The Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey team racked up its fifth straight victory by sweeping its three games at the Simley Holiday Tourney Dec. 27-29. The Bluejackets took home the championship trophy with a 3-0 win over the host Spartans in Saturday’s finals.
Collin Anderson’s power-play goal and Veeti Uuttera’s netted shot had the Bluejackets up 2-0 after two period. Dustin Davis finished off a solid tourney with a short-handed goal eight minutes into the third period for insurance. Jacob Sibell logged the shutout by stopping all 32 Simley shots.
“I think the boys really played as a team over the tourney’s games. Our lines seem to be gelling, and the big thing is our boys worked their butts off with three solid games in a row,” said a proud C-I Coach Mark Kissner.
In Friday’s semifinals, it was Davis’ power-play goal 4:19 into overtime that lifted the Jackets to a 2-1 win over DC Everest of Wisconsin. Davis scored the game’s first goal midway in the third period, but the Evergreens forged a tie by scoring with 52 seconds left in regulation after pulling their goalie.
Cambridge-Isanti defeated Albert Lea 4-2 in the Dec. 27 quarterfinals. Mitch Renstrom made it 2-1 with a pair of second-period goals. Levi Miller found the net to start the third period and Anderson finished off a four-point game with a late goal. Sibell finished with 26 saves against the Tigers.
• Back on Dec. 21, the Bluejackets defeated the Minneapolis Novas 2-1 on goals by Renstrom and Preston Simon.
Mississippi 8 Boys Hockey: Buffalo 0-0, 5-5-2; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 3-7-1; Monticello 1-0, 3-7-1; Cambridge-Isanti 0-1, 6-6; Rogers 0-0, 3-7-1; Becker-Big Lake 0-1, 4-5.
Jacket Wrestlers 4th at Rumble
Cambridge-Isanti enjoyed its best placing ever at the Rumble on the Red over the holiday break, finishing 4th out of the 66 teams competing. Just 12.5 points separated the top four teams at the Dec. 28-29 gathering: Albert Lea (166.5), West Fargo, ND (166.5), Jackson Co. Central (160) and C-I (154).
Senior Travis Holt led the Bluejackets by sweeping his matches to take 1st at 145 lbs. Holt decisioned JCC’s Moore 6-4 in the championship bout.
Also medaling for Cambridge-Isanti were Cody Skog (3rd), Ty Torgerson (4th) and Monty Fredriksen (8th).
• Back on Dec. 21, the Bluejackets won a home dual with Owatonna 36-25. Posting pins for C-I were Brady Kuntz at 106, Holt at 152, Skog at 70 and Kyle Chromy at 220.
Mississippi 8 Wrestling: St. Michael-Alb. 10-2; Cambridge-Isanti 10-1; Big Lake 5-0; Rogers 5-3; Monticello 4-2; Buffalo 1-5.
C-I Girls Hoops split at Richfield
The Bluejacket girls basketball team went 1-1 to place 3rd at the Richfield Holiday Tourney last week. In their final game, the Cambridge-Isanti girls defeated St. Paul Highland Park 66-34 behind 19 points from Brynn Liljander, along with 16 points and 8 rebounds from Amanda Hanson. Adding scoring were Lily Porta (8), Paige Muehlhauser (7) and Justine Larson (7 points/9 rebounds).
In the opener, the host Spartans clipped the Jackets 65-40. Larson had 12 points and 7 rebounds for C-I, with Porta adding 8 points and Brooke Larson 6.
Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: Monticello 10-2 all; St. Michael-Alb. 8-2; Cambridge-Isanti 5-3; Rogers 6-5; Buffalo 5-6; Big Lake 4-5.
CIMPC Hockey goes 1-1 in holiday tourney
The Bluejacket girls hockey team defeated tourney host Sartell 3-2 in Day 2 of the Dec. 26-27 holiday tourney. Goals by Katie Carlson and Shelby Bosell tied the game in the second period, then Ally Erickson ripped a rocket from the blue line for the game-winner in the third. Jessie Benson made 26 saves against the Sabres.
The Bluejackets opened action with a 4-0 loss to the St. Cloud Icebreakers on Thursday. Benson finished with 32 saves.
Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey: North Wright Co. 2-0, 12-2-1; Buffalo 2-1, 10-3; Princeton 1-0, 9-3-1; Rogers 1-2, 3-8-2; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-3, 3-13.
C-I Boys Hoops 0-2 at Moorhead Holiday Tourney
The Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball team was defeated 92-48 by Roseville in the Dec. 28 opener of the Moorhead Holiday Tourney. In the 3rd-place game, Pelican Rapids topped the Bluejackets 79-53.