Tie and loss for Jacket Girls Hockey

Goalie Elizabeth Hafner racks up 63 saves in two nights against Rogers, Cloquet

Greg Hunt

The Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City girls put together two solid efforts over consecutive nights at home. They worked for a 1-1 tie with Rogers Friday before falling to redhot Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 3-0 Saturday evening.

Rogers owned a 1-0 lead and put a flurry of shots on the Jackets’ net in the second period. But Shelby Sylvester’s goal with 33 seconds left in the second knotted the game.
CIMPC held a 7-2 shots-on-goal edge in the third, and both teams released 3 shots on net in overtime.

“Our defense played very well tonight, keeping Rogers from getting quality scoring chances. Carly Armstrong played one of her better games of the year shutting down several rushes. Katie Anderson stepped up in a big way when Erica Epsen went down with an ankle injury,” said CIMPC Coach Jeff McCann.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton entered Saturday’s game on a roll after just defeating Section 7AA partners Grand Rapids, Proctor and Duluth in its past three games. But the Bluejackets skated right with the Lumberjacks, opening with an 11-6 shots edge in the first period. CIMPC particularly put a ton of heat on the ‘Jack net during a power play when Taylor Bowker, Alex Nelson and Stephanie Cannon all released good shots.

CIMPC junior center Alex Nelson tried to break free from a Lumberjack defender in the first period of the Jan. 29 game at Isanti.

Later in the first, goalie Elizabeth Hafner made four saves in a row during a C-E-C flurry, and Megan Erickson’s hustling clear helped silence the Lumberjacks’ chances on a power-play late in the period.

Around the 7 minute mark of the second period, Bowker and Cannon just missed connecting on a play tight to the C-E-C net. Then Lumberjack senior Jessie Ryan snapped the shutout on a breakaway where she scored while sprawling out after being tripped. The Lumberjacks knocked home a rebound 4:30 later for the 2-0 edge which held up to intermission.

A fast-paced third period was broken up by Ryan scoring her second goal of the game at the 12:23 mark. The Lumberjacks ended up edging their 7AA partner by only a 32-28 shots edge.

“We came out in the first period and played some of the best position/system hockey we played all year. The girls learned tonight that we can play with these top teams in our section and took another big step in believing in themselves and our system,” said Coach McCann. “It looks to me that Cloquet could be seeded 1, 2 or 3 in our section and could be our first-round matchup, depending on our seed.”

Mound-West. 9, Jackets 3
Metro leading-scorer Taylor Kuehl notched 4 goals and 4 assists when Mound-Westonka took on host CIMPC Feb. 1. The White Hawks are now 4-2 against their former partners of the Mississippi 8.

Megan Eustice, Stephanie Cannon and Kristen Eustice all scored first-period goals for the Bluejackets as the game was tied 3-3. M-W then knocked home three goals each in the next two periods.

Coach McCann: "We played right with Mound-Westonka’s Taylor Kuehl in the first period scoring 3 times.  Kristen Eustice has been skating a regular shift on varsity the last three games and has done a nice job for us; it was nice to see her score her first varsity goal.  Taylor factored in 8 out of the nine goals with 4 goals and 4 assists for MW.  She is the second-leading scorer in the state and will be playing at Ohio State next year.  She has all the tools with great acceleration and is dynamic to watch."

M-8 Girls Hockey
Buffalo 8-0, 17-7; North Wright Co. 5-2, 15-5-1; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 3-4-1, 6-14-2; Rogers 1-5-1, 9-13-1; Princeton 0-8, 4-18.