The hockey team was at Benson for a semi-final match-up with the Morris-Benson Area Storm. The Storm came in as the No. 2 seed in section 6A by virtue of their gaudy 21-3 regular season record (the Cards were the 3rd seed). They feature some very good players – Dani Schultz lead the state in scoring for the second straight year with 117 points, and her teammate, Sara Rajewski, had 91 points. We heard the game report on the radio on the way home from the girls’ basketball game (where reports on the hockey game were announced periodically).
Less than three minutes into the game, the Storm lead 2-0 on goals by Schultz and Rajewski. Coach Mitch Loch called a time-out. Dave Harris and Bob Cunniff on KXRA noted that may have been the turning point. The Cards started to click and tied it up, 3-3, by the end of the first period. From then on, it was all Cards, particularly in the 3rd, where the team’s depth was too much for the Storm to handle. An 8-3 victory moves the Cards on to the section finals against Fergus Falls, Friday night @ 6:00, in Detroit Lakes. This is the match-up we predicted at the start of the season. We’ll try rounding up the Super Fans for the trip.
Dave and Bob were positively giddy during their post-game report – it was fun to listen to them. They said it was the Cards best game of the year. Maybe their tortuous regular season schedule is paying dividends at just the right time. I don’t recall all the scoring, but Rachel Finley and Shelby Iverson each had two goals (Shelby’s line with the Illies sisters apparently had a great all-around game), I believe Brooke Aaberg had three points from her defense position, and Shanee’ Herd had another goal. The announcers noted the three experienced defensemen (though all still under-classmen) – Brooke, Shanee’, and Heather Hvezda – all played very well.
We lost both regular season games to Fergus – but outshot them both games. Cunniff, in his giddiness, predicted if the Cards play as they did last night, they will be off to the Xcel Center again the following week.
In the absence of photographic evidence from last night, staff ventured deep into the archives and discovered videos so old they weren’t even on YouTube. Here are three videos, on Google’s YouTube equivalent of the time, from a Detroit Lakes game in 2008 where we actually captured some goals – one by Michelle Anez, another by Beth Rindy, and the third just features a beautiful skating exhibition by Michelle:
We went to the basketball game against Rocori. Ruthie was “bribed” (see photo above) and thus felt obligated to make an appearance (she does not like to go to basketball games because “the gym’s too hot.”) [Note to “bribers”: It worked. That was sweet. And the “thank you” note is in the mail!] We were joined by Barb and Roger Riley – it was Barb’s first game of the year, though she admitted having the Alexandria Aces perform at halftime was a contributing factor.
I advised everyone beforehand this would not be a close game. Ruthie, the dark cloud, thought I was jinxing the team. Five minutes into the game she asked if she should leave because she was bad luck – the Cards were struggling mightily on the offensive end, a continuation of their 2nd half play against Bemidji. But I had no qualms – they’re just too good, and they slowly started to find their groove and built a nice lead by halftime. They started the 2nd half with all motors running and totally overwhelmed the Spartans. Wendy was soon able to substitute five players at a time, everybody played, and the highlight was whenever the subs scored (and they almost all did), the starters on the bench led the cheering. The final score was 59-30. Free throw shooting, however, continues to be an issue. It doesn’t help that the crowd moans with each miss (I admit to moaning, too – it’s an inadvertent reflex), but the team just has to regain its confidence from the line and remember they shot them well in mid-season. Joie and Amanda shot well throughout the game. I thought this was Amanda’s best all around game – her best shooting game and she handled the point guard position well when Cara had some foul issues. Next up, hosting DL on Thursday.
[El “Mr. Pasty” Holm]
Oh yeah – and the Aces did perform at halftime. They will also be performing at the ACC men’s championship game in Greensboro, North Carolina – I have no doubt Basketball Dan and Rooogggg will be there for the festivities(?).
Finally, I am delighted to be reporting this morning. Monday morning I returned from the gym, now two days into the BIG Melt (to continue for the rest of the week), to discover snow had fallen from the roof piling up in front of the garage door. I parked the car, got a shovel, and as I was clearing the mess, an avalanche from 20 feet above me showered off the roof. I was struck with a glancing blow – and then muttered about all the additional shoveling I would have to do. As I began, I noticed my glasses in the snow – I hadn’t realized they had been knocked off during the “attack.” I’m probably pretty lucky I didn’t get hit by a direct shot!
Open memo to Abby Williams: I suspect your mother has every intention of joining you on the Beavers forward line next year. I see her everyday at the gym – but while I wander the lap track munching glazed doughnuts, she goes into the “Torture Room,” from whence some never return. She’s starting to look like an Olympic sprinter! 🙂