Four and Oh!

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[May as well start with these Echo Press photos.  At top is Alexis Heckert (20) and McKenna Ellingson (24), and on the bottom is Kristin Trosvig (15).  As you will note from the following amended rosters, these are the Baby Birds.]

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[It was great to be back home after our weekend in The Cities.  Haven’t spilled a thing on myself while eating since we’ve been home!  Oh, a score?  Cards are now 4 – 0 on the season with a solid 3 – 1 win over the Moorhead Spuds Tuesday night! Two goals by Kristin Trosvig with the capper by McKenzie Revering, backed by the goaltending of Amy Jost. The Card defense held the Spuds to only one shot on goal in the 2nd period and only 5 over the last two periods (I believe the Cards went 8-8-8 in shots, great symmetry!)]

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[Amy Jost]

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[McKenzie Revering]

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[Lauren Niska]

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[The Defense]

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[Mari Wosepka]

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[McKenna Ellingson]

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[Alexis Heckert]

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[The Offense and The Team]

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[Mash the Spuds!!  Naw, too predictable and boring.  Puree the Spuds!!  Getting closer.  Fricassee the Spuds!!  The best we’re gonna do before the puck drop.]

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[Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? McKenzie and Lauren are in their 4th varsity year of being paired together on defense. They probably finish each other’s sentences . . . ]

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[And they’re off . . . ]

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[Hanah Hansen (11), senior forward is back and delighted to have her.  Lest you forgot, she’s the leading returning scorer from last year’s team and Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes’s grand niece (I think I got that right).]

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[Face-off taken by Alexis in the offensive zone while Mari and McKenna attempt to pin the Spuds’ sticks.]

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[There it is . . . ]

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[Now where’d it go?]

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[The bench seems to think it’s in our right-hand corner?]

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[Mari shoots!  It appears to be heading toward the 5-hole.  Lauren’s in close looking for a rebound.]

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[Tristin and Lauren smother the goal.]

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[Mari’s in position for a shot.]

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[Mari and McKenna are all over it.]

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[Finally, GOOOAAALLLL by Kristin from Hanah and other linemate Megan Pesta (8), junior forward.]

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[CELEBRATION]

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[Two home games, 2 penalty shots, go figure – sophomore defense Allison O’Kane (36) did everything good, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the goalie. There was a big scrum in front of the Spud net, whistle blew, long ref discussions with both benches, the penalty shot ensued, we do not know why?   In 12 previous years of going to high school hockey games, I think I saw two penalty shots, total?]

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[Period 1]

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[McKenna and Mari in the offensive zone early in the 2nd period.]

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[Mari sweeping in along the far boards.  Vinnie (beard), the RCC manager, keeps an eye on the play.]

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[OK, what’re we all doing back here?]

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[GOOAAAALLLL!!!  Kristin’s 2nd, again from Hanah.  Hate shooting at such an angle through the glass – always distortions at the seems.]

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[Kaitlin Leary (26), junior, and Karina Carlsen (31), senior, man the posts.  Allison is in the mix of the 5 varsity defensemen.]

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[Mari shoots . . . ]

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[Alexis tries to hold position in the slot.]

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[Period 2]

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[Cards try to keep the Spuds from escaping their own zone.]

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[Mackenzie Abrahamson (17), senior forward, is a good story like we seem to have every year.  She hasn’t had a lot of varsity playing time until this year.  Now she’s on a regular shift and got her first ever varsity goal this year.  Cheers for Mackenzie!]

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[A Card at a Spud party – No. 11 was a player for them.]

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[Looks like Lauren moving in with Hanah.]

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[Rev wrapped it up.  She tried a slap shot that deflected back to her, so she stick handled in a little closer and rifled a wrist shot over the goalie’s shoulder.  Assists to Abrahamson and Sam Klimek (37), senior forward.]

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[And the JV won by the same score!  🙂   ]

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[At DL on Thursday, Mound Westonka at home on Friday.  Cover for us!]

Time and trouble will tame an advance young woman, but an advance old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.  ~  Dorothy L. Sayers

Up next:  Aloha!  Keep an eye on things, back in a couple of weeks, likely with lightly toasted skin.

About tomobert63

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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