Girls on Skates With Sticks

November 14

And the winter sports season has begun . . . 

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[When last we left you, our stalwarts were wrapping up the state consolation title in Ridder Arena on the U of M campus.  And although some key players on that team have graduated, we (well, certainly me) looked forward to this coming year knowing that most of the team would be back, that the youngsters would have a year of experience under their belts, and there would be a continuation of a talented youth movement.]

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[Always great to be back in the RCC again.  Our season opener hosting the Spuds from Moorhead . . . ]

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[Introducing a brand new goalie, sophomore Sydney Wiseman (30) . . . ]

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[Senior defenseman Allison O’Kane (36) brings many years of experience and was named player of the game . . . ]

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[Sophomore defenseman Mayson Toft (14), a raising star who was terrific as a freshman last year . . . ]

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[Senior forward Kristin Trosvig (15), who I thought should have made the state all-tournament team last year . . . ]

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[Junior forward McKenna Ellison (24), brings outside speed and now several years of experience . . . ]

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[Junior forward Alexis Heckert (20), who with McKenna formed a dynamic duo when they came up together.]

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[Ladies and gentlemen . . . ]

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[Your 2017-18 Alexandria Cardinals girls hockey team!]

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[OK, let’s go team . . . ]

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[Or words to that effect.]

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[And we’re off and skating!  I missed the opening face-off because I forgot to turn the camera on – a regular and recurring issue.]

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[Anyway, above and here, Kristin, Alexis, and McKenna charge into the Spud zone.]

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[The Spud bench appears well-behaved in spite of all the excitement in front of them.]

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[This is the “Not Driving Yet” line – well, I’m open to snappier suggestions?  They’re really fun to watch because they’re really speedy – freshman Marki Oberg (10), freshman Anna Doherty (9), and 8th-grader Kaci Trosvig (25) (yes, Kristin’s sister).]

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[Big sister Kristin back on the ice again . . . ]

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[McKenna trying a swan dive on hard water . . . ]

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[Once she’s up, she’ll have an open shot . . . ]

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[Until a Spud got in her way . . . ]

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[Please, go away!]

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[I can only see the “2” . . . ]

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[Kristin attacking from the right flank . . . ]

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[And the shot!  Not yet.]

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[McKenna!  Right behind you!]

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[Spuds clog the net.]

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[State of period 2 – I have the camera turned on.  We were behind 2 – 0 after the first period.  We were a little shakey and the new goalie was just getting her water wings.  We had a teritorial and shots on goal advantage, so we weren’t worried yet.]

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[I see it!]

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[Alexis is after it . . . ]

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[The Spuds scored early in period for a 3 – 0 lead – OK, Cards, time to start rolling!]

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[Alexis takes a couple stabs at it . . . ]

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[And finally Kristin scored a couple minutes after the Spuds goal to get us back in the game at 3 – 1.]

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[Group hug!]

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[The Heckert line is back in on goal again . . . ]

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[They’re buzzing . . . ]

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[The “Not Driving Yet” line keeps the pressure on . . . ]

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[GOOAAALLLL!  Late in the period Anna scored to make it a 3 – 2 game – we were now confidant we could catch them in the 3rd period.]

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[The puck is in the goal!]

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[The Voices of the Cardinals . . . ]

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[Along with the Emeritus Voice in the booth.]

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[Final period . . . ]

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[I have now moved down to take a seat with some alumni parents and grandparents . . . ]

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[The activity seems to indicate the puck is in the right hand corner . . . ]

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[Up close with Marki and Kaci . . . ]

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[They break away . . . ]

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[Kaci chases into the Spuds’ zone, backed by senior defense Taylor Breitkreutz (34) . . . ]

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[GOOOAAAALLLL!  Mayson on a long shot from the blue line, through traffic!  The game is now tied halfway through the 3rd period . . . ]

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[And a couple minutes later, McKenna got the winning goal on a beautiful wrister flying down the right side and putting it into the upper left corner.  I had a perfect angle on the play taking shape, a great view of the shot, but didn’t get the camera up on time . . . ]

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[OK, let’s play it out and get the win . . . ]

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[Ooops, somehow put ourselves in a 5-on-3 hole – but we did a great job killing them both off . . . ]

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[Now . . . let’s just keep it in their end . . . ]

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[A nice opening win . . . ]

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[We’ll be fun to watch all year.  We’ll get an idea early – we go to Brainerd-Little Falls (they were 25-3 last year) Friday, host So. St. Paul (a perennial power) Saturday, and then follow with a 3-game road trip beginning with Sartell-Sauk Rapids Rice (an 18-win team last year.]

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[The final shots were 34 – 11, indicative of our control of the game.]

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Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental.  ~  Ex-Maple Leaf Jim Kenny

Up Next:  Likely . . . more hockey

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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