Win, and Move On!

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[The 2015 Section 6A girls hockey tournament began Tuesday night for our No. 1-seeded Cardinals.  We beat the No. 4 seed, Northern Lakes (Pequot Lakes, Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin, et al), and this Friday we’ll encounter Detroit Lakes in Fergus Falls for the section championship and a trip to state.]

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[An older guy in a funny hat attended with an obviously younger woman, as captured by “Scoop” Grundei.  The very next day they were sighted braving 54 mph gusts (the highest in the state) for the Wednesday senior matinee movie.  After a 3-week run of “Selma,” “The Imitation Game,” and “The Theory of Everything,” they decided to go really serious this time with . . . Paddington?]

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Meet the 2014-15 Alexandria Cardinals:

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Meet the first five minutes of the game:

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[Meet Kaila DeWanz (7) and Sam Klimek (37) storming the Lightning net with Kaitlin Leary (26) in reserve.]

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[OK, enough “Meets.”  GOOOOAAAALLL, Lauren Niska (21), from Kristin Trosvig (15) and Karina Carlsen (31).]

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[Niska and Trosvig again, centered by McKenzie Revering (29).]

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[Mari Wosepka (18) on a dash.]

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[Hanah Hansen (11) circles the net, trying hard to impress her great grandma, Pat Perkins, sitting just across the aisle from us.]

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[Is that Kaila in front?]

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[Rev on the draw . . .]

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[Then looking to feed the point.]

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[Allison O’Kane (36) on the left point.]

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[Rev looking to mix it up.]

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[Trosvig and . . . Rev?]

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[And in on goal.]

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[Player of unknown identity backchecking.]

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[Nicole Bartels (23), in our end with Leary, and Amy Jost (33) in goal.]

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[Trosvig and Bartels on the attack.]

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[Identification blocked by a “glass stabilizer.”]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24) shooting.]

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[Ellingson with her mates, Trosvig and Bartels.]

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[DeWanz had a couple good runs at it.]

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[Rev with a good rush.]

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[The Hansen, Wosepka, and Niska line taking a draw in the offensive zone.]

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[The first period ends with good control – if not enough goals? – by the Cards, as expected.]

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[In the 2nd period, Ellingson scored first at the 3-minute mark . . . ]

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[Her friends came to help celebrate . . . ]

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[The Cards continued to score three more goals in the period, at about 4-minute intervals . . .]

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[Niska from Revering and Bartels . . .]

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[Micaela Swenson (34), good, a senior in her last RCC game, from DeWanz . . .]

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[Revering from Trosvig . . . ]

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[So, based on the goals it would seem we were in total control . . . ]

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[A great lead going into the final period.  The team apparently thought so as well.  The Cards seemed indifferent in the 3rd period (hence, no photos) and the Lightning were able to score a couple of goals.  Coach Hovel also mentioned at the end of the game that the 3rd period “let down” was something her was going to have to address before the next game. We’re in a one-and-done situation now, so the team has to maintain a sense of urgency through the whole game.  We beat Detroit Lakes twice during the regular season – but both were close games and as they say, it’s hard to beat a team three times in one year!]

When grace combines with wrinkles, it is admirable. There is an indescribable light of dawn about intensely happy old age. The young man is handsome but the old, superb.  ~  Victor Hugo

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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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