Jacket boys go 1-2 to start January stretch

Cambridge-Isanti’s Veeti Uuttera buried a close-in shot which tied the Jan. 8 home game with Champlin Park at 1-1. The Rebels scored a late goal in the first period and went on to a 6-2 win.Photos by Greg Hunt

Cambridge-Isanti’s Veeti Uuttera buried a close-in shot which tied the Jan. 8 home game with Champlin Park at 1-1. The Rebels scored a late goal in the first period and went on to a 6-2 win.  Photos by Greg Hunt

The Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey squad began its conference-heavy month of January by going 1-2 in games over the past five days. On Saturday night, the Bluejackets tipped visiting Spring Lake Park 2-1.

Elliott Simon’s power-play goal off a Jacob Sylvester pass tied the game midway through the second period. The game-winner came off T.J. Pagel’s stick with 6:14 left to go in regulation as Veeti Uuttera picked up the assist. Jacob Sibell stayed hot in goal by stopping 30 of 31 Panther shots.

On Jan. 3, the Bluejackets had their five-game win streak snapped when Rogers took the Mississippi 8 Conference match-up 4-3 in overtime. Sylvester scored twice for C-I, including netting a power-play goal, with Simon notching the other Jacket goal. The three-time defending M-8 champ Royals won it on a Brandon Spah shot 2:28 into the extra period, dropping the Jackets to 0-2 in the conference.

Bluejacket senior co-captains Preston Simon (left) and T.J. Pagel wheeled up ice against Champlin Park. Pagel scored the game-winner with six minutes to go in Saturday’s home battle against Spring Lake Park.

Bluejacket senior co-captains Preston Simon (left) and T.J. Pagel wheeled up ice against Champlin Park. Pagel scored the game-winner with six minutes to go in Saturday’s home battle against Spring Lake Park.

The teams will play the rematch at Isanti on Jan. 26.

Champlin Park 6, C-I 2

Tuesday night, Jan. 8, the Cambridge-Isanti boys did not have a crisp passing game going when they fell to visiting Champlin Park 6-2. The Rebels broke up the scoreless game with a push up the left side followed by a buried rebound shot nearly 11 minutes into the first period. C-I withstood a long Rebel possession shortly after, then the Jackets created their own chance when Uuttera fed Mitch Renstrom for a shot in front. On the same shift, Uuttera’s extra effort paid off when he took advantage of a Park turnover and scored from  6 feet out to tie the game at the 16:02 mark.

But the Rebels regained the momentum by pounding in another rebound with just 17 ticks left on the first-period clock for a 2-1 edge. They made it 3-1 only 18 seconds into the second period with yet another score off a rebound. The Bluejackets’ Matt Derby cut the deficit to 3-2 when he clanged in a rocket off the pipe at the 4:26 mark.

The Rebels fought off a C-I power play four minutes later, then they made it 4-2 on a well-screened shot at the 13:43 mark of the period. Champlin Park (4-5-3) put 21 shots on the Jacket net in the third, scoring twice more to roll home with the victory.

The Bluejackets’ next conference game is a Jan. 12 matinee at Buffalo, then they host rival St. Francis Jan. 15 in what is always a spirited game between the section partners.

Mississippi 8  Boys Hockey: Buffalo 0-0, 5-5-2; Rogers 1-0, 4-7-2; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 5-7-1; Monticello 0-0, 4-8-1; Cambridge-Isanti 0-2, 7-8.

CIMPC girls tip Saints 2-1

Scoring twice in the third period, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City nipped host St. Francis 2-1 for the girls fourth win of the season. Steph Cannon worked for the tying goal 6:21 in the period off an Erica Epsen set-up. Six minutes later, Jordan Ramey stole the puck while on the penalty kill and deked the Saints’ goaltender for the game-winner. Megan Thomas got the win in the nets with 18 saves on 19 shots.

On Jan. 8, host North Wright County improved to 3-0 in Mississippi 8 games by blanking the Bluejackets 11-0. Dani Sibley got it started with the natural hat trick in the first period.

Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey: North Wright Co. 3-0, 13-2-1; Buffalo 2-1, 12-3; Princeton 1-0-1, 10-3-2; Rogers 1-2-1, 5-8-4; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 0-4, 4-14.

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