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May 28, 2022

1/21/2022 1:18:00 PM
CL boys defeat Monticello

Chisago Lakes 3, Monticello 1
With the Wildcats and Monticello Moose tied 1-1 midway through the second period, Nick Helland scored a shorthanded goal to put the Wildcats up 2-1.  He added an insurance goal late in the third period to give the Wildcats a 3-1 win over the Moose.  The game was played Friday, January 14 at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Monticello outshot the Wildcats 28-18 for the game, and Wildcat goalie Jack Hanson was up to the task, stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced.

 Nate Bluhm scored at 4:12 of the first period, assisted by Cullen Dorcas and Ashton Edson, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  The Wildcats handed the Moose a great chance to tie it up by taking two penalties just a minute apart with less than five minutes to go in the first period.  Just as the 5-on-3 minute in the middle of the long power play expired and the fourth Wildcat player was skating back onto the ice, Monticello had a great scoring opportunity.  They sent a pass from the right circle to a wide-open player at the bottom edge of the left circle, and he one-timed it toward the inside of the left post.  But Hanson had anticipated the pass and slid from right to left, making the save to keep the game tied at 1-1.

 The Wildcats took a five-minute major for boarding four minutes into the second period.  This time the Moose took advantage on the long power play, scoring at 5:58 to tie the game at 1-1.  With 30 seconds left on the power play, Monticello made a bad line change that led to a Wildcat shorthanded scoring opportunity.  Ryan Schmidt sent the puck to Nate Bluhm in the right circle, and Bluhm made a short pass to Helland in the low slot.  Helland sent a quick shot along the ice toward the right side of the net.  The goalie was partially screened and never saw the puck as it slid inside the right post to put the Wildcats up 2-1.

 After the second intermission, the Moose came out flying and dominated the first four minutes of the third period, nearly tying things up with a shot that hit the crossbar.  But the Wildcats withstood the onslaught, and the game settled back into back-and-forth play.  At 15:10, the Wildcats won a faceoff in their own end.  Schmidt fired a long pass to Helland, who had snuck behind the Monticello defense and was waiting all alone at the Moose blue line.  He skated in alone and, from about ten feet out, buried the puck in the back of the net to give the Wildcats some breathing room and a 3-1 win.  Wildcat head coach Cory Lushanko was pleased with the win over a perennial Wildcat nemesis.  He said “We played well, and it was nice to get this win.  We swept the season series against Monticello 2-0, and that doesn’t happen very often.”
 
Hockey Hullaballoo
The Wildcats (10-3-1) will play the Becker/Big Lake Eagles (2-12-0) tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena.  Next Tuesday, January 25 the Wildcats will remain at home to try to extinguish the visiting Pine City Dragons (6-12-0) in a 7 p.m. game.





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