Conference Champs!

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This one was an NC’er from the git go!  Our Cards, against the Willmar Cardinals, wanted to secure on home ice our first conference title since the 2003-04 team finished a series of four conference titles in a row.  There’s one more regular season game to go before sections start.  (The final shots on goal were ultimately maladjusted to 53 – 15.  It was hard to keep up as the entire third period was on running time.)

The video was taken from the start of the game.  The other voices belong to the recently retired Voice of the Cardinals, Dave Harris, and the erudite Jim Pohl.  Mr. Harris was particularly impressed that I actually captured a goal on a video – in fact two as our Cards bolted out of the gate.

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[And as soon as I cut off the video, GOOOOAAAALLLLL!   So far we have from the video Zach Johnson (17) from Chris Canavati (11) and Ryan Marciniak (20) at the one minute mark; and Chris Leary (18) from Marciniak and Micah Christenson (39) at the two minute mark . . . ]

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[Then we had this goal, Chase Nielson (10) from Canavati and Jack Steffl (2) at the seven minute mark.]

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[As the supervisor always says, “Arms are for hugging!”  This GOOOAAALLL by Johnson from Marciniak (a hat trick in assists!) and Nick Partington (26) at the nine minute mark.]

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[GOOAAALLL  by Alex Wosepka (8) from Steffl and Chase Childers (19) at the ten minute mark.]

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[Yup, just after Wosepka’s goal – still in the first period here.]

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[Let’s give a little “air time” to Danny Hennessy (4), senior forward.]

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[GOOOAAALLLL!  After the near misses in the video, Mack Strong (16) gets his goal, from Wyatt Wittenburg (9), junior forward, and Canavati at the 12 minute mark.]

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[A quite impressive period!  Or exclamation point!!]

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[GOOAALLLL in period 2, Marciniak from Strong and Eli Heckert (27), senior defense.]

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[The pace slowed in the 2nd, not surprisingly, plus we had to kill off a 5-minute major penalty on which Willmar scored their only goal with 9 seconds left in the penalty.]

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[GOOOOAAAAALLLL . . .]

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[Marciniak completes his big game in the third period from Johnson.  That’s all there is, there ain’t no more.]

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After the game, there was a brief ceremony honoring the new conference champions.  Each player received a t-shirt commemorating the event, and the team received a banner ultimately to be hung from the arena rafters:

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2-9-15-12 - Copy[I arrived as I usually do about halfway through the JV game.  It’s now still light at 6:00, and the weather was so balmy I was wearing a spring weight jacket.  Neither seemed appropriate for hockey season.  This game was not much fun for the other Cardinals.]

2-9-15-1 - Copy[The poor Willmar goalie was in this situation a lot.  Though all I see is the “2,” I suspect this is Reed Larson (12), sophomore forward.]

2-9-15-2 - Copy[Ashton Toft (37), sophomore defense, throwing his weight around.]

2-9-15-3 - Copy[Drat, even when I “blow it up,” I can’t tell who the blue line shooter is.]

2-9-15-4 - Copy[Ahhhh, Sam Gunvalson (40), sophomore defense, whose number is clearly legible!  🙂  ]

2-9-15-4-1 - Copy[Yup, still Sam.]

2-9-15-5 - Copy[ Aarin Willander (13), junior forward, possibly?]

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[And again.  You may tell from the angle – well, of course you can – that I’m shooting all these from behind the goal on the south side of the arena.  After the game, I would continue my schlep to my usual seat.]

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[Another blast at the beleaguered goalie.]

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[I suspect it must be a . . . ]

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[GOOOAAAAALLLL!  With Gunvalson; Larson; and Nick Dallum (29), junior forward, in the vicinity.]

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[Shots on goal were really ugly at this time.]

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[It seems you always gotta have a “guy.”  You can have a “guy” for a variety of reasons.  I adopted Noah Hittle (15), junior forward, as my “guy” early in the season. Dunno why, for sure?  But I kinda like his demeanor, and I certainly like his hands.  He has a terrific shot, quick and accurate.  Look for him to be power play gotta be next year.]

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[The end of the 2nd period.  Then came the 3rd period explosion.  As you can see from the final scoreboard at the top of the JV story, they stopped the shot count at 39 (it would be hard to go from 4 goals to 10 on only 2 shots, eh?).]

When I was young, I was amazed at Plutarch’s statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.  ~  W. Somerset Maugham

Up next:  The hockey girls are scheduled to host a section semi-final tonight . . . weather permitting.

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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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