Senior Night

January 18

It just keeps happening over and over and over again.  Next year’s seniors weren’t even born yet when I began “covering” Cardinal sports . . .

[Congratulations to the 2018 seniors, bringing joy and excitement to older people who deign to wander out of their homes in the middle of winter . . . ]seniors - Copy

[Sure, they all look innocent enough . . . ]

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[But if you tangle with them over a puck in the corner, you’ll find they’re tougher than Boolean algebra . . . ]seniors3 - Copyseniors4 - Copy

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[The meeting of the captains.  We’re hosting River Lakes, who beat us earlier in the year.  Revenge always provides good incentive . . . ]

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[The seniors are introduced with the parents, beginning with Allison . . . ]

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[Talia . . . ]

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[Taylor . . . ]

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[Calley . . . ]

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[Kristin . . . ]

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[Josie . . . ]

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[2018 SENIORS]

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[And they are introduced first . . . ]

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[Followed by their teammates . . . ]

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[Roger Riley, as always, sings the Anthem.  We have quite a record when he does . . . ]

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[He is joined by scoreboard operator, Donnacha O’Connor, better known as the superintendent of the Alexandria Golf Club . . . ]

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[LET’S PLAY HOCKEY!!!]

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[5 of the 6 seniors started; we couldn’t do 6 for 6 because we don’t have a senior goalie.]

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[Blueliners Mayson Toft (14) and Talia (27) . . . ]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24) on the doorstep, a scene that was repeated often this game.  McKenna achieved a natural hat trick against Detroit Lakes earlier in the week – amazingly in less than 2 minutes she scored even strength, on a power play, and shorthanded . . . ]

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[But not this time . . . ]

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[Kaci Trosvig (25) gives it a shot.  We had good legs from the beginning . . . ]

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[Where’d it go?]

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[Alexis Heckert (20) this time . . . ]

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[McKenna, again . . . ]

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[And again . . . ]

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[And the shot . . . ]

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[Save by the goalie . . . ]

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[The boys in the VIP zone keeping an eye on things . . . ]

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[She was followed on this rush by Marki Oberg (10) . . . ]

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[Appears to be a face-off, but where’s the Cards’ center?]

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[Alexis finally appears on the downhill side . . . ]

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[If there’s one area where the Cards have improved mightily, it’s on face-offs.  Here Alexis shows the proper technique for the best leverage – nose on the ice!]

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[Coaches appear satisfied so far . . . ]

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[The Trosvig sisters are in together with Allison . . . ]

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[McKenna and Anna Doherty (7) move into the offensive zone . . . ]

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[And then, we scored!  Kristin from Josie, tying the game at 1 (the Stars had scored a couple minutes earlier on a shot from the blue line that found a corner of the net).]

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[And after you finally score following continuous pressure, you generally score again.  So we did – 20 seconds later, Calley from Alexis and Kaci.]

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[And then we had the idea that we now had the game in hand.]

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[The puck’s in the photo, but no Cards?]

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[Oh, here comes Calley . . . ]

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[Kristin in with Calley . . . ]

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[Calley tries to jam it in as both Trovigs ready for a rebound . . . ]

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[Maybe not . . . ]

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[Looking good after 2 . . . ]

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[It was senior night, so the event was festooned with the band and – cheerleaders . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back at the hockey game, the puck exits stage right . . . ]

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[Kristin pirouettes to chase after it . . . ]

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[McKenna, again and again and again . . . ]

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[And I could see this one coming, so I just did a continuous photo run . . . ]

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[The poor goalie must be seeing No. 24 in her sleep . . . ]

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[McKenna found the 5-hole for our final goal . . . ]

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[Though we tried for more – here Kaci and Calley . . . ]

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[Taylor has an upclose and personal meeting with a Star . . . ]

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[Well played, Cards.  We are on an 8-game winning streak and are ranked No. 4 in state class A.  I looked back at the game where we lost to the Stars in OT – we outshot them in that game 44 – 24.  It happens.  In this game, the shot differential was minimized by the 5 penalties we took v. none for them.  In a season in which the schedule has been tougher than Boolean algebra (oh, did I use that metaphor already?), our last three regular season games are off the charts – at Grand Rapids, at St. Cloud, and hosting Breck.  Uffda!]

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Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.  ~  Usain Bolt

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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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