Tough One

The girls hockey team came out flying last night against their latest consortium opponent, the Sartell-St. Stephen/Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm’n Sabres (Sartell is the Sabres part, Sauk Rapids the Storm). The Cards totally dominated the first place team in the conference (their only loss was to Alex, 5-2, at their place in the third game of the season) in the first period and had a 10-3 shot advantage. The 2nd period was much of the same, and finally Shelby Iverson scored to give the Cards a 1-0 after 2 periods. Then a funny thing happened. The teams totally reversed their roles. The Cards appeared exhausted and the Storm’n Sabres took over the game. (There was no mention by the hockey parents around us, but we had to wonder whether they were feeling all right. Illness has been going the school – Claire Illies played in the Tuesday game but her parents said she felt awful, and last night only two of the five cheerleaders were there because of illness.) The Storm’n Sabres have a Division I prospect who we held totally in check in the first two periods, but Kendra Rasmussen took over the third. She is the real deal, and only a junior. She has been averaging two goals a game this season, and she scored twice in the 3rd. Her 2nd came shortly after Shelby had scored again for the Cards giving us a brief 2–1. The game went into OT, but there was little question which team was going to win – the momentum was all with the Storm’n Sabres. Shortly into OT, the Cards got a penalty, and Rasmussen scored the game winner (and a hat trick for her) almost immediately.

Super Fan attendance has been falling. Last night some of the hockey moms came over and sat with us because we looked lonely. Dusty did arrive at game time, and Karen Meuwissen came with daughter Beth Rindy (from last year’s team), who was still on holiday break from Bemidji State. We’ll keep cheering the team on, and we still like their chances come tournament time.

After a good showing at the Roseau Holiday tournament, the boys hockey team has lost two in a row. Last night at Sartell, 6-3. Their record is now 4-8.

The comeback story of the year is the boys basketball team. They started the season 0-3 and looked dead in the water. After beating St. Cloud Tech, 59-50, on the road last night, they have now won four games in a row. The girls basketball team takes their unbeaten record to Apollo tonight. They are tied with Sartell for 1st place, as Sartell just defeated Fergus, the other previously unbeaten conference team.

p.s. Shoulda known something bad was going to happen last night – forgot my camera! Another sign of onrushing senility.

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