On To Section Finals!

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1891054_733621109995653_2102387777_nWhen we walked into the RCC on Tuesday night, the first person we saw was Assistant Coach Ashley Holmes.  We asked how everyone was feeling about this section semi-final game against Detroit Lakes.  She replied, “A little nervous.”  To which I mumbled something to the effect that was good because it’s a tournament game.  The Cards were the No. 1 seed, DL was seeded 4th, and we beat them twice during the regular season – all the reasons to be a little nervous.  [Your guest columnist photo here are our nieces, Sophie and Jessica, of Stafford, Virginia.  They are basketball fans.  I have no idea why I put them in a hockey post?]

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[Your 2013-14 Alexandria Cardinals . . .]

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[And without all the “debris” around them.]

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[The last game ever at the RCC for the four seniors:  Taylor Ellingson, Melissa Drown, Rachel Drew, and Taylor Bollman.]

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[Dave, Bob, the coaches, and the refs – everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame.]

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[A different angle on the team.]

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[Little Rev fires one into the Lakers zone.]

I started the game, as I often do, with a video.  DL got a solo break-out early and scored on the first shot of the game.  That pretty much bagged the idea of a video.  As so often happens, DL did not score again until their last shot (I think) of the game (I have no idea if it’s true, so it’s just poetic license).

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[Mari at the head of a Cardinal scrum at the DL goal.  No goal.]

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[Little Rev readies to take on a Laker coming out from behind her goal.]

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[The Laker goalie smothers another attempt.  No goal.]

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[Mel’s close but the puck’s between her skates.]

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[Karina and Nicole will be back as a pair next year, too . . . unless Nicole gets moved to forward.]

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[Nicole holding point.]

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[Mel, looks like Karina, and Micaela,]

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[Now where’d that darn thing go?]

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[Mel looking for a break at center ice.]

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[And here she comes!]

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[The fans rise in anticipation . . . ]

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[The Lakers shut off her rush.]

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[Now we’re in the 2nd period – down 1 – 0 from that first shot.]

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[Looks like Hanah’s in front, can’t tell who has the puck?]

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[Mari battles out front.]

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[The puck’s still available.]

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[That looks like Hanah moving in, Rachel has her back.]

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[Mari’s on the far side post.]

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[The shot . . .]

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[No goal.]

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[We had many such opportunities  in the game – odd man rushes, solos in alone – sometimes you just have to tip you hat to the opposition goalie.  She kept keeping us off the board.  ]

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[The play continued into a rush hour traffic situation with minor fender benders.]

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[Mel’s at point-blank range.]

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[Still, no goal.]

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[Arrgghhh, the puck’s making a getaway again.]

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[Here we come again!  (Yeah, I know, Dave Clark Five. )]

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[Mari, Rachel, and Hanah]

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[Micaela joins the party.]

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[No goal.]

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[And the puck scurries away again.  Uffda!]

And yet another super sequence of Melissa:

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[Mel’s in a on a solo . . .]

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[Of course, we all rise in anticipation . . . ]

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[The set-up . . . ]

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[Looking for the opening . . . ]

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[Here it comes . . . ]

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[Looks like she’s selected glove-side top . . .]

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[And it’s away . . .]

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[Ohhhh, off the goalie’s shoulder . . . ]

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[We expect Mel to score every time in these situations . . . ]

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[But of course nobody can.  Kudos again to the Laker goalie.]

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[Mel, Micaela, and Nicole on attack again.]

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[The front of goal scrum!]

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[No goal.]

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[Mel and Mari ready for face-off in the offensive zone.]

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[Little Rev and Lauren, a pair for the next two years.]

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[I see the puck!]

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[No goal.]

Viewing reminder:  You can double click on any photo to make it full screen size.  For the photos on this end of the ice (our offensive zone in the 2nd period), it’s fun to watch the expressions on the faces of the Cardinals-of-the-future behind the glass.  They’re watching their role models.  Gotta love it.

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[“The Boys in the Booth”]

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[Taylor had to be an assistant coach for this game . . .]

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[And again for the section championship.  I think she’ll be available if we make state.]

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[We’re still down 1 – 0 as the 3rd period begins.]

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[Our front line has gotten behind theirs.]

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[Face-off in their zone, time to make a move!]

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[Micaela begins from center ice . . .]

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[Into the zone . . .]

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[Go, Micaela!]

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[Mel, Micaela, and Kaila coming in again.]

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[Front net action . . . ]

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[I see the puck right in front!]

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[Finally!!  Mel said enough is enough and tied it up.]

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[We’re halfway through the final period and that’s Melissa time.]

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[OK, we finally cracked the safe.  Now let’s get another one.]

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[We’re in again!]

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[Mel w/ Micaela on the draw.]

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[We kept it in . . .]

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[Then Melissa continued her special senior year as she virtually carried two defenders to the net and still got off a scoring shot.  If Mel gets one goal, she always gets two . . .    ]

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[We finally have the lead for the first time.  Oh, did you notice?  They finally give the ladies goal judges when the tournament starts.  Love to see the red light come on!]

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[The ref points, “Yup, it’s a goal.”]

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[Way to go, Mel!!]

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[And now a really sweet one . . . and the game winner.]

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[The other senior on the ice this night was Rachel.]

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[She carried the puck in fending off two defenders . . .]

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[She got to the goal and shot a backhander – it was blocked but she stuck with it and backhanded in the rebound!  Great goal!]

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[And then she fell on her babushka (in this case, not meaning her Russian grandmother).]

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[The bench was delighted!]

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[After scoring no goals for 2 1/2 periods, we now had 3 in a matter of minutes.]

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[But even then we weren’t done (yeah, it’s blurry?)]

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[Mel put a pass across the front of the goal to Kaila on the far side, who promptly tapped it in!]

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[GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!  It was now 4 – 1 – game over!]

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[Yeah, they scored on a blueline slapshot in the final minute to make the score 4 – 2.]

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So now it’s off to the section final, Friday night at the MAC in St. Cloud, where once again the opponent will be Fergus Falls.

Curmudgeon quote of the post:  By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy.  If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.  ~ Socrates

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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