Double Double

December 7

As posted on FB:  TWO ALEXANDRIA 70-YEAR OLDS SET ENDURANCE RECORD!! Bradley Arland and I sat on a wooden plank at the RCC last night from 4:30 to 9:30! That was 8 periods of hockey as the girl/boy doubleheader both went into OT! And they were almost identical games: We won both games 3 – 2; in both games we were behind 2 – 0; in both games we outshot the opposition in the vicinity of 45 – 15. The girls beat East Grand Forks and the boys beat River Lakes. The girls made a signature statement – EGF was ranked No. 2 in the state and had tied No. 1 Warroad 3 – 3, yet we totally dominated every minute of the game, even without star McKenna Ellingson. In an OMG, the Card girls basketballers were also home last night and beat Rocori 59 – 11 (oy!) to go to 3 – 0. 

To begin:  The fierceness of their warm-up shots sent us scurrying to our seats in fear!

[Little did we realize at the time that the captain introductions for the girls’ game was the beginning of a 5-hour evening at the arena.]

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[The lineup . . . ]

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[The pilots of the ship:  Coach Ben Doherty and Head Coach Molly Arola.]

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[Big game – they’re No. 2!]

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[All for one . . . ]

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[And one for all!]

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[Missed the face-off because I forgot to turn on the camera.  Junior Erin O’Kane (26) and Senior Kristin Trosvig (15) lead the charge after the puck, with Kristin’s 8th-grade sister, Kaci (25), keeping an eye on things . . . ]

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[In the Green Wave zone with sophomore defense, Mayson Toft (14), who as I recall got off the first shot of the game here . . . ]

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[Senior Calley Richardson (19) annoying the goalie . . . ]

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[But the puck scoots behind . . . ]

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[A shot from the left point by senior defense, Talia Olson (27), with junior defense, Olivia Kopp (13) . . . ]

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[Cards are cycling in the offensive zone . . . ]

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[Tools of the trade]

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[Kristin swoops in from the right . . . ]

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[Kaci and Erin are set up . . . ]

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[Kristin’s in front . . . ]

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[I have to give kudos to the Green Wave goalie – she withstood our onslaughts all game.]

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[And the puck’s sneaking out the back door again . . . ]

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[There it is!]

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[As sometimes happens, the team that totally controlled the whole period is behind by one.]

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[Keep the pressure on!]

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[Eventually there’ll be a breakthrough.]

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[Missed the 2nd period face-off because the lens cap was still on.  But junior Alexis Heckert (20) has the puck . . . ]

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[With Calley and our bench on her right . . . ]

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[Somebody’s chasing the puck behind the net . . . ]

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[One of dozens of scrums in front of the EGF goal . . . ]

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[Looks like the Trosvig sisters were involved . . . ]

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[Now freshman Anna Doherty (7) and Calley join the fray . . . ]

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[It’s a shot – and I think I got the goal?  Is that the puck on the far left side, halfway up in the goal?]

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[Kaci got her first varsity goal on an assist from big sister.  We finally opened the door – as EGF, despite being wildly outshot, had a 2 – 0 lead until now.]

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[Shortly thereafter, freshman Marki Oberg (10) tied the score on assists from sophomore Hadlee Hansen (18) and senior Josie Minnerath (6).]

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[Further swarming, but . . . ]

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[No more goals in the period.]

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[2 – 2 after 2.]

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[3rd period face-off, camera on, lens cap off . . . ]

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[The line that scored the 2nd goal . . . ]

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[WE WIN!!]

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[In overtime!]

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[Marki’s 2nd goal of the game, assisted by sophomore Meg Shercliffe (5), and winning goalie sophomore Amanda Bittmann (33).]

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[A statement win against a highly ranked opponent . . . ]

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[We subsequently moved up to No. 3 in the state class A rankings.]

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[Then the boys came out for the River Lakes Stars . . . ]

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[We were ranked No. 8 in the state class A rankings prior to this game.  That’s junior defense Evan Lattimer (12) and sophomore defense Derek Pesta (10) . . . ]

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[Face-off in the stars zone with senior Ryker Treat (4) and junior Zach Wosepka (20) identifiable . . . ]

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[Sophomore defense Andrew Revering (2) chases the Stars No. 2 . . . ]

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[Lattimer from the point?]

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[Sophomore Shane Birkeland (25) joins the party around the goal . . . ]

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[With junior forward Jack Westlund (10) . . . ]

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[Freshman Jakob Stender (27) joins the assault . . . ]

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[Just like the preceding girls’ game.]

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[Sophomore Caleb Strong (3) joins Westlund on a rush . . . ]

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[Must be Caleb’s night for a series . . . ]

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[Whoa!  A gooooaaaaalllll!  Jakob from Caleb and senior defense Jack Powell (21).]

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[And Jakob’s in on goal again . . . ]

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[Again, just like the girls’ game after 2.]

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[Revering on a power play from Westund and Powell tied the game at 2 . . . ]

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[Westlund was aggressive all night . . . ]

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[Going into OT.]

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[Birkeland’s in with senior Derek Dropik (8) . . . ]

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[They were screening and following the puck in flight . . . ]

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[Of sophomore defense Matthew Carlsen’s (26) shot from the blue line that made it through all the traffic and into the goal for the game winner!]

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[Cards ended with a 50 – 17 shot-on-goal advantage.  Junior Bailey Rosch (31) was in goal for the Cards.]

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[The Stars goalie was terrific throughout but distraught over the result.  He needn’t have been – the Cards were simply the better team.  Big game next up against No. 2-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral. ]

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We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital.  ~  Brad Park

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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