MLA girls beat Superior, play in Schwann's Cup tourney
The Moose Lake Area Rebels girls won two of three games in the red division of the Schwann's Cup over New Year's. They beat Hudson and Pequot Lakes and only fell to East Ridge, who are coached by two former NHL players, including Wes Walz, formerly of the Minnesota Wild. For their efforts, they were awarded the consolation championship trophy.
Additional information by Tim Franklin
The Moose Lake Area girls beat the Superior girls by a score of 9-3 on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake. The Rebels out-shot their opponents 30-20 with Maddy Gamst getting the win in goal for MLA. Jessica Bird had four assists, Andrea Youngberg had two goals and two assists while Asia Gobel added three points.
The first period was scoreless. At 4:28 of the second period it was Gobel scoring on assists from Jessica Bird and Andrea Youngberg for 1-0. At 7:36, it was Asia Gobel with her second goal, assisted by Youngberg and Jessica Bird for a 2-0 lead. Haley Radel scored on an assist from Sage Gerard for 3-0 MLA at 8:01. Superior got a goal at 10:16 for 3-1. The Rebels answered at 12:34 as Youngberg scored on an assist from Jessica Bird.
MLA kept up the pressure in the final frame as they scored five goals to two goals for Superior. Cheyanne Wilson scored on unassisted goal at 1:09. Youngberg scored, assisted by Gobel and Jessica Bird for 6-1 at 3:11. Superior was able to get one in on an assisted goal at 3:38 for 6-2. The Rebels came right back with an assisted goal at 4:25 as Gerard scored, assisted by Karina Cisar, for 7-2. Wilson got an empty-netter at 6:50 as Superior's goalies were both injured. The goal was assisted by Mackenzie Louzek and Ruby Mohelsky. At 7:54 it was Cisar scoring an unassisted empty-netter for 9-2. Superior was able to get an assisted for the final 9-3 tally at 13:58.
After the Christmas break, the Moose Lake Area girls participated in the Schwann's Cup in Blaine. In the opening game, the Rebels fell by the score of 3-0 to a very tough East Ridge team, which is coached by two former NHL players, including former Wild player Wes Walz as head coach.
The Rebels held tough against East Ridge and were only behind 2-0, before they scored an empty net goal with 32 seconds left in the game.
Senior netminder Cassie White stopped 29 of 31 shots in the game. The Rebels were only able to muster seven shots in the opener.
The following day, the Rebels came back to defeat Pequot Lakes by the score of 6-1, a team they had already beaten twice earlier this season.
MLA out-shot the Patriots 41-20 with White nearly pitching a shutout as she stopped all but one shot. Jessica Bird, Jamie Bird and Gerard each had a two-point afternoon.
Jamie Bird got the lone goal of the first period that came at 8:08 on an assisted from Radel.
The second stanza was all Rebels. Jessica Bird scored on an assist from Asia Gobel at 1:57. Then at 8:34, Cheyanne Wilson scored with an assist to Jamie Bird. Karina Cisar scored unassisted at 9:43. Jessica Bird her second goal of the period at 12:30, assisted by Sage Gerard for 5-0.
Sage Gerard got her second point as scored a goal at 4:41, assisted by Kiersten Evenson, for 6-0. The Patriots narrowly escaped the shut out as they scored a goal with 44 seconds left in the game.
In the consolation championship on New Year's Day, the Rebels defeated the Hudson Raiders 3-2.
Gamst got her second start and second win in goal as she stopped 18 of 20 shots.
Gobel had two goals for the Rebels, who out-shot the Raiders 24-20.
Gobel scored first at 2:12, assisted by Youngberg. The Raiders evened the score with an unassisted goal at 9:53.
Gobel second goal came at 3:23 of the second period and was unassisted for 2-1. Jessica Paull would get the goal that would hold up to be the game-winner as she clicked on the power play with Wilson and Cisar for 3-1 at 8:46 of the second period.
The Raiders got the lone goal of the third period.
On Saturday, the Rebels defeated the WSFLG Blizzard by the score of 5-3. It was a nice effort for the Rebels as the Blizzard had beat Moose Lake Area 5-1 in a game in early December.
Youngberg and Jessica Bird each had three points to lead the Rebels. Evenson scored her first goal of her varsity career. Cisar, Goebl and Josie Benzie added assists.