Prelude to State

February 13

Yes, we’re into tournament time.  By now you know are Cards not only won this game against Willmar, 2-1, but also the section final two nights later against River Lakes, 3-0 (while the Super and I took a brief road trip to Colorado).  So again, as usual, we’re off to the state tournament where, as the No. 4 seed, we open with 5th-seeded St. Paul United.girls hockey sections - Copygirls hockey sections2 - Copygirls hockey sections3 - Copy

[DMac and Bob Cunniff ready for the KXRA broadcast . . . ]

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[Cardinal captains from both teams for the pre-game meet and greet . . . ]

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[So, how’re things?]

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[The formation for Roger Riley’s rendition of the Anthem . . . ]

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[What’s discussed in here, stays in here . . . ]

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[A decision has been reached . . . ]

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[This has been a really fun team to watch all year – and I am not surprised by their success . . . ]

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[Top to bottom: Anna Doherty (7), Alexis Heckert (20), and McKenna Ellingson (24) . . . ]

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[This is a team that can play three lines , and often mix them up during the game . . . ]

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[Here’s Marki Oberg (10), who has finished the season on a strong uptick . . . ]

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[The play was in the Willmar zone most of the game . . . ]

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[So the game was not nearly as close as the score would indicate . . . ]

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[The puck was here a second ago??]

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[Has anybody seen the puck?]

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[It must be under here somewhere?]

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[Hey, I saw it first!]

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[And here come our Cards again – Calley Richardson (19) with McKenna . . . ]

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[There it is – over there!]

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[Kristin Trosvig (15), Olivia Kopp (13), and Calley keeping the other Cards penned in their own zone . . . ]

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[Kristin, Calley, and Kaci Trosvig (25) up close and personal with the Willmar goalie . . . ]

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[But it’s a “no contact” sport . . . ]

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[Drat!  It got away again!]

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[But they’re back again, joined by Mayson Toft (14) . . . ]

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[Calley in the middle of the Trosvigs . . . ]

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[Meg Shercliffe joins the fray . . . ]

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[Getting ready for period 2 . . . ]

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[Looks like Allison O’Kane (36) has drawn a grin from McKenna . . . ]

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[And here we go with, again from top to bottom:  McKenna, Alexis, Anna . . . ]

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[Kaci with Talia Olson (27) . . . ]

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[GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!  By Mayson!]

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[Group hugs with sticks can be dangerous?]

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[Future Cards looking on from behind the glass?]

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[GOOOOAAAALLLLL!  By Taylor Breitkreutz (34)!  So, both goals by defensemen . . . ]

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[Another Cardinal rush with Josie Minnerath (6) and Hadlee Hansen (18) . . . ]

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[Only a one goal game after 2, but we felt it was in hand . . . ]

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[Kaci . . . ]

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[And Josie and Hadlee . . . ]

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[Ride out the game . . . ]

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[We’ll take it!  And again I forgot to get a shot of our goalie, Hailee Bailey (35).  Darn.  But see you at the Xcel Energy Center this week!]

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The problem with winter sports is that—follow me closely here—they generally take place in winter.  ~  Dave Barry

Tom:  Something likely to do with sports, Colorado, 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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