Tough One

The girls hockey team came out flying last night against their latest consortium opponent, the Sartell-St. Stephen/Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm’n Sabres (Sartell is the Sabres part, Sauk Rapids the Storm). The Cards totally dominated the first place team in the conference (their only loss was to Alex, 5-2, at their place in the third game of the season) in the first period and had a 10-3 shot advantage. The 2nd period was much of the same, and finally Shelby Iverson scored to give the Cards a 1-0 after 2 periods. Then a funny thing happened. The teams totally reversed their roles. The Cards appeared exhausted and the Storm’n Sabres took over the game. (There was no mention by the hockey parents around us, but we had to wonder whether they were feeling all right. Illness has been going the school – Claire Illies played in the Tuesday game but her parents said she felt awful, and last night only two of the five cheerleaders were there because of illness.) The Storm’n Sabres have a Division I prospect who we held totally in check in the first two periods, but Kendra Rasmussen took over the third. She is the real deal, and only a junior. She has been averaging two goals a game this season, and she scored twice in the 3rd. Her 2nd came shortly after Shelby had scored again for the Cards giving us a brief 2–1. The game went into OT, but there was little question which team was going to win – the momentum was all with the Storm’n Sabres. Shortly into OT, the Cards got a penalty, and Rasmussen scored the game winner (and a hat trick for her) almost immediately.

Super Fan attendance has been falling. Last night some of the hockey moms came over and sat with us because we looked lonely. Dusty did arrive at game time, and Karen Meuwissen came with daughter Beth Rindy (from last year’s team), who was still on holiday break from Bemidji State. We’ll keep cheering the team on, and we still like their chances come tournament time.

After a good showing at the Roseau Holiday tournament, the boys hockey team has lost two in a row. Last night at Sartell, 6-3. Their record is now 4-8.

The comeback story of the year is the boys basketball team. They started the season 0-3 and looked dead in the water. After beating St. Cloud Tech, 59-50, on the road last night, they have now won four games in a row. The girls basketball team takes their unbeaten record to Apollo tonight. They are tied with Sartell for 1st place, as Sartell just defeated Fergus, the other previously unbeaten conference team.

p.s. Shoulda known something bad was going to happen last night – forgot my camera! Another sign of onrushing senility.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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