Fergus Otter Fall *

* Confessing that’s an old homecoming slogan from back in the day.

December 15

[The JVers did their thing.  It was fun to watch the 3rd period when I believe we got 4 goals.]

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[Two of my favorites:  The Amazing Mr. Ripley on camera; and McKenzie Revering, senior on injured reserve, who is now an assistant bench coach while on the mend . . . ]

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[Here Rev opines to head coach Molly Arola a winning strategy for beating the Otters.]

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[Cardinal captain, senior goalie Sarah Finley , chats it up with the constabulary and the Otter hierarchy.]

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[Dress right, dress!]

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[And the opening kickoff:  Junior Kristin Trosvig (15), junior Josie Minnerath (6), and sophomore McKenna Ellingson (24).]

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[It went that-a-way.]

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[McKenna swoops into the Otter zone, passport not necessary.]

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[Senior Ashten Oberg (3) and junior Kaia Illies (13) attempt to ward off the Otter hoards.]

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[Kristin scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at one in the 1st period . . .]

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[And then shows her true magic by somehow changing to No. 14 (freshman Mayson Toft) while skating to the bench?]

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[The Otters goalie’s mom was sitting right in front of us, so I had to mind my P’s and Q’s.]

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[Josie and sophomore Alexis Heckert (20) applying pressure.]

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[Cardinals of the future entertained between periods . . . ]

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[And then get high (well, maybe low) fives from their varsity idols.]

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[They are the Whitecaps.]

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[8th-grader Anna Doherty (7) performs a U-turn.]

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[McKenna retied the game 2 – 2 after a power play goal by the Otters.]

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[The aforementioned Ms. Toft]

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[Where’d everybody go?]

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[Alexis on the draw, junior Calley Richardson (19) on point.]

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[Kristin and Calley on the attack . . .]

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[And crowding the goal.]

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[And now Alexis as the goalie clutches another shot.]

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[Junior defense Taylor Breitkreutz (34)]

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[Our first look at 8th-grader Marki Oberg (10).  With two Obergs on the team, how long will it be before I call them Oberts?]

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[Taylor with Fergus player No. 6 – I know that because it’s the number on her jersey.]

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[Senior Megan Pesta (8) screens the goalie.]

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[GOOAAAAALLLLL!  Alexis assisted by Megan. To end the suspense, 3 – 2 would be the final score for the Cards.]

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[Remember . . . girls hockey is a non-contact sport.]

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[Something we’ve seen often so far, and will likely for the rest of the year – Kristin on a breakaway.]

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[But a good stop by the now mask-less goalie.]

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[After two . . . ]

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[Megan and Alexis working for a 2nd goal as a pair.]

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[And now joined by friends.]

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[Alexis takes on three Otters.]

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[Anna and Megan]

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[Ashton, Kaia, and Marki]

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[McKenna on the doorstep.]

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[And the final, but don’t believe your lyin’ eyes.  The official shot count was 37 – 24?]

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Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body with dental records.  ~  Unknown

Up Next:  Holiday stuff.

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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