Alexandria’s “Superbowl” Saturday

February 3

Keeping it local!!  The Alexandria – Breck girls hockey game in the morning was acknowledged by the Minnesota Girls Hockey Hub as the state game of the week – between the 3rd (us) and 2nd (them) ranked teams in class A.  And there were snow machine races all day at the fair grounds.  And Alex’s-own Josie Nelson would be providing the entertainment all afternoon at the winery (see the two videos).  Oh, and we finally got snow!

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[At the Runestone Community Center for the hockey game . . . ]

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[One doesn’t like mixed crowd events?]

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[Pre-game introductions, with Card captains Calley Richardson (19) and Kristin Trosvig (15) . . . ]

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[Lest you didn’t know, Breck is a private school in the Cities.  We’ve had a long competitive history with them as both schools always have good teams.  But we “tease” them as well, as their whole team had matching parkas with the Breck logo.  Impressive . . . ]

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[Our Cards were on an impressive 10-game winning streak and had only allowed one goal total over the last three games . . . ]

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[Hailee Bailey (35), 8th-grade goalie (uffda, I generally tell folks that in 8th grade I was still trying to put my underwear on over the top of my head?) . . . ]

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[Allison O’Kane (36), senior defense . . . ]

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[Tayor Breitkreutz (34), senior defense – it’s nice to have that senior experience on the back line . . . ]

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[Anna Doherty (7), freshman forward . . . ]

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[Taylor Ellingson (24), junior forward . . . ]

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[Alexis Heckert (20), junior forward . . . ]

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[And the kick-off!]

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[The beginning of pushing and shoving . . . ]

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[Meg Shercliffe (5), sophomore forward, taking on three Mustangs all by her lonesome . . . ]

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[Oh-oh, they’re bookending her . . . ]

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[Josie Minnerath (6), senior forward, comes to the rescue . . . ]

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[Face-off in the Mustang zone.  We must be shorthanded because Allison is up on forward line.  Mayson Toft (14), sophomore, soloing on defense . . . ]

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[Kristin gets off a shot.  I thought she had another terrific two-way game . . . ]

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[The senior captains circling together . . . ]

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[Anna and McKenna after it in the right corner . . . ]

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[Marki Oberg (10), freshman forward, joins McKenna on the attack . . . ]

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[Olivia Kopp (13), junior defense, on right point . . . ]

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[The two freshman forwards apply pressure . . . ]

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[Ohhhhhh, there’s the puck!  We had a lot of these moments in the game . . . ]

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[At first glance one might think, OMG, Breck has a 5-on-oh break!  But we were celebrating Marki’s goal, a nice wrister from the left side. Unfortunately, it would be our only goal of the game . . . ]

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[Well played between evenly matched teams . . . ]

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[2nd period, a shout out to Taylor and Allison on defense . . . ]

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[Oh-oh, here come the Mustangs . . . ]

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[There was a slight pause in the action for no apparent reason.  So Kristin engaged in conversation with the ref.  So, how are the wife and kids?]

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[And, Do you have a favorite movie for the Oscar?]

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[OK, here we go again . . . ]

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[We have Meg and Marki and an unidentified Card on a blue line face-off.  As always, Coach Arola keeps mixing the lines.  Behind the bench in civvies are Kaci Trosvig and Erin O’Kane – hoping to have them back for the tournament . . . ]

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[McKenna and Anna in on goal . . . ]

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[Here Talia Olson (27), senior defense, joins Marki and Calley in an offensive zone face-off . . . ]

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[Allison is on defense with Olivia, mixing the 5 defensemen rotation . . . ]

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[Looks like a Cardinal is tackled as she neared the end zone . . . ]

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[I believe there was a penalty call on that one . . . ]

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[Josie and Talia . . . ]

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[Chase it down . . . ]

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[Drat, stifled again . . . ]

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[We thought their 3rd goal was of dubious authentification.  Nevertheless, it’s still a game . . . ]

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[The 3rd period was ours.  I don’t know if they went strictly into a defense mode, or if our pressure was wearing them down – maybe a combination of both . . . ]

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[Still, we just couldn’t get one past their goalie.  Here Kristin’s in on offense again . . . ]

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[McKenna fires a shoot . . . ]

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[Ooops, deflected off to the left . . . ]

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[And this was the scene particularly through the last half of the period . . . ]

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[Cards are buzzing all around their net . . . ]

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[But there goes the puck out the other side . . . ]

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[The metaphor for the game – McKenna’s right there, but . . . We all thought, certainly unbiased, that the Cards had the better of the play.  Not only in territorial edge, but in shots, both on-goal and total.  So our fans had a good feeling about the game, even with the loss, and gave the team a nice ovation at the end.  We now have 10 days to get everyone healthy for the start of tournament play. ]

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[Breck 3, Alexandria 1. Olivia Mobley scored twice to push Class 1A, No. 2 Breck past No. 3-1A Alexandria.  Marki Oberg scored the Cardinals only goal in the first period, while Mustangs goaltender Uma Corniea stopped 19 shots in the final two periods protect her team’s lead in a 26-save performance.  ~  Minnesota Girls Hockey Hub.  Their star, Mobley (17, you can see her in some photos), lived up to her billing.  She’s only a sophomore, but she’s big, fast, and strong, and apparently has already committed to Quinnipiac’s Division 1 program.]

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Then it was on to the entertainment portion of the day’s festivities.  Josie was on a weekend break from her freshman year in college, and was back performing at the winery which she has done since she was 12.

[The aforementioned Josie . . . ]

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[Why yes, we are wine club members and picked up our quarterly stock . . . ]

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[Everyone loves Josie; and everyone who has been to Budapest loves the city.  So, here’s Josie singing “Budapest.”]

[By 3:00, all tables were taken . . . ]

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[You can see through the windows it was a nice wintery day.  As usual, there was a weekend wedding at the winery.  They were taking photos of the wedding party outside – the bride just in her gown in 15-degree snowy weather.  I applauded her Minnesota-ness . . . ]

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[I always think of this as Julie and Matt Velline’s song.  But that’s OK.  Josie and the Vellines are a mutual admiration society . . . ]

[So, even with the hockey loss, it was an all around terrific day!]

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[Thanks, Josie!]

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You can’t get too much winter in winter.  ~  Robert Frost

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” 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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