Huge game at home vs. Rogers coming Jan. 29
Continuing their trend of solid late-game play, the Bluejacket boys stung visiting St. Michael-Albertville with a 5-3 rally win Jan. 20. The victory keeps Cambridge-Isanti on the heels of Rogers in the Mississippi 8 standings heading toward a huge matinee game this Saturday.
Thursday night at Isanti, the Knights owned a 2-0 lead early in the second period before C-I’s Josh Klingseisen scored a short-handed goal. But just 42 seconds into the third, SMA went up 3-1 on a power-play goal.
“In the first period STMA definitely had a quicker pace then we did. We had shots and opportunities, but they were skating better and dictating more of the play,” replayed C-I Coach Chad Carlson. “In the second, we definitely picked up the pace, had a lot more quality chances and applied a lot of pressure. We outshot them 13-8, but their goalie came through with key saves.”
With just over 6 minutes to play, Klingseisen began the rally, followed less than a minute later by Brennan Osen netting a shot to tie the game at 3-3. Klingseisen then completed the hat trick a mere 24 seconds later to push the Jackets ahead.
“You could really feel the tide turn and the momentum shift when Josh scored. It was a wonderful pass from Tim Holter to send Josh in, and the whole bench erupted and really fed off that goal. I cannot say enough good things about this team and the way they have been playing in the third periods as of late. It definitely gives the boys confidence that we are never out of a game. Plus it is great to see them finishing games strong,” said Coach Carlson.
Brandon Ziebarth’s power-play goal with 1:30 to go created space for the Bluejacket victory. Jordan Locken finished with 3 assists for C-I.
‘Fan Appreciation Day’ on Saturday
Following the game at Monticello Jan. 27, the Bluejackets host M-8 leader Rogers in a 3 p.m. game at Isanti on Saturday. It will also be “Fan Appreciation Day” at the Isanti Arena.
“It will be a huge game. We do not want to look past Thursday night in Monti because those 2 points are very important, however the Rogers game is big,” said Coach Carlson. “They beat us once, and realistically to have a chance at the end for a the conference title we need to give Rogers a loss and not rely on other teams to do it. I expect it to be a good game, good pace, and we will need to do a better job of getting the puck to the net than we did the first game. Should be a great day for hockey.”
M-8 Boys Hockey
Rogers 5-0, 9-6-1; Cambridge-Isanti 3-1-1, 9-7-3; Monticello-Ann. 3-2-1, 7-8-1; Buffalo 3-3-2, 3-12-2; Princeton 2-3-1, 5-11-1; St. Michael-Alb. 1-3-1, 8-6-2; Becker-B. Lake 0-5, 3-12.
7AA Leaders: Duluth East 13-3; Grand Rapids 14-3-1; Cloquet-E-C 12-5; Cambridge-Isanti 9-7-3; Forest Lake 7-6-3; Elk River 8-9.