Bluejacket boys rally on Princeton

Jackets earn another M-8 point with tie at Buffalo

Greg Hunt

It’s always a good time posting a win against a rival. And getting a victory in rally mode sometimes makes it taste that much sweeter.

Billy Winselman allowed no goals in relief when the Bluejackets defeated rival Princeton Jan. 13 (Photos by Greg Hunt)

So it went for the Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey team Thursday night when they came back for a 4-3 win over visiting Princeton, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to collect the Mississippi 8 victory.

The game began with the Bluejackets controlling much of the tempo in the early minutes. But midway through, Princeton’s John Jelinek rapped home a big rebound in front of the C-I net for the 1-0 lead. A little over two minutes later, the Tigers just went on the power play, and Danny Pelzer blasted a shot home right off the faceoff for a 2-0 edge which held the rest of the period.

The Jackets held tough on another Princeton advantage to start the second period, then they began on onslaught on the Tiger net. Near the 6 minute mark, C-I got its own chance on the power play, keeping momentum when passes from Zack Heuring and Sam Renier found Brandon Ziebarth who zipped a wrister into the upper right corner.

The Jackets kept the heat on the Tigers, but a mo-killing goal allowed Princeton to go up 3-1 when the puck was misplayed in front of the C-I net.

The Bluejackets regrouped itself in the locker room, then came out with renewed energy in the third period which saw them out-shoot the Tigers 15-3 in the stanza. Ziebarth began the rally with his second power-play goal of the game 5:29 into the third. Then Josh Klingseisen netted the next two goals, with the game-winner coming with just 36 seconds left in regulation.

Renier picked up 3 assists for the Bluejackets, with Heuring passing for 2 assists. Billy Winselman got the win with relief duty in the C-I nets.

Asked about adjustments against Princeton, Coach Chad Carlson responded, "No real adjustments other then the fact that we shot the puck more.  That was the biggest thing we stressed after the first period is that we need to shot more and quicker, then get to the net. After the first we had 10 shots, and that was not enough considering the amount of puck and zone control we had, then in the second and third we realyl fired some shots at the goalie, I think we ended up with 42 shots on their net."

Regarding what his team is doing well at the 2/3s portion of the 2011 season, Coach Carlson analyzed, "The biggest improvement I have seen in the last few weeks is the power play.  I believe there was one point when our PP% was around 7-10% at its lowest, and now we are up to 21%.  Three of the four goals in the Princeton game were on the PP, and the first goal in the third period of Buffalo was a PP.  Those goals can really give the team a boost and turn the tide and momentum in a game.  Both units, Jackets (Heuring, Epsen, Klingseisen, B. Ziebarth, and Locken) and the CI (Heuring, Renier, Epsen, Grimm, and Holter) are really clicking and working hard."


Jackets 5, Buffalo 5
Cambridge-Isanti picked up another tough point in the M-8 standings by forging a tie at Buffalo on Saturday. Peter Storlie opened the scoring midway through the first period, then Heuring took over with the hat trick.

Zack Heuring, shown here scrapping near the Princeton goal, recorded his second hat trick of the season when the Jackets tied the Bison 5-5 Jan. 18.

Heuring’s back-to-back goals in the third period had C-I ahead 4-3, but the Bison responded with goals 2:30 apart to take the upper hand. Ziebarth came through again for the Jackets, knotting the game with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.

Winselman held tough on 4 saves in OT. Klingseisen garnered 3 assists, and Renier added 2 more assists to his season total.

"In Buffalo, really the same story as against Princeton, we got off quick shots.  Had 31 shots
total.  Hockey is a pretty easy game if you can skate, pass, and shoot
you will find success more times then not," said Coach Carlson.

M-8 Boys Hockey
Rogers 3-0, 7-6-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-1-1, 8-7-3; Buffalo 3-2-1, 3-11-1; Monticello-Ann. 2-1-1, 6-7-1; Princeton 1-2-1, 4-10-1; St. Michael-Alb. 1-2, 7-5-1; Becker-B. Lake 0-4, 3-12.