December 3, 2021 at 11:43 a.m.
Dani Burgen had two goals and two assists to lead the Wildcats to their first win of the season, a 5-3 triumph over the River Lakes Stars. The Wildcats dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Stars 55-25. Stars goalie Kaydence Roeska kept her team in the game, stopping 50 of the 55 shots she faced, including several spectacular saves.
After a scoreless first period, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard just 36 seconds into the second period. Kayla Bluhm carried the puck out of the Wildcat zone all the way down the left side of the ice with one Stars defender back. Bluhm fired a gorgeous shot from just below the dot in the left circle into the upper right corner of the net to give the Wildcats a lead they never relinquished. Dani Burgen passed the puck to Bluhm to start the play, picking up the lone assist. Three minutes later, Burgen passed the puck from behind the River Lakes net to Dani Brunette standing at on the right doorstep of the crease. Brunette shot quickly and Roeska made the save, but Brunette shoved the rebound through the five hole to double the Wildcat lead to 2-0. The Stars scored a five-on-three power play goal midway through the period to cut the Wildcat in half.
With just over a minute to go in the sconed period, Burgen took a pass from Brooke Klemz and carried the puck out of the Wildcat zone down the right side of the ice. As she crossed over the blue line into the Stars zone, she pushed the puck past the defender in front of her and appeared to float right through defender. She picked up the puck on the other side of the defender and fired a shot that snuck inside the near post to make the score 3-1. River Lakes scored with about 30 seconds left in the period to cut the lead to 3-2. Burgen was tripped from behind a short time later as she came in all alone on the Stars net, but there was no call.
Aly Vogelsang scored at 1:29 of the third period to once again put the Wildcats up by two, with Nora DeVries picking up the assist. But, because of the play of Roeska in the goal, the Wildcats just couldn’t seem to put the Stars away. River Lakes scored a shorthanded goal at 13:37 to once again make it a one-goal game at 4-3. Burgen came through for the Wildcats with a great individual effort to score a power play goal just 16 seconds later and put the Wildcats up 5-3. The Wildcats killed off a couple of late penalties after that and came away with a well-deserved win.
Orono 9, Chisago Lakes 1
The Orono Spartans scored five times in the first period and wen to on to beat the Wildcats 9-1 last Saturday, November 27 at Chisago Lakes Arena, handing the Wildcats their biggest margin of defeat in several years. Tianna Ritter scored for the Wildcats in the second period to spoil the shutout, assisted by Rilee Winters. The Spartans outshot the Wildcats 30-21 for the game.
Chisago Lakes 14, Mahtomedi 6
Dani Burgen had the most prolific game of her storied career with the Wildcats, scoring six goals and adding two assists as the Wildcats crushed the Mahtomedi Zephyrs 14-6 Tuesday, November 30 at the St. Croix Rec Center in Mahtomedi. Two of Burgen’s teammates had six point each: Dani Brunette had two goals and four assists and Rilee Winters scored once and added five assists. The Wildcats outshot the Zephyrs 58-21 in the surreal game.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. The Wildcats erupted for nine goals in the second period and led 11-4 going into the second intermission. The game was somewhat chippy, with each team picking up eight penalties. The Wildcats scored four power play goals and held the Zephyrs to two. Eight Wildcat players got on the scoreboard in addition to the three mentioned above. Nora DeVries had three assists. Four players each had a goal and two assists: Kayla Bluhm, Laine DeVries, Aly Vogelsang, and Kaitlyn Hanson. It was the first appearance in a game this season for Hanson, a senior. Syd Kerkow scored a goal, and Brooke Klemz and Tianna Ritter each picked up an assist.