Girl/Boy Hockey Sweep – Both in OT!

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[This was the first game last Thursday, the girls were hosting the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors.  An overtime pants-wetter.  But a big conference win!  🙂  ]

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[When we first arrived it appeared KXRA was breaking in a new broadcast team?  😉  ]

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[Opening face-off, Cards in home whites.]

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[Early game feeling out process.]

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[Cards storm the zone with Kaitlin Leary (26), Alexis Heckert (20), and Nicole Bartels (23).]

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[Micaela Swenson (34), a senior, her last RCC regular season game.]

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[Here comes McKenzie Revering (29) – met and had a nice visit with her dad (and Parker’s) before the game.]

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[McKenna Ellingson (24), mustering all the strength an 8th-grader can.]

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[A shot . . . from Rev (looks like 29)?]

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[Freshman Allison O’Kane (36) pinches in from her defense position.]

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[I thought Allison had a particularly strong game, both offensively and defensively.]

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[Oh my, looks like Kristin Trosvig (15) has an opening . . . ]

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[Heckert and O’Kane, an 8th-grader and a freshman in the middle of things.]

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[Karina Carlsen (31) pairs with O’Kane on defense.]

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[Hanan Hansen (11) struggles to remain upright after winning the draw.]

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[Mari Wosepka (18) tries to open the back door.]

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[Name that Cardinal?  Right-handed, number starts with a ‘2’?  Go for it!]

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[Swenson on the left, Mackenzie Abrahamson (17) on the right.]

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[Looks like Ellingson with the puck popping up at the goalie’s eye level.]

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[Despite all that action, the first period ended in a scoreless tie.]

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[The defensive pair of Leary and Bartels (also playing her last regular season RCC game) ready for the 2nd period face-off.]

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[A Cardinal behind the goal, a Cardinal in the goalie’s lap, Revering moving in, Leary protecting the right flank . . .]

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[The Cards are buzzing with Trosvig and Sam Klimek (37).]

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[Bartels unleashes a slap shot.]

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[Rev and Sam are in again.]

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[Ohhh, and another just missed.]

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[McKenna chases it down, and yet somehow through all this, a really good period for the Cards, the Flying Warriors scored two goals early in the period?  There must have been a tear in the space-time continuum?]

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[O’Kane continuing her fine game . . . ]

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[And finally Heckert scored unassisted to pull the Cards within 1 – 2 after the 2nd period.]

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[And now the 3rd period face-off?  I must have had a concentration lapse here . . . ]

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[Because this my only other 3rd period photo, thereby missing Rev’s tying goal on an assist from Trosvig.]

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[So, we went into OT.]

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[I felt comfortable going into OT because I thought we were the better team . . . though anything can happen.  We got the only penalty of the game in the overtime period so I thought, “Oooops!”]

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[But almost as soon as we completed the penalty kill, Hanah scored the game winner on assists from Kristin and Kaitlin.  Woo-woo!  Only one more road game left on the regular season schedule.]

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[And then it was on to the boys’ game against Brainerd.  Brainerd and Little Falls fly solo on the boys’ side – in fact we would host Little Falls the following night, so stayed tuned.]

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[The flag bearers from our all powerful bantam teams.]

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[Split right, 44-Z square out, Omaha, on the deuce.  Ready.  Break!]

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[Let’s play hockey!  We appear to be back to full strength, so the line of  Mack Strong (16), Zach Johnson (17), and Ryan Marciniak (20) has been re-united.]

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[Eli Heckert (27) with a slapper from the blue line.  If the name sounds familiar, see game one.]

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[Appears to be Parker Revering (3), with Strong in arrears.]

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[Johnson and Strong on an offensive zone face-off.]

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[After another strong push by the Johnson line, the first period ended in a scoreless tie despite a 19 – 6 shots-on-goal advantage for the Cards.]

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[In the 2nd period, that line is on the attack again.]

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[Alec Wospeka (8) circles the net while Jack Steffl (2) comes down the middle.]

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[Micah Christenson (39) in full flight . . .]

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[Yup, that’s Micah.]

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[GOOOOAAAAALLLL!  Strong from Marciniak after the Warriors had scored earlier in the period.]

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[Chris Canavati (11) providing protection for goalie Christian Reimers (31).]

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[Despite total domination by the Cards, we remain tied after two periods.]

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[GOOAAALLLL!  15 seconds into the 3rd period, Marciniak scored from Johnson . . . ]

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[The congrats . . . ]

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[A minute later Wosepka scored . . . ]

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[From Revering and Canavati.]

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[We were finally going to put this bad boy away!]

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[Incredibly the Warriors scored two goals in the next two minutes to tie it up again?  Four goals in less than 4 minutes in the period!  What the . . . ?]

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[So this game goes into overtime.  Uffda!  Did I mention the supervisor gave up the ghost after period one – the whole girls’ game and the first period of the boys’ hockeyed her out.  Super Fan Robo and I managed to last the entire night.]

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[Into OT spoiler alert . . . we won!  Oh, you knew that already.]

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[It was only fair because we dominated the whole game.]

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[Canavati scored the winner from Steffl and Wosepka!  Impressive performance by the Cards.  And most amazing, I didn’t know till I checked the stats, we didn’t get a penalty the entire game.]

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[Well done – now rest up for the Flyers on the following night.]

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?  ~  George Carlin

Up next:  Yup, hockey.

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