State Hockey Tournament (Day 1)

January 22

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[The Super “slummed” us again . . . the 340 Hotel, i.e., the top couple of floors of the St. Paul Athletic Club.  We’ve stayed here before for previous tourneys – 4 block walk to the ‘X’.  We had a gigantic suite with two bathrooms (for one night) . . . ]

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[Jeanne and Ken Howell were staying here also, down for other business.  But they said they had a room the size of a closet.  But then they went Groupon – ha!]

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[Did we mention the room came with a bottle of champagne?]

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[Hi!  We’re here!  At the ‘X’!  Again!]

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[Cards take the ice.]

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[The band was here . . . ]

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[Hockey moms were here . . . ]

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[Let’s get ready to rumbbbblllllleeeee!]

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[We’re cheering for the team in red.]

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[Goalie Sarah Finley (1)]

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[Team introductions on the big board.]

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[Ashton Oberg (3)]

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[Josie Minnerath (6)]

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[Anna Doherty (7)]

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[Marki Oberg (10)]

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[Marki and Megan Pesta (8), got out of order here?]

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[Kaia Illies (13)]

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[Mayson Toft (14)]

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[Kristin Trosvig (15)]

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[Hadlee Hansen (18)]

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[Calley Richardson (19)]

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[Alexis Heckert (20)]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24)]

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[Erin O’Kane (26)]

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[Talia Olson (27)]

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[McKenzie Revering (29)]

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[Madisson Gay (35)]

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[Taylor Breitkreutz (34), out of order again?]

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[Allison O’Kane (36) – I missed Olivia Kopp (40)?]

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[Head coach Molly Arola.  A little something I learned about Coach Arola just recently.  Our Cards were state class A champs in 2008.  That team only lost one game all year – 1-0, in OT, at Grand Rapids/Greenway.  Grand Rapids/Greenway went on to be state class AA runner-up that year to Eden Prairie.  Molly played on that Grand Rapids/Greenway team.]

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[The long red line.]

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[Remember, Cossetta’s after the game!]

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[Oh, we’re playing The Blake School.  Blake is defending state champions.  They are the No. 1 seed and have been ranked number one all year.  They have won more class A state championships than any other team.  They belong in class AA.  They’re finally moving up there next year.]

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[Alexis takes on all the Bears.]

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[What we all learned about why they are the No. 1 team is their ability to forecheck.]

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[The defensive duo of Mayson and Rev.]

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[Video covering the ref?]

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[Is that Alexis again?]

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[A Bear circles between McKenna and Mayson.]

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[Taylor on D, a solid year.]

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[Maybe the Cards have a numbers advantage?]

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[What makes them so hard to take is this line is two freshmen and a sophomore.  Makes it hard for the rest of the class to catch up with them.]

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[Cards enter the offensive zone, not an easy thing to do against the Bears.]

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[McKenna fighting for the puck.]

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[Face-off in our offensive zone.]

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[Alexis again.]

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[A face-off in their zone with Anna, Alexis, Josie, and Allison.]

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[Kristin and Josie]

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[Here’s that line again.]

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[We’re all even.  Skated with them the whole period.]

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[Three from the Super . . . ]

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[Period 2]

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[Oy, get on ’em!]

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[Looks like Kristin got the draw.]

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[McKenna on the attack – but whenever we did enter their zone with speed, they always seemed to have defenders around.]

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[Here comes McKenna again.]

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[Crossed swords?]

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[It was somewhere around this time that we had a great chance to score.  Kristin stickhandled in from the left and her shot looked like it hit the pipe.  We took several swipes at rebounds but couldn’t score.  I think we all felt if we had scored first . . . maybe?]

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[Josie takes a shot at it.]

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[They scored late in the 2nd.  Still a close game.]

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[Sarah was terrific.]

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[In the 3rd period, their forechecking was wearing us down.  When they got their 2nd goal, we knew how hard it would be to come back.]

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[Not quite.]

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[Coach Arola takes a time out.  Yeah, we played very well against what essentially is a Twin Cities all-star team.]

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[Close again.]

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[Just have to tip your hat to them.  But for the sake of competitive balance, glad they’re finally moving to class AA.  They’ve dominated class A for too long, winning the championship again in a not very close game.]

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[And a wrap-up from the Super . . . ]

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[After the game, as usual, we went to Cossetta’s for a fine dining experience . . . BECAUSE IT’S THE LAW!]

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[We’ll see you at Ridder tomorrow at noon!]

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You miss 100% of the shots you never take. ~  Wayne Gretzky.

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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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