On to the Section Finals!

2-12-13-82[Thursday night.  Section semi-finals.  Detroit Lakes.  Last year DL upset us in the section finals.  The six seniors, in their final game ever at the RCC, were not about to let it happen again this year.  Total domination.]

Japan'83The band was there.  It was sections after all.  When the band is there, they play the anthem – as it should be.  But we always wonder if we’re playing with fire if Roger and Dusty don’t sing it.  Superstitions, you know.  I guess I never realized how much I was into pomp and circumstance until I noticed I took more photos before the game even started than . . . during the game?  It’s easier – you can see stuff comin’.  When we arrived – maybe 20 minutes before face-off, Roger was all by himself at his spot on the red line.  No one else was around, except for a few band members – their promptness is to be appreciated.  For with just minutes before game time, the arena was still unpopulated.  Was it the wrong night?  Then, suddenly, a big crowd seemed to arrive at once.  Were they playing Bingo in The Warming House?

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[Mitch Loch, the head coach of the state championship team, was subbing for Andy who was away on family business.]

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[“The Voices” were there and in fine fettle.  I have no idea where “fine fettle” is?  And I just ended a sentence with “is.”]

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[Micaela (34), in warm-ups.]

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[Is it Hanah (11)?]

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[Starts with a “2” but I have no idea because the first letter of the appears to be a “G.”  We have no Gees!

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[Hanah (11), but if these people were on the road they would be ticketed because their ponytails block their “license plates”!]

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[Becca (36) and Taylor (24) along the boards, McKenzie (29), foreground.]

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[Rachel (4)?]

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[Rachel (4)!]

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[A numberless player with a good looking slap shot.]

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[Shelby (38) chasing Melissa (6)]

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[Melissa’s slapper.]

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[Kaila (7)]

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[Becca (37)]

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[Becca, the aftermath.]

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[Rachel, again?]

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[The band – and I knew that even without uniform numbers!]

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[Madi (12) and Bailey (35).  Pot roast, you?]

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[Alfalfa sprouts and a plate of mashed yeast.]

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[Now what?]

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[Just a couple folks hanging around the Zamboni.]

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[The line-up for introductions.]

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[How many players can be on the ice at any one time?]

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[The introductions – Micaela (34).]

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[Shelby]

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[Becca]

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[Anna (31)]

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[Shanee’ (40)]

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[McKenzie (29)]

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[Amy (33)]

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[Aaaaaayyyyyyy!]

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[Saddle-up, ladies!!]

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[Band, part deux.]

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[Aaaaayyyyyyyy!!]

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[AAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!  (Of course, that’s just a guess.)]

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[Congratulations, if you hung around this long you made it to the start of the game!]

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[Amy tending our goal.]

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[Goodness, it appears our Cardinals have scored!  Becca, from Shanee’ and Anna.  Let the celebration begin!  🙂 ]

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[Let’s go tell the bench we scored!]

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[Did you guys see that?  Woo-woo!]

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[Taylor (24) takes the face-off; Madi (12) jumps the gun.]

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[GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!]

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[Anna, from Shelby and Becca]

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[The lonely life of the goalie.]

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[Anyone??]

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[More hugging?  Melissa, from Taylor.]

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[Not looking good for the Lakers with 7 minutes still left in the 1st period.]

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[Then the Cards had a defensive boo-boo.  A Laker got in alone and scored – only their 2nd shot of the game.]

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[Becca and Shelby seem perplexed?]

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[More likely, they didn’t like it!]

2-12-13-61[So the Cards scored right back!]

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[Melissa again, from Taylor.]

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[As we say, Melissa always scores in 2’s.  😉 ]

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[After one – it was pretty much decided.]

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[Allegedly known acquaintances of a Bemidji State Beaver.]

I thought I’d try something different with the video this time, wild-eyed adventurer that I am.  At the start of the 2nd period, I went down to ice level behind the DL net.  Uffda, with players and pucks whizzing by me, I got a better feel of what it’s like to be part of the action.  And as a certified coward, I’d want no part of it!  The video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9P9k-3kRLg

As usually happens, because the Cards were so dominant in the game, they had lots of scoring chances while I was shooting.  But no goals during the video.  Within seconds of shutting down the camera, Becca scored on a beautiful one-timer from Shelby.  I was talking to Dan Rooney behind the net and didn’t even have the camera ready for stills!  Arrggghhh!

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[The aftermath of Becca’s goal.  Nicole also assisted.]

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[Back in my regular seat, the Cards buzz the Laker net again.]

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[Becca and Shelby head back on D.]

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[Card around the DL defense.]

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[Looks like Hanah taking a draw in the DL zone.]

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[With Kaila (7) and Mari (18).]

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[More Cardinal pressure.]

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[Taylor]

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[Madi]

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[After two, the Lakers 2nd goal was on a power play – a deflection on a long shot.]

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[The Cards were more dominating than the 3-goal lead would indicate.  So, we scored again (puck in the back of the net).]

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[Becca completing the hat trick, from Shanee’ and Shelby.]

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[Then Shelby wrapped up the scoring, from Becca and Anna.]

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[Yay!]

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[When explaining hockey to a novice, the first rule is if your team is hugging, that’s good!]

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[Wrapping it up.]

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[Game over!  🙂 ]

The Cards were the section’s No.1-seed; DL was seeded 4th.  On Friday night, the Cards will face 2nd-seeded Fergus Falls in Detroit Lakes for the section championship.  At least some of the Super Fans will be there – likely hitting Zorbaz first for a pre-game nosh!

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