|1/21/2022 1:19:00 PM|
'Cats claw past Northern Edge
Chisago Lakes 4, Northern Edge 1
In the first of two meetings this year, Wildcat Ashton Edson scored at 12:48 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie with the Stars. The Wildcats added two more goals for a final score of 4-1. The Wildcats outshot the Stars 25-21 for the game, and both Wildcat goalie Jack Hanson and Stars goalie Jake Kolb made some nice saves to keep their teams in the game.
Before the crowd had a chance to get settled in their seat, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard. Nick Helland scored at 3:13 of the first period, assisted by Owen Garvey, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. In this tightly played game, neither team had a lot of great scoring opportunities when they were five-on-five. The Vikings were called for checking from behind four minutes into the second period, and ninety seconds later added a hooking penalty. They killed off all five minutes of the ensuing Wildcat power play, including two minutes of five-on-three, holding the Wildcats to two shots. The Wildcats set up several good scoring opportunities during the power play, but they either fanned on their shots or their shots missed the net.
The Vikings finally broke through at 15:35 of the second period, taking advantage of a three-on-two situation. Carsen Thorson scored, assisted by Owen DuBois, to tie the game at 1-1. The scored remained tied until 12:48 of the third period, when Edson scored on a breakaway to put the Wildcats up 2-1. Cullen Dorcas and Timothy Madden picked up assists on Edson’s goal. Helland sealed the win for the Wildcats with a goal at 15:42, assisted by Ryan Schmidt and Cam Stangl. Helland picked up the Wildcats’ first penalty of the game with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after scoring the goal. The Stars pulled the goalie to create a six-on-four situation for the last 1:18 of the game, but Schmidt scored an empty netter for the Wildcats with 42 seconds remaining to make the final score 4-1.
While Stars coach Jacob Mars was not happy with the loss, he was pleased with how his team played against a quality opponent. He said “We played our style of hockey – fast, physical, simple. We took care of the defensive zone and had solid breakouts. We continued to play well for the rest of the week.”