As the Games Dwindle Down . . .

January 30

. . . to a precious few.

[The penultimate game of the season.  A season that so far has more than lived up to my expectations.  I expected us to be good; I expected us to be entertaining to watch.  And on this night the Cards would win their 10th consecutive game – avenging an earlier season loss to a class AA team, St. Cloud, by the same score, 3 – 0, by which they avenged a similar earlier season loss to another class AA team, Grand Rapids/Greenway, last weekend.]

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[A concern was some regular shift players were on the bench in civvies – Hadlee Hansen and Kaci Trosvig, for sure, and I believe also Erin O’Kane.  We want to wish them all a speedy recovery.]

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[OK, saddle up!!]

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[And we’re off . . . ]

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[The Icebreakers have also had a very good season so far, entering this game with a 15 – 5 record among the big schools.]

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[Allie Cornelius, senior No. 6, for St. Cloud appeared to be a special player . . . ]

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[But the Cards come at you in waves . . . ]

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[Here Anna Doherty (7) and McKenna (24) are on the ice together – but we seemed to mix up the lines all game.  There doesn’t seem to be the standard 1st, 2nd, or 3rd lines.  Eight different players have double digit points for the season.]

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[Here Kristin Trosvig (15) and Marki Oberg (10) were on the ice together – I don’t think they were paired that often.]

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[Marki, incidentally, had two of the three goals against Grand Rapids (Kaci had the other).]

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[Here Taylor Breitkreutz (34) and Mayson Toft (14) are paired on defense – but we play 5 defenseman.]

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[Marki circling in the offensive zone . . . ]

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[Here Alexis Heckert (20) is on the forward line with Kristin . . . ]

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[A scene played throughout the game – the Icebreakers are good but the Cards just continually swarm . . . ]

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[A Card is lost among the Icebreakers . . . ]

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[Looks like Allison O’Kane (36), a defenseman making an offensive charge . . . ]

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[Kristin pirouettes toward home . . . ]

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[The Cards crash again . . . ]

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[Alexis is on the goal porch . . . ]

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[Just before the period ended, Calley Richardson jammed one home during a big scrum in front of the goal . . . ]

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[We looked good . . . ]

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[Anna and Alexis chase the puck . . . ]

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[A lone Card among the Icebreakers . . . ]

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[Kristin’s on the wing . . . ]

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[She was able to get off numerous shots during the game . . . ]

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[Here Josie Minnerath (6) is enjoying a face-to-face with the goalie . . . ]

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[As Kristin gets off another shot . . . ]

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[A stick is in the goal and Josie is down . . . ]

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[Meg Shercliffe (5) begins a goal celebration . . . ]

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[As McKenna Ellison had just scored from the right flank . . . ]

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[Looking even better . . . ]

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[In in the 3rd, Meg got her first ever varsity goal.  I think she got more playing time this game to cover for those in civvies.  Good for her.  It was a nice pass from Taylor on the point that she was able to tip in from the far side . . . ]

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[Winding it down with Marki . . . ]

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[And Kristin . . . ]

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[A solid win!  Up next, hosting Breck this Saturday.  It’s the headline game from the Minnesota Hockey Hub in class A as the 3rd-ranked Cardinals host 2nd-ranked Breck.  Quite a game to end the regular season.]

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Every day is a great day for hockey.  Mario Lemeiux

Up Next:  Cardinals . . . or Panama?

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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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