2/20/2014 3:23:00 PM At 17-8, Wildcats will head into Section 5A as top seed
by CHUCK FITZER
Chisago Lakes 9, Cambridge-Isanti 0 Trevor Lushanko scored a hat trick and playmaker Blake Lizotte had two goals and three assists as the Wildcats crushed Cambridge-Isanti 9-0 last Thursday, February 13 at Chisago Lakes Arena. The win gave the Wildcats an 8-3 record in the Mississippi 8 Conference, good for third place in the final conference standings.
The frustrated Bluejackets got a little chippy and were called for nine penalties versus just four penalties for the Wildcats. And the Wildcats took made the most of the man advantage, scoring four time in eight power play opportunities. The Wildcats certainly made their shots count, as they scored their nine goals on just 27 shots. Wildcat goalie Jake Dubose notched his fifth shutout of the season by stopping all 14 shots he faced. Ryan Chambers scored two goals for the Wildcats and also had an assist.
Billy Knaak got the Wildcats on the board with a goal just two minutes into the first period and later added an assist. Chase Heiskala scored his first goal of the season. Brandon Gillespie had two assists. Zach Lambrecht, Zack Williamson, Louis Kastenbauer and Landon Lushanko also had assists. The assist was the first point of Williamson’s career.
SECTION PLAYOFF PREVIEW The Wildcats (17-8-0 overall) received the number one seed in this season’s Section 5A playoffs. They were undefeated in section play at 6-0-0. In tonight’s section semifinal matchup, they will take on North Branch, who beat Pine City 3-2 this past Tuesday, February 18. The Wildcats have beaten North Branch twice already this season. If the Wildcats win tonight, as expected, they will host the winner of tonight’s game between fourth-seeded Proctor and fifth-seeded Providence Academy this Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena. If the Wildcats don’t look past this matchup and play a solid game, they should beat either team.
Both teams, however, present some unknowns. Proctor’s overall record was just 7-18-0, but they were 4-2-0 in section play. Against common opponents, the Wildcats were 4-3 (they played Princeton twice) and Proctor was 1-5 The website minnhock.com ranks the Wildcats’ schedule as tougher than Proctor’s, and also ranks the Wildcats well ahead of Proctor in the overall rankings. Providence Academy was just 6-18-1 overall, but didn’t play any games against Section 5A opponents. And they played just six road games. The Wildcats and Providence Academy had just one common opponent – St. Paul Johnson. The Wildcats shut out Johnson 3-0 and Providence Academy split two games with Johnson. minnhock.com ranks the strength of the two teams’ schedules as nearly identical and gives the Wildcats a clear edge in the overall rankings.
If the Wildcats win their game this Saturday, they will play the winner of Saturday’s likely matchup between Spring Lake Park and Princeton next Thursday at 7 p.m. at Isanti Ice Arena. Assuming the Wildcats make it to the section championship game, we will preview that matchup in next week’s Press.