Ryan Schmidt tied it up for the Wildcats with a power play goal at 4:32 of the second period.  Ben Johnson and Isaac Roy picked up the assists.  But Gunnar Grams gave the Saints the lead for good with a power play goal just three minutes later.  Grams added another goal with four minutes left in the game to seal the win.  The Wildcats outshot the Saints 27-25 for the game.
Chisago Lakes 6, North Shore 4
The Wildcats had a long but happy bus trip back from Two Harbors last Thursday night.  Zach Walden’s goal with 90 seconds left in the second period broke a 4-4 tie and the Wildcats went on to beat the North Shore Storm 6-4.  The game was played at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors.

The Storm got on the scoreboard first with a goal at 5:42 of the first period.  But it wasn’t long before the Wildcats took the lead.  Just 28 seconds after the North Shore goal, David Kimlinger scored on the power play, assisted by Ben Johnson and Alex Bachmeier, to tie the game at 1-1.  And at 7:44, Isaac Roy scored to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.  Zach Walden picked up the assist.

When Johnson scored a shorthanded goal five minutes into the second period, assisted by Bachmeier, it looked like the Wildcats were starting to put some distance between themselves and their opponent.  But North Shore came storming back with three goals in a four-minute span to take a 4-3 lead at 9:40 of the period.  The Wildcats regrouped and responded.  Ryan Schmidt scored a power play goal at 12:26, assisted by Kimlinger, to tie the game at 4-4.  And Walden gave the Wildcats the lead for good with his go-head goal at 15:30.  Assists went to Treven Shelton and Ben Jinks.  The Wildcats held off the Storm in the third period.  Isaac Roy’s empty-net goal with 19 seconds left, assisted by Karston Edson, sealed the win for the Wildcats  The Wildcats outshot North Shore 37-27 for the game and Wildcat goalie Will Burgen stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced to pick up the win.
Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats are heating up as the season moves along.  They have improved their record to 7-8-0 overall with four wins in their last five games.

The Wildcats will host the Becker/Big Lake Eagles tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Tomorrow afternoon, they will head up north to take on the Moose Lake Rebels at 5 p.m. at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake.  And next Tuesday, January 28 they will face the top-ranked team in the section, the Pine City Dragons, at 7 p.m. at the Pine City Civic Center.

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