Looking to Get Their Mojo Back

alexbandc.1936[No, not the high school band, c. 1936 . . .]

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[But our girls’ hockey team.   For the 2nd year in a row, we had missed key players for a Thanksgiving weekend trip to the Cities and were still trying to overcome disappointing losses to two ranked teams down there.  And though we subsequently won against teams we should have beaten, on this night, Friday, December 6, it appeared with the continuing loss of the those players, and other “issues,” the team came out in a total funk against main conference rival, the first place Sartell/Sauk Rapids – Rice Storm’n Sabres.]

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[We knew something was afoot at team introductions.  We were delighted to see Rachel (4) get some pub in her senior year, and she has played terrifically.  But this was not the usual “starting” line-up . . .]

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[Then came Micaela (34) . . .]

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[Then Hanah (11) . . .]

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[Was this a usual line?  We couldn’t remember?]

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[Isn’t this nice getting introductions?  🙂  ]

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[And then . . . team captain Taylor (24) was introduced – on defense?  Taylor played D in her early years but has been a center for at least the last two?]

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[Karina (31) was the one player in her usual spot.]

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[Bailey (35) has been the regular goalie . . .]

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[In the continuing injury absence of Amy.]

From the video at the start of the game, you will hear the confusion among the usually hockey-astute Super Fans.  😉

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyFTUNsid0s

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[Kaitlin (26) and McKenna (28) were getting early ice time.]

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[Bailey’s keeping an eye on things . . .]

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[Then signals a left turn.]

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[Sam (37) and Mel (6) mix it up with the Storm’n Sabres early.]

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[The Cards held their own for most of the 1st period, and only trailed 1 – 0.]

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[Sam . . .]

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[. . . rounds the corner.]

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[Rachel appears to be trying the put on the brakes.  😉  ]

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[Karina]

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[All through the game . . .]

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[We were hoping Taylor would remember she was on defense.  🙂  ]

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[Mel says, “Oh no you don’t!”  May have cost her 2 minutes.  😉  ]

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[Mel and Sam on offense.]

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[I’m sure the coaches just looked on this game as a teaching experience . . .]

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[Because in the 2nd period, the roof fell in?  No. 5 for the Storm’n Sabres was really speedy and went around and through us several times.]

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[Half way through the period, the Storm’n Sabres were up 5 – 0 and seemed to be scoring at will.  The Cardinals called a time out.  You don’t usually use your one time out in the middle of the 2nd period, but it was a good call for a necessary team meeting.]

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[We started playing better then.]

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[But either their goalie is really good, or was just having a hot night, we just couldn’t get anything by her.]

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[We were getting more scoring opportunities.]

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[Here Mel solos in . . .]

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[And she’s usually our best in these situations.]

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[We’re in there . . .]

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[And came oh so close.]

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[Then the highlight of the evening, between the 2nd and 3rd periods.]

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[Note the sponsor!  And we shut out all the shooters!  🙂  ]

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[In the 3rd period, the outcome was no longer in doubt.]

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[But to the Cards’ credit, we picked up our play . . .]

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[And really had the better of it for the entire period.]

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[We kept gaining on them . . .]

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[And we were cheering for . . .]

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[That we may come from way behind and actually catch them in shots-on-goal.]

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[But not quite.  But they should gain some confidence from that final period.]

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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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