CARDS – 3, North Lakes – 2, OT

Last night was the section 6A semi-finals for girls’ hockey at the RCC between our Cards and North Lakes.  I may be wrong on the “North Lakes” part – they are generally referred to as Pequot Lakes, but it is a small conglomerate that also includes Crosby-Ironton, among others (I believe).  The Cards were the No. 1 seed in the section, so last night was our first game in the tournament.  We had played Pequot at home just two weeks ago – I think we were expecting a relatively easy win, but the game ended in a 2-2, after OT.  The Cards held a 45-15 edge in shots on goal in that first game.

Incredibly, last night’s game sounded like a carbon copy.  It was a 2-2 tie, went into OT, but this time Alia Kopischke scored with about a minute and a half left to give the Cards a 3-2 victory.  Again the shots on goal were something like 45-15.  They have a very good goalie!

[The rosters.]

[The program.]

[The fight songs.]

[The “fans.”]

[“Coach” gives the team a pre-game pep talk.]

[ . . . then poses with an “assistant” for a St. Paul photorapher.]

[The supervisor exchanges scouting reports with other Super Fans.]

[The arena fills with fans.]

[The fans are invited to join in on a cheer.]

[The supervisor believes there may have been an unconfirmed roster change.]

[We toast the victors.]

[The venue – that’s “Dangerous” Dan’s red Jag convertible parked at the front door.]

[To “Dangerous” Dan, our next-door neighbor, wish you could have been here.]

[The supervisor leaving the arena – one of the few night’s when we had a little snow.]

OK, by now you’ve probably figured out we weren’t at the hockey game.  Conflicts happen.  A long, long time ago in a place far, far away, we decided to make Valentine’s Day our anniversary.  So, for the past several years we make early reservations at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale for a 4-course dinner, with entertainment by David and Marilyn Bengtson.  At the time we did not realize we were going to have a hockey conflict.  To the supervisor’s credit, we have celebrated past anniversaries by . . . going to girls’ hockey games.  I will admit to sneaking out to the car between courses to check on the game – and I was listening live when Alia scored the winning goal.  Then I went back in and had dessert.

Fortunately, we had a new stringer at the game to provide on-site coverage:

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day and Anniversary celebration last night.

You missed a nail biter last night.  The Alex girls skated hard and peppered the net, but the Pequot Lakes goalie was a wall.  Alia Kopischke scored first in a scrambled in front of the net near the end of the 1st period.  They scored a power play goal to tie it up right away the start of the 2nd period.  We went into the locker room at the end of the 2nd period tied 1-1.  We dominated the play most of the 3rd period and finally with just minutes left, Taylor Ellingson got the puck in the goal during another scramble.  With a 2-1 lead, we were crossing our fingers we could just keep the puck buried in their end.  Unfortunately, on a nice breakaway, PL scored with about 1:30 left.  So, into overtime we go. Again, we dominated but every time the puck went into our end of the rink the crowd collectively held their breath.  With about 2 minutes left of the first overtime, Alia Kopischke scored a pretty goal off a nice pass from Kalley Kragenbring.  Shots on goal were 45 – 15 in our favor.  Yikes!

So, next stop is DL at the MAC in St. Cloud on Friday night at 7:00. I think it could be a good game. Maybe we will see you there – all depends on our boys’ hockey schedule (things are up in the air right now).   ~ Karen Meuwissen, hockey mom (to Beth Rindy from the state championship team) and, incidentally, a marketing and sales instructor at the Alexandria Technical and Community College

Thanks, Karen!  And I presume we will see a rush of Super Fans to St. Cloud on Friday night?

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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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