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'Cats still up and down in 2022
South St. Paul 7, Chisago Lakes 1
On paper, the girls’ hockey game between the Wildcats and the South St. Paul Packers should have been close. But – cliché alert – games aren’t played on paper. The Wildcats took ten penalties in the game to just three for the Packers, so the Wildcats spend a good chunk of the game trying to kill penalties, which tends to tire out ta team. They were only partially successful, giving up three power play goals on nine penalty kill attempts, and lost 7-1. The game was played Saturday, January 8 at Doug Woog Arena in South St. Paul.
Three different Packers scored two goals apiece. For the Wildcats, Dani Brunette scored early in the second period, assisted by Nora DeVries and Brooke Klemz, to cut the South St. Paul lead to 3-1. But the Packers added two more goals before the end of the period and two more in the third period to win going away. The Packers outshot the Wildcats 34-20 for the game.
Chisago Lakes 11, Princeton 1
In their most lopsided performance of the year, the Wildcats outshot the Princeton Tigers 66-5 and outscored them 11-1. The game was played Tuesday, January 11 at Princeton. Dani Burgen and Dani Brunette had three goals apiece to lead the potent Wildcat attack. Freshman Joee Westland had a goal and an assist in the game for her first two career points. Four other players scored goals for the Wildcats: Kayla Bluhm, Laine DeVries, Tianna Ritter, and Rilee Winters. Four players picked up two assists each: Bluhm, Nora DeVries, Brunette, and Mackenna Olson. To round out the scoring, five Wildcats had one assist each: Laine DeVries, Aly Vogelsang, Burgen, Winters and Lauren Schmidt.
Proctor/Hermantown 6, Chisago Lakes 1
If you just look at the score, fourth-ranked Proctor/Hermantown’s 6-1 win over the Wildcats last Thursday, January 13 in Proctor doesn’t look very competitive. Proctor outshot the Wildcats 40-25 for the game and led 3-0 in the second period before the Wildcats even got on the scoreboard.
Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen said “If you saw the tempo, and speed, and physicality with which we played, you saw that we competed well with the defending state champion. This game was the turning point to give us the confidence we needed as we head to a playoff run.”
Dani Burgen had three goals and three assists against Pine City this past Tuesday against Pine City. She now has 247 career points, breaking the Wildcat girls’ career total points record of 242, set by Jenna Lawry last year.
Next week, we’ll give you the full scoop on the Wildcats’ thrilling 8-7 overtime win over Duluth Marshall at home on Saturday, January 15, and also delve into Burgen’s record-breaking performance against Pine City on Senior Night.
The Wildcats (10-9-1) will head to Centennial Sports Arena this Saturday to take on the Centennial/Spring Lake Park Cougars at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, January 25 they will take on the Northern Tier Stars at Isanti Ice Arena at 7 p.m. And at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, they will travel to Paynesville Arena to play the River Lakes Stars at 7:15 p.m.