Jacket girls skate to 2nd at holiday tourney

Pulling out their second thriller in overtime this season, the Bluejacket girls hockey team defeated host New Prague 7-6 to open last weekend’s holiday tourney Nov. 25. While flat on her belly, senior Holly Guerin slapped home the game-winner 1:55 into the extra session.

Freshman Steph Cannon (7) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the first goal in the Bluejackets' 5-3 win over Tartan Nov. 29.

Megan Erickson and Jordan Ramey scored Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City goals in the first period, but the Trojans led 4-2 after two periods.

“When this team doesn’t allow their energy to fade away we can skate and pressure any team and that is the main factor in any comeback. We came out strong in the 3rd period, especially our Red Line of Kristen Eustice, Jordan (Ramsey) Ramey and Alyssa Christenson by each one scoring the first three goals of the period,” noted CIMPC Coach Jeff McCann.

Ramey’s hat trick goal had the Jackets ahead 6-5, but New Prague tied it on the power play with 25 seconds left in regulation. A.J. Smith finished with 31 saves for the Jackets. Erickson and Steph Cannon both had 2 assists in the win.

In the championship of the New Prague tourney, Mississippi 8 partner Rogers got past CIMPC 5-1 Nov. 26, building a 4-0 lead after two periods. Ramey scored the Jackets’ lone goal to open the third off assists from Alex Nelson and Erickson.

Bluejackets 5, Tartan 3

Skating hard in their Nov. 29 home-opener, the CIMPC girls raised their season record to 3-4 with the 5-3 non-conference win over the Titans. The Bluejackets’ strong forecheck was instrumental in creating a 42-26 edge in shots-on-goal.

Cannon got things started when she banged home a goal on the doorstep off assists from Kaity Ripp and Guerin. The Titans quickly tied the game on the power-play, but when they iced the puck at the 12 minute mark, Christenson made them pay when she swept the puck to Eustice who one-timed it into the net for a 2-1 lead which held to the end of the first.

Right after scoring a tie-breaking goal, Bluejacket defender Megan Erickson (11, left) pick-pocketed Tartan’s Ellie Tabaka to foil a breakaway attempt in the Nov. 29 game. Erickson then delivered the game-winning goal four minutes later in the Bluejackets’ 5-3 victory on the home ice.

Tartan answered again with a low shot early in the second period. But Erickson gave the Jackets the lead with a ripped slapshot three minutes later. Then while on the power play, Erickson scored the eventual game-winner off a Katie McCann pass. Ramey continued her scoring stretch by delivering a goal 2:32 into the third off a Taylor Bowker assist.

“It was the most complete game we’ve played this year,” said Coach McCann.