Hockey Moms II

Due to a continuing demand for complete and high quality journalism – OK, mostly as a result of multiple competing venues – this blog site has had to take on additional staff. Friday night, while existing staff felt bound to cover the girls’ basketball against Little Falls [Editor’s aside: You may recall the report on the game indicated our fans’ appreciation for the Flyers. Additional staff research discovered that while the Cardinals beat them twice by well over 20 points, the Flyers played the other conference juggernauts, Fergus and Sartell, to very close games.], there was a major alumni gathering taking place in St. Cloud the very same night. Accordingly, . . .

Sue “Scoop” Justice was put on the payroll and immediately dispatched to the Granite City. “Scoop” was sent to cover the Gustavus-Adolphus – The College of St. Benedict women’s hockey game. The Gusties feature “Scoop’s” daughter, Danielle (now a junior), in goal, while freshman Ally Nielsen is a starting forward for St. Ben’s. What they have in common, of course, is that they were teammates on Alex’s 2008 state championship team. Also “in town” that day from that team was Ashley Holmes, whose North Dakota Sioux were playing at St. Cloud State. The following photos and captions are “Scoop’s” initial contribution to the Alex sports blog [Editor’s note: While “Scoop” is a noted photo-journalist, she is also noted as the mother of Danielle “Roadblock,” the spouse of Teddy Hockey, and the daughter of Jerry Hockey]:

[Before “Scoop” begins, a recently obtained photo of that 2008 team was submitted by another hockey mom, Marnee’ Herd, also a part-time stringer for this site, and whose daughter  Shanee’, a sophomore, is a 4-year starter on defense this year.  Of those mentioned in this article, Danielle is sitting far right, Ally is standing 5th from left, Ashley is sitting 5th from right, and Shanee’ is sitting 3rd from right.]

We met up with Ryan and Jodie Houfburg, parents of Ashley Holmes, at Granite City Brewery in St Cloud before the game. Ashley and her UND team were playing SCSU at the same time as Danielle and Ally’s teams were playing over at the MAC.
L-R: Ted, Sue, Ryan, a friend of Houfburg’s, Jodie, and Jerry.

Ally, #10 for St. Ben’s Blazer during the first period. The score remained 0-0 until less than a minute left when the Gustie’s puck finally hit the back of the net. Shots were GAC 17, CSB 4.

We reunited with Jeanne Nielsen and her son, Josh, between 1st and 2nd periods. Mitch was away on a business trip.

Ally demonstrates why she is on the Blazer’s offensive first line.

The third period started with the Gusties ahead 3-0. Five minutes later Ally was credited with an assist on the only goal, a breakaway, on Danielle.

David’s [“Scoop’s” son] girlfriend, Kelsey Kennedy, no relation to JFK, is on the Gustie’s first line of defense.

Ted.  [“Scoop’s” caption is a tad light here.  Teddy Hockey is the frozen water equivalent of Basketball Dan.]

Danielle in ready-for-anything-hit-her-way position had only 8 shots on her thanks to the incredible defense and the spectacular offense teammates in front of her.  [OK Mom, and she’s pretty good, too!]

And then it got ugly. The Blazers racked up 6 more penalties in the third period. The Gusties scored three times on their power plays.

Another penalty.  [Good shot though!]

My son, Kevin, worked the time clock and the Blazer’s penalty box. He was kept busy as they had 12 penalties. I wonder if he got any phone numbers?

Blazer’s goalie suffering from having 60 shots on her.

Enough said.

Post-game Grandad [Jerry Hockey] and Danielle [Roadblock].

Posing [Roadblock] with her Mom [Scoop].

Ally Nielsen and Danielle after the game. Win or lose they are still great friends.

Thanks, “Scoop!”

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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