|11/19/2021 1:56:00 PM|
'Cats will take time to get rolling
Rosemount 6, Chisago Lakes 0
Never let it be said that Wildcat girls’ hockey head coach Dave Burgen eases his team into the season or plays a weak schedule. The Wildcats, ranked sixth in Class A in the Let’s Play Hockey preseason poll that was published this past Tuesday, opened the season against the Rosemount Irish, ranked 18th in Class AA. And the Irish certainly gave the Wildcats a wakeup call, shutting them out 6-0. The game was played Thursday, November 11 at Rosemount Community Center.
Rosemount led 2-0 after two periods and had outshot the Wildcats just 23-17. But they poured it on in the third period, scoring four goals on 15 shots while holding the Wildcats to just four shots.
Simley 5, Chisago Lakes 4 (O.T.)
Simley’s Ella Tuccitto scored an unassisted goal at 2:07 of overtime to give the Spartans a 5-4 win over the Wildcats Saturday, November 13 at Chisago Lakes Arena, spoiling the Wildcats’ home opener.
After Simley took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the first period, freshman Nora DeVries scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 10:25 to tie the game at 1-1. The Spartans responded with a power play goal three minutes later to go up 2-1 after one period. Senior Dani Burgen scored a power play goal at 1:18 of the second period, assisted by senior Dani Brunette, to tie the game at 2-2. Simley scored twice to go up 4-2 before Brunette scored at 12:45 to cut the Spartan lead to 4-3 after two periods. Burgen and DeVries picked up assists on the goal.
Rilee Winters, a senior who transferred from Blake after her sophomore season and sat out last year, scored the game-tying goal at 7:25 of the third period, assisted by DeVries and senior Kayla Bluhm, to tie the game for the third time at 4-4. It was the first goal as a Wildcat for Winters, who is committed to play hockey at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities next season.
Senior forward Dani Burgen was named to the StarTribune’s All-Metro Dream Team earlier this week.
After opening at Rosemount, the Wildcats are scheduled to play five straight home games. Tomorrow night, they will host the twelfth-ranked Breck Mustangs at Chisago Lakes Arena at 5 p.m. And on Monday, they will welcome the ninth-ranked River Lakes Stars to town for a 6 p.m. game.