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March 23, 2018

1/8/2018 10:48:00 AM
Wildcat girls hockey gets on track with two straight wins

Chisago Lakes 3, Osseo/Park Center 2
Jenna Lawry tapped in a rebound at 3:24 of overtime to give the Wildcats a 3-2 win over Osseo/Park Center in the opening game of the Schwan’s Open Cup, American Division, Thursday, December 28 at the Schwan Super Rink.  The win sent the Wildcats to the next day’s semifinal game against the Northern Lakes Lightning.

Osseo got on the scoreboard right away with a goal at 1:23 of the first period.  The game’s next goal didn’t come until late in the second period.  The Wildcats killed off a penalty.  As Danielle Burgen skated out of the penalty box, Jenna Lawry threaded a pass to her.  Burgen caught the pass in stride, raced in on a breakaway and scored at 12:54 to tie the game at 1-1.  The Wildcats took the lead almost exactly one minute later when Burgen picked up a puck from a scrum just outside the crease and flipped the puck over the goalie’s shoulder, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.  Malia Mckinnon and Lawry received assists on the play.

Osseo scored at 1:44 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2 and the score held for the rest of the period.  In the overtime, Burgen and Mckinnon came into the Osseo zone two-on-one with Lawry trailing.  Burgen passed the puck across to Mckinnon, who took a shot.  The puck rebounded to the front of the crease and Lawry pounded it past the goalie to give the Wildcats their third win of the season.

The Wildcats outshot Osseo 42-22 for the game and goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 20 of the 22 shots she faced.

“It was nice to get some confidence by winning the first game of the tournament,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “Osseo/Park Center had just beaten us a week earlier, so we know we can beat teams that have beaten us.  We brought up some older players – sophomores – from the JV to bolster the third line and give us a little more maturity, and they played strong.  Also, we moved Maddy Lundeen back to defense.  Her size and skills made a huge difference back there for us.  She did a good job of finding space to get the puck to neutral ice and give us a release of pressure in our own end.  And we know that, with her experience at forward, she’s not afraid to skate the puck up or jump into a rush.”

Chisago Lakes 4, Northern Lakes 1
In the second game of the Schwan’s Cup, the Wildcats faced the Northern Lakes Lightning, whose goalie had never played a high school hockey game until this tournament.  That explained why the Lightning players dropped to block so many shots.  But the Wildcats scored on four of the 18 shots that did reach the net and came away with a 4-1 win.  The game was played Friday, December 29 at the Schwan Super Rink.  The victory sent the Wildcats to the next day’s championship game at Ridder Arena.

Josi Anderson scored on a breakaway midway through the first period to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.   The Lightning tied it up with two minutes to go in the period.  Skating shorthanded late in the second period, Danielle Burgen sent the puck into the right corner.  Jenna Lawry picked up the puck, skated to the bottom of the right circle and took a tough-angle shot.  The puck hit the goalie in the shoulder and popped into the net to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead at 14:20.  Just over a minute later, Claire DeVries picked up a puck behind the Northern Lakes net and tried to do a backhand wraparound on the left side.  The goalie shut it down, so DeVries grab the rebound, skated around the back of the net and tried a wraparound from the right side.  That one went in and the Wildcats led 3-1 after two periods.  With the Wildcats on a power play midway through the third period, DeVries took a shot from the left side of the ice that ricocheted to the left half wall.  Burgen picked up the puck, walked to the top of the left circle and put a hard, low shot inside the left post to make the final score 4-1.  Wildcat goalie Megan Lerfald stopped 16 of the 17 shots she faced to pick up the win.  And the Wildcats killed off all five Lightning power plays.   

Rochester Mayo 4, Chisago Lakes 2
In the championship game of the Schwan’s Cup, the Rochester Mayo Spartans scored a power play goal with three minutes left in the game to break a 2-2 tie and went on to beat the Wildcats 4-2.  “It was a good tourney,” said Wildcat head coach Dave Burgen.  “We took second for the second year in a row and gained some confidence along the way.”  The game was played Saturday, December 30 at Ridder Arena.

The Spartans outshot the Wildcats 8-3 in the first period, but the game remained scoreless after one.  Mayo scored the game’s first goal at 1:26 of the second period.  Ten minutes later, with the Wildcats on a power play, Maddy Lundeen took a low hard shot from the high slot.  The rebound came straight out front and Kya Linnell, sitting in the low slot, pounced on the rebound and backhanded it into the net to tie the game at 1-1.  At 13:11, the Spartans got a fluky goal.  A shot was deflected up into the air in front of the net.  It hit a Mayo player in the helmet on the way down and went into the corner of the net to put them up 2-1.  The Wildcats tied it up with just over a minute left in the period on a nice individual effort by Jenna Lawry.  She picked up a loose puck at neutral ice and skated into the zone down the right side.  She shot from the top of the right circle and the puck went over the goalie’s shoulder on the glove side and into the net to tie the game at 2-2.

But Mayo scored a power play goal at 14:53 to go up 3-2.  They added another goal about 30 seconds later on a shot from just inside the Wildcat blue line to give themselves a little breathing room.  The Wildcats kept the pressure on and got off a number of quality shots, but the Mayo goalie was up to the task and the Wildcats went down to defeat.

Hockey Hullaballoo
Jenna Lawry leads the Wildcats with eight goals and five assists for 13 total points, followed closely by Danielle Burgen with four goals and eight assists for 12 total points.

The Wildcats (4-11-0) will host Dodge County at Chisago Lakes Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.  They will play again at home on Tuesday, January 9 against St. Francis/North Branch, also at 7 p.m.

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