Fergus Otter Fall *

* Confessing that’s an old homecoming slogan from back in the day.

December 15

[The JVers did their thing.  It was fun to watch the 3rd period when I believe we got 4 goals.]

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[Two of my favorites:  The Amazing Mr. Ripley on camera; and McKenzie Revering, senior on injured reserve, who is now an assistant bench coach while on the mend . . . ]

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[Here Rev opines to head coach Molly Arola a winning strategy for beating the Otters.]

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[Cardinal captain, senior goalie Sarah Finley , chats it up with the constabulary and the Otter hierarchy.]

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[Dress right, dress!]

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[And the opening kickoff:  Junior Kristin Trosvig (15), junior Josie Minnerath (6), and sophomore McKenna Ellingson (24).]

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[It went that-a-way.]

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[McKenna swoops into the Otter zone, passport not necessary.]

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[Senior Ashten Oberg (3) and junior Kaia Illies (13) attempt to ward off the Otter hoards.]

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[Kristin scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at one in the 1st period . . .]

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[And then shows her true magic by somehow changing to No. 14 (freshman Mayson Toft) while skating to the bench?]

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[The Otters goalie’s mom was sitting right in front of us, so I had to mind my P’s and Q’s.]

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[Josie and sophomore Alexis Heckert (20) applying pressure.]

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[Cardinals of the future entertained between periods . . . ]

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[And then get high (well, maybe low) fives from their varsity idols.]

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[They are the Whitecaps.]

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[8th-grader Anna Doherty (7) performs a U-turn.]

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[McKenna retied the game 2 – 2 after a power play goal by the Otters.]

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[The aforementioned Ms. Toft]

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[Where’d everybody go?]

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[Alexis on the draw, junior Calley Richardson (19) on point.]

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[Kristin and Calley on the attack . . .]

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[And crowding the goal.]

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[And now Alexis as the goalie clutches another shot.]

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[Junior defense Taylor Breitkreutz (34)]

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[Our first look at 8th-grader Marki Oberg (10).  With two Obergs on the team, how long will it be before I call them Oberts?]

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[Taylor with Fergus player No. 6 – I know that because it’s the number on her jersey.]

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[Senior Megan Pesta (8) screens the goalie.]

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[GOOAAAAALLLLL!  Alexis assisted by Megan. To end the suspense, 3 – 2 would be the final score for the Cards.]

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[Remember . . . girls hockey is a non-contact sport.]

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[Something we’ve seen often so far, and will likely for the rest of the year – Kristin on a breakaway.]

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[But a good stop by the now mask-less goalie.]

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[After two . . . ]

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[Megan and Alexis working for a 2nd goal as a pair.]

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[And now joined by friends.]

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[Alexis takes on three Otters.]

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[Anna and Megan]

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[Ashton, Kaia, and Marki]

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[McKenna on the doorstep.]

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[And the final, but don’t believe your lyin’ eyes.  The official shot count was 37 – 24?]

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Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body with dental records.  ~  Unknown

Up Next:  Holiday stuff.

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