Rebels fall in semifinals
The dream season for the Moose Lake Area Rebels girls hockey team is over.
Last Tuesday, February 11, the Rebels fell to Proctor-Hermantown 5-2 in the semifinals in Section 7A at Riverside Arena in Cloquet.
The Rebels finished the season 16-8-2, their best record ever. They also accomplished something they had not done before. Three weeks before their playoff game against Proctor-Hermantown, they had beaten them for the first time in the history of the program.
In the finals, Proctor-Hermantown beat Hibbing 3-1 to represent the region at the girls hockey state tournament in St. Paul this week.
Proctor-Hermantown out-shot the Rebels 30-22 in the game with Cassie White taking the loss in goal as she made 25 saves. Proctor-Hermantown added an empty netter late in the game.
Asia Gobel and Jessica Bird each had a two-point night for the Rebels.
Proctor-Hermantown had the lone goal of the first frame and it came shorthanded at 4:48.
Gobel evened it up at 1-1 as she scored on assists from Andrea Youngberg and Jessica Bird at 1:02. P-H got goals at 3:37, 5:22 and 9:02 (power play) for 4-1. Jessica Bird made it 4-2 on a power play, assisted by Gobel, at 11:32.
The Rebels put a lot of pressure on Proctor-Hermantown's goalie Kylie Hommerding throughout the third period but the Rebels could not get any closer.
Proctor-Hermantown's last goal for 5-2 was an empty netter at 16:54.
The Rebels have three seniors who played their last game. White saw most of the action in net. Forwards Youngberg and Haley Radel were second and ninth on the team, respectively, in points.
But the future of the team looks bright. This young team will be a little older next year and will feature just three seniors again, four juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen, all who saw action this past year.