CARDINALS – 6, Cardinals – 2


[In the first battle of the Cardinals of the season, our Cards topped Willmar’s.  🙂  This game was on Thursday, the 12th, so I’m less than a week behind now.]


[The supervisor and I arrived early as we always do to catch as much of the JV game as we could.  But we had failed to read “the instructions.”  It was announced (by e-mail) by the school that the JV game had been cancelled because of a scheduling conflict.  Willmar’s band was also performing that night, a band that contained hockey players.  At the high school level, band tops hockey.]


[So, we just sat in the concourse and admired the activity.  Hockey players, boys and girls, from earlier practices were still milling around, their bags of equipment everywhere.  The bag for goalie equipment is bigger than Forada – and yet even the young girls heft them around.]


[And the concourse aroma just reeked of . . . hockey!  🙂  ]


[The 8th & 9th grade boys (bantams?  I can never get the names right?) played an intra-squad game as part of a fundraiser for a hockey mom.]


[Then posed for their parents.]


[Ashley and Brittin bracket a player (?) in civvies between them.  We have had some injuries, as all teams do, and it’s also the time of year when colds and the flu can sweep through schools.]


[But it was nice to have Mari back, singing the National Anthem in uniform.]


[She had missed several games because of injury.]


[OK ladies, time to right the ship after that Sartell game!]


[Girls with sticks on the bench watch girls with sticks on the ice.]


[Taylor (24) wheels around on her backhand side.]


[And let’s it fly!]


[Mari’s (18) in front as Taylor chases the puck behind the goal.]


[Mel (6) carries the puck while Taylor rides shotgun.]


[Mel and Mari apply pressure.  And I just realized with Taylor as the center, they’re the MTM line!  (As I recall, the Mary Tyler Moore Show was produced by MTM Productions, but I digress.)]


[Then McKenna and friends joined the fun.]


[Kaila (7) and Carly (19)  with their unidentifiable center?]


[Hanah (11) chases into the corner.  Was she the center above?  Nah, different hair color?]


[Nicole (23) slaps one from the point!]


[Taylor’s in on goal!]


[Oooohhhh!  Although Willmar scored first (we weren’t worried), Taylor got it back for our Cards.  I’m not sure if this was it?]


[Maybe not?]


[Nicole swoops in.]


[This is a center ice face-off – likely after a goal then.  Our usual play is for the front line to hold their ground, while Nicole from her back defense position charges up the middle hoping to split the defense.]


[Mel comes in on her backhand side.]


[Our Cards are buzzing the net again.]


[Karina (31) lines up a shot.]


[A goal mouth tussle . . .]




[I think this was the 2nd goal, so that was Nicole . . .]


[But I don’t see her in the picture?]


[Mel closed out the 1st period scoring.]


[I think I got it!  🙂  ]


[After one.]


[Into the 2nd period, now I’m keeping a sharp eye on Mel . . .]


[Because when she gets one goal, she always gets two!  🙂  ]


[Again, Willmar scored first in the period, but we came back with a goal by Micaela (34).]


[She seems to be quite happy . . .]


[As she should be!  🙂  ]


[Then Sam (37) scored . . .]


[And there it is, wrapping up the scoring in the 2nd period.  🙂  ]


[After two.]



[In the 3rd, Taylor and company storm the net again.]


[She’s still on it!]


[Now coming around the far side.]


[Then the inevitable happens . . .]


[Yup, you can see her smiling . . .]


[Mel got her 2nd goal of the game to wrap up the scoring.]

Up next:  Would you believe . . . hockey?

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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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