Girl/Boy Hockey Sweep – Both in OT!

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[This was the first game last Thursday, the girls were hosting the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors.  An overtime pants-wetter.  But a big conference win!  🙂  ]

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[When we first arrived it appeared KXRA was breaking in a new broadcast team?  😉  ]

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[Opening face-off, Cards in home whites.]

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[Early game feeling out process.]

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[Cards storm the zone with Kaitlin Leary (26), Alexis Heckert (20), and Nicole Bartels (23).]

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[Micaela Swenson (34), a senior, her last RCC regular season game.]

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[Here comes McKenzie Revering (29) – met and had a nice visit with her dad (and Parker’s) before the game.]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24), mustering all the strength an 8th-grader can.]

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[A shot . . . from Rev (looks like 29)?]

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[Freshman Allison O’Kane (36) pinches in from her defense position.]

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[I thought Allison had a particularly strong game, both offensively and defensively.]

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[Oh my, looks like Kristin Trosvig (15) has an opening . . . ]

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[Heckert and O’Kane, an 8th-grader and a freshman in the middle of things.]

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[Karina Carlsen (31) pairs with O’Kane on defense.]

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[Hanan Hansen (11) struggles to remain upright after winning the draw.]

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[Mari Wosepka (18) tries to open the back door.]

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[Name that Cardinal?  Right-handed, number starts with a ‘2’?  Go for it!]

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[Swenson on the left, Mackenzie Abrahamson (17) on the right.]

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[Looks like Ellingson with the puck popping up at the goalie’s eye level.]

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[Despite all that action, the first period ended in a scoreless tie.]

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[The defensive pair of Leary and Bartels (also playing her last regular season RCC game) ready for the 2nd period face-off.]

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[A Cardinal behind the goal, a Cardinal in the goalie’s lap, Revering moving in, Leary protecting the right flank . . .]

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[The Cards are buzzing with Trosvig and Sam Klimek (37).]

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[Bartels unleashes a slap shot.]

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[Rev and Sam are in again.]

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[Ohhh, and another just missed.]

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[McKenna chases it down, and yet somehow through all this, a really good period for the Cards, the Flying Warriors scored two goals early in the period?  There must have been a tear in the space-time continuum?]

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[O’Kane continuing her fine game . . . ]

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[And finally Heckert scored unassisted to pull the Cards within 1 – 2 after the 2nd period.]

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[And now the 3rd period face-off?  I must have had a concentration lapse here . . . ]

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[Because this my only other 3rd period photo, thereby missing Rev’s tying goal on an assist from Trosvig.]

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[So, we went into OT.]

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[I felt comfortable going into OT because I thought we were the better team . . . though anything can happen.  We got the only penalty of the game in the overtime period so I thought, “Oooops!”]

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[But almost as soon as we completed the penalty kill, Hanah scored the game winner on assists from Kristin and Kaitlin.  Woo-woo!  Only one more road game left on the regular season schedule.]

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[And then it was on to the boys’ game against Brainerd.  Brainerd and Little Falls fly solo on the boys’ side – in fact we would host Little Falls the following night, so stayed tuned.]

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[The flag bearers from our all powerful bantam teams.]

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[Split right, 44-Z square out, Omaha, on the deuce.  Ready.  Break!]

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[Let’s play hockey!  We appear to be back to full strength, so the line of  Mack Strong (16), Zach Johnson (17), and Ryan Marciniak (20) has been re-united.]

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[Eli Heckert (27) with a slapper from the blue line.  If the name sounds familiar, see game one.]

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[Appears to be Parker Revering (3), with Strong in arrears.]

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[Johnson and Strong on an offensive zone face-off.]

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[After another strong push by the Johnson line, the first period ended in a scoreless tie despite a 19 – 6 shots-on-goal advantage for the Cards.]

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[In the 2nd period, that line is on the attack again.]

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[Alec Wospeka (8) circles the net while Jack Steffl (2) comes down the middle.]

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[Micah Christenson (39) in full flight . . .]

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[Yup, that’s Micah.]

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[GOOOOAAAAALLLL!  Strong from Marciniak after the Warriors had scored earlier in the period.]

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[Chris Canavati (11) providing protection for goalie Christian Reimers (31).]

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[Despite total domination by the Cards, we remain tied after two periods.]

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[GOOAAALLLL!  15 seconds into the 3rd period, Marciniak scored from Johnson . . . ]

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[The congrats . . . ]

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[A minute later Wosepka scored . . . ]

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[From Revering and Canavati.]

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[We were finally going to put this bad boy away!]

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[Incredibly the Warriors scored two goals in the next two minutes to tie it up again?  Four goals in less than 4 minutes in the period!  What the . . . ?]

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[So this game goes into overtime.  Uffda!  Did I mention the supervisor gave up the ghost after period one – the whole girls’ game and the first period of the boys’ hockeyed her out.  Super Fan Robo and I managed to last the entire night.]

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[Into OT spoiler alert . . . we won!  Oh, you knew that already.]

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[It was only fair because we dominated the whole game.]

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[Canavati scored the winner from Steffl and Wosepka!  Impressive performance by the Cards.  And most amazing, I didn’t know till I checked the stats, we didn’t get a penalty the entire game.]

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[Well done – now rest up for the Flyers on the following night.]

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?  ~  George Carlin

Up next:  Yup, 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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