12/19/2013 12:55:00 PM Chisago Lakes tops Cambridge, but falls to ranked opponents
by CHUCK FITZER
North Wright County 5, Chisago Lakes 3 North Wright County scored to break a 3-3 tie just over four minutes into the third period. The Wildcats put on some pressure in the third period, but couldn’t put on in the net. The Riverhawks sealed the win with an empty-netter with 50 seconds left in the third period to make the final score North Wright County 5, Chisago Lakes 3. The game was played Tuesday, December 10 at Chisago Lakes Arena. Rheanna Duncan scored early in the first period, assisted by Courtney Baugher and Allison Borgstrom, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
They came back to score twice and led 2-1 going into the first intermission. Baugher scored a power play goal at the three minute mark to tie the score at 2-2. Lauren Borgstrom picked up an assist. The Riverhawks scored midway through the period to retake the lead. But Allison Route, assisted by Baugher, scored with three minutes left in the period to re-tie the game. North Wright County scored early in the third period to once again retake the lead and held on for the win. “This game was tight all along,” said Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen. “After they took the lead, we hit a couple of pipes in the third period but couldn’t quite put one away and we ended up with a loss.”
Chisago Lakes 6, Cambridge 2 The Wildcats beat Cambridge-Isanti 6-2 last Friday, December 13 at Isanti Arena. “The goal scoring was spread out among several players,” said Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen. “We got a good all around effort from every line. It was a game where we showed consistent play throughout. We responded well to an away environment.”
South St. Paul 4, Chisago Lakes 2 Visiting South St. Paul’s Brigette Miller scored a shorthanded goal to break a 2-2 tie midway through the third period. The Wildcats kept up the pressure throughout the third period, but the Packers added a shorthanded empty-netter in the last minute of play and skated away with a 4-2 win. The game was played at Chisago Lakes Arena last Saturday, December 14. The Packers scored at the 4:30 mark of the first period to go up 1-0. With one minute left in the period, Courtney Baugher scored, assisted by Allison Borgstrom and Rheanna Duncan, to tie up the game at 1-1. South St. Paul scored at the 4:18 mark of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. But the Wildcats’ Morgan Huberty scored just 44 seconds later to tie it up at 2-2. Amber Ricci assisted on the play.
With the Wildcats skating on the power play at 10:10 of the third period, Miller scored to give the Packers a lead they would not relinquish. “We had our chances,” said Wildcat head coach Jason Mahlen. “We pulled the goalie when they got a penalty with just under two minutes left in the game, so it was basically six on four for the rest of the game. We got a lot of chances against their goalie, but she made some great saves. We then put the puck on the stick of their best scorer and she got the empty netter with seven seconds left in the game. We’ve pulled the goalie four or five times this year and given up empty-netters, so those were essentially one goal losses. We put on a lot of pressure at the other team’s end. Our girls are playing good hockey. We’re playing a lot of ranked teams in Class A and in Class AA. Of course, we have to give those other teams credit. The wins are why they are ranked ahead of us. We need to find a way to be on the other side of it.”
Courtney Baugher has been a nice addition to the Wildcat lineup this season, providing some consistent all around play. Mahlen said “For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had Courtney center Allison Borgstrom and Rheanna Duncan on the first line. Putting those three together has worked out really well. Courtney is an excellent two way center. Both Allison and Rheanna take some real nice shots from their wing spots. They work well together. Courtney is a very solid player for us. And for the last couple of weeks, our starting goaltender, Amanda Shoquist, has been playing some of the best hockey I have ever seen her play. It’s nice to see when a senior really steps it up. She has been very steady.