[Hi! Did you miss me? We’ve had a few days off – a lull in the winter sports home schedule, and the Alaska cruise posting was completed (some people actually said they liked it). The supervisor and I went to a couple of movies, a couple of meetings, a caucus, and I sent my feet out for their annual mid-winter sandblasting and belt sanding so they can keep going round and round and round at the Y. p.s. I did notice readership tended to drop off without new postings?]
Last night was Senior Night for the girls’ hockey team. Their last regular season home game. Always a bitter sweet time. We say good-bye to young ladies we have been following for four or five years – back when they were still girls!
We arrived early – in time to catch the last two periods of the JV game. The JV team has some seniors on it too. And we were playing Moorhead – the Spuds always draw a big crowd. The JV game was 0 – 0 after the first period, but the Spuds had a 20 – 6 shots-on-goal advantage. That didn’t sound good, we thought. But our Cards played great the last two periods and won the game 1 – 0. Bailey Serum pitched the shut out from goal. With about 8 minutes left in the game, Sara Schmidt (who will be featured below) won a face-off back to Ellen Lanman, a senior on defense (also featured below) – Ellen’s slap shot was tipped in by Madi Houska for the only goal in the game. The JV’s finished the season with a strong 16-4-3 record.
[And really closed the shots gap too.]
[Ellen Lanman (11), senior, and Taylor Bollman (9), sophmore]
[Rachel Drew (4), sophomore, and Chelsey Klingbeil (29), senior]
[“Where’d it go?”]
[“It’s under there!”]
[Rush hour traffic at the RCC.]
[Rachel starts a break.]
[Sara Schmidt (27), junior, gets off back-to-back shots from the point on the power play.]
[Micaela Swenson (34), freshman, played a terrific game, and Madi Houska (12), junior, was the goal scorer.]
[But at least there’s no checking in girls’ hockey! Collisions, however, are optional.]
[Madi and Micaela have a puck exchange amongst the Spuds.]
[“Let go of me!”]
[Bailey Serum (35), freshman, tends goal under the watchful eye of her bodyguard, Marisa Larson (25), freshman defense.]
[Bailey had a great season.]
[Congrats to Ellen on her hockey career. Maybe the best slapshot on the team, JV or varsity.]
[And then with only 3 minutes left in the game, she took a penalty! 😉 ]
[Madi sneaks up on the Spud goalie with the hidden puck trick!]
[As someone who just points the camera and hopes, I have to admit to being particularly happy with the above three photos of Sara.]
[Ellen and Marisa make one last stand for the defense. Then Ellen turned the keys over to her freshman teammate, who will maintain them for the next three years.]
Senior Night festivities began with a slide show of each of the nine seniors.
[Then their teammates skated over to the fan side of the arena. Each senior came out one at a time, and Marc Illies, PA announcer and father of Becca, read a short bio written by their parents. I tried the best I could to get photos, but the in the dark arena with a telephoto lens, I wasn’t very successful – some didn’t come at all. The girls were uncomfortable out there and tended to look at their feet. I hope the on-ice photographers got some good shots.]
[Steph – yeah, I know, but it was the best of several.]
[Saddle up, ladies.]
[The background poster says thanks!]
[ . . . and the band played on.]
Six seniors were introduced as starters:
Oh, we won! We ended the season with a 12-12-1 record. Not bad after an 0 – 6 start, where we went on the road against big schools (Moorhead, a 6-2 loss) and Twin City schools like Orono and Mound-Westonka (lost to each by one goal), both now ranked in the top 7 in the state. Last night Alia and Britni returned from injuries – and Alia scored two goals! Kalley was in full-unform and went through the pre-game warm-ups but was held out for one more game. We learned the Cardinals received the No. 1 seed in the section, meaning we will have a bye in the first round. We will host a semi-final game on Tuesday, and Kalley is scheduled to play in that game. With everybody healthy, we could do very well.
The opening 5 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_MXBOLpj1I
As it turned out, if I had let the video go for another minute or two, I would have captured the first goal. Melissa Drown on a break down the right side put a shot through the 5 hole.
[Celebrating Melissa’s (6) goal.]
[Shelby (38) and Shanee’ (40), junior training buds and tracksters.]
[Alia’s 1st gooooaaaaallllll!!!]
[Shelby and Becca (37), a winning combination all year.]
[Brooke gets off two shots from the point on a power play.]
[Alia and Taylor]
[Brooke keeping close contact with a Spud.]
[Quinn raises her arms – goooooallllllll!]
[Celebrating Quinn’s goal making it 3 – 0.]
[Heather (22), this shot went in! Goooaaaaallllll!]
[After the Spuds scored, Alia got her second goal and the team’s 5th.]
[After two. Good, fast paced game. Through two periods, the Cards were passing as well as they have all season. Things are looking good! 🙂 ]
The 3rd period began as it so often does in such circumstances. The Cards came out to protect the lead – by playing defense. And play defense they did – for the 1st 10 minutes of the period, the Spuds kept them locked up in their own end, building a shots on goal advantage. The Spuds scored a 2nd goal on a shot that must have deflected off 4 or 5 different shins. The Spuds also had two very fast skaters – and we were nervous whenever they were on the ice. With a 5 – 2 lead, the Cards had a power play – and they had worked them very well all game. This time, however, a puck came loose in center ice and one of the Spud speedsters scooped it up and swooped in on Steph to make the score 5 – 3, a short-handed goal with plenty of time still left. That kick started the Cards to realize the game wasn’t over, and Becca scored late for the final tally.
[Good game, Steph.]
The girls’ basketball team was at Willmar last night. We only beat Willmar by two points at home, so it figured to be a tough game. Our Cards won 54 – 23!! Our record is now 16 – 3. Three more road games before we’re home for the final two. More after postings by the staff photographer.