The View From the Penalty Box

Sartell-Sauk Rapids – 2, Alexandria – 1

This was the game for first place in the conference.  For some reason, the rules of hockey were changed for this game . . . our Cardinals only got to use four skaters throughout??

But more about that later . . .

[A re-uniting of past and current announcers . . . ]

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[The JV game . . .  I saw about the final 2/3’s of the game.]

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[In a nutshell, I thought we were outstanding.  I can see why we won the Hastings tournament.  We’re the first JV team I can recall that plays three lines.  We passed well, always seemed to have players in position for rebounds, and were always looking for cutters going toward the goal. Good for us!]

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[The varsity warming up . . . ]

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[And play begins . . . ]

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[Go back to the beginning as a refresher.  Here’s our first (and only) goal by Mari Wosepka (18).  It was shorthanded . . . because we were always shorthanded!  This goal was in the 2nd period and gave us a 1 – 0 lead. Amazing, as we had 3 penalties in the 1st period and 4 in the 2nd (so we were shorthanded over half of the period.]

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[Mari in on some more action.]

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[But their big defense rode us away all game . . . ]

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[Two Cardinals v. five Stormin’ Sabres, not numbers made for success.]

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[Here Sam Kilmek (37) at least got off a clean shot, but hit the goalie dead center.]

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[Kristin Trosvig (15) commiserates with a teammate.]

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[Is that Mari again?]

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[Cardinal schmushed on the boards.  Kind of a metaphor for the whole game.  The Cards just were too tired in  the 3rd, and the Stormin’ Sabres finally scored a power player and then got the game winner late in the game – final 2 – 1.  Amy Jost played great in goal and kept us in the game.  I was reminded that those guys have won the last four conference titles, so the Cards really wanted this one.  They are a class AA team, however, and that makes  it tough – Sartell has a population of 17,000 and Sauk Rapids 13,000, so they are drawing from a base more than twice that of Alex.  At game’s end, Coach Hovel could barely contain himself in his radio interview, saying they got all the calls and we got none.  Their fans, and they had a lot of them, called for penalties on every incidental contact – they must realize it works?  We won earlier at their place, and I’m not saying we could have won this one, but playing shorthanded so much it was very difficult. ]

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I sat at the game with The Voice who was monitoring the score of the girls’ basketball game against Brainerd taking place simultaneously across town.  He reported the Cards had 53 points at the half!  Whoa, we haven’t been scoring that many in entire games lately.  The next morning I saw Mark Nelsen, retired cross-country coach, at the gym – he was at the game, said Kendall hit her first five 3-point attempts and had 19 points at the half.  The Cards, naturally, won big.  When I got home from the hockey game, I turned on Gopher women’s basketball.  They were at Illinois and Carly Wagner was shooting free throws.  The announcers said she ‘only’ had 13 points.  Then Rachel Banham missed back-to-back open 3’s.  I assumed the Gophers were losing.  Then they gave the score – the Gophers had 106, with 5 minutes left in the game (they scored no more).  A big win – Banham had 39 points, matching her career high, and was 10 – 15 on 3’s!  The team had 19 3’s, matching the conference record!

A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can’t hit one another.  ~  Jimmy Cannon

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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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