With the season winding down, Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City girls hockey faced two rival squads this past week. On Jan. 22, the Bluejackets paid back an earlier loss by defeating visiting Princeton 6-5 to get their first conference win.
The CIMPC girls played one of their best periods of the season in taking a 3-0 lead over the Tigers. Aly Niebur applied early pressure on a break which was stopped by Tiger seventh-grade goalie Kara Schramel. Then at the 2:23 mark, senior Jordan Ramey skated down the left side and slid a perfect pass across to linemate Kristin Eustice who redirected the puck home to excite the home crowd.
Three minutes later, Steph Cannon nearly rammed home the puck but was stopped. She took advantage of the opportunity at the same spot on her next shift when she jammed the puck in traffic to make it 2-0. Princeton began picking up speed in the Jacket end, but senior goalie Jessi Benson covered the puck well to not allow second chances. Then at the 11:18 mark of the period, Ramey lofted the puck toward the goal, and it took a side hop past Schramel for the 3-0 Jacket lead. Princeton went on the power play with two minutes left in the period to try to mount momentum which turned into a 5-on-3 for 1:34, but Benson came up big with three more tough saves.
The Tigers regrouped to take a 4-3 lead in the second period, and upped it to 5-3 with the first goal in the third. But the Jackets rallied for the victory when Kylie Guimont, Cannon and Ally Erickson all found the net down the stretch. Benson finished with 29 saves total against the quick Tigers.
• On Jan. 17, the host Bluejackets dropped a 4-0 game to section-partner Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (12-7-2). The Lumberjacks scored two goals in the second period to open up a 1-0 game after the first period. C-E-C held a 39-28 edge on shots, with Benson finishing with 35 saves.
Mississippi 8 Girls Hockey
North Wright Co. 5-1, 16-4-1; Buffalo 5-1, 16-5; Princeton 1-2-1, 12-6-3; Rogers 1-4-1, 5-11-4; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 1-5, 5-17.