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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLA girls tie with Marshall in OT


Dan Lingle

Moose Lake Area Rebels goalie Maddy Gamst makes the save in the December 13 game at Riverside Arena against the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers.

The Moose Lake Area girls hockey team tied 2-2 with the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers after overtime on Tuesday, December 13, at Riverside Arena. The Rebels were out-shot 29-25. Maddy Gamst took her first tie and went to 6-1-1 while MLA improved to 7-1-1 overall. Gamst was listed as second among area goalies through Wednesday, December 14, with a goals against average of 1.47 and a saves percentage of .930. Marshall went to a record of 3-5-3. The Hilltoppers went 1-for-5 on power plays while the Rebels went 0-for-3 on the advantage.

Jessica Bird picked up one goal and one assist to lead the Northland with 22 goals and 10 assists for 32 points. Sage Gerard had two assists to improve her numbers to four goals and an area-leading 17 assists for 21 points. Lauren Pederson had one goal to go to seven goals and five assists for 12 points.

After there was no scoring in the first period, MLA got the lone goal of the second period with Pederson scoring with assists going to Bird and Gerard at 10:42.

The Hilltoppers tied it up at 1-1 with an assisted goal at 2:24 of the third period. Just 15 seconds later, it was Bird and Gerard combining for 2-1, MLA, at 2:39. Marshall scored what was only the second power play of the year allowed by the Rebels on an assisted effort to knot it up 2-2 at 6:50.

Neither team was able to score in the overtime period.

Rebels upset Hibbing-Chisholm in OT

The Moose Lake Area Rebels girls upset the Hibbing-Chisholm Bluejackets with a 3-2 overtime victory at Hibbing on Thursday, December 15. MLA improved to 8-1-1 while the Bluestreaks dropped to a record of just 5-5-0. MLA went 1-for-1 on the power play while the Bluejackets went 1-for-3 on the advantage. The Rebels had been ranked 17th and the Bluejackets had been ranked ninth in Class A according to Let's Play Hockey on Tuesday, December 13.

Bird and Gamst were the stars of the game for the Rebels. While Bird scored all three of MLA's goals for her fourth hat trick of the year, Gamst earned her seventh win of the season between the pipes, stopping 39-41 shots (.951 saves percentage for the game) as MLA was out-shot 41-30.

The Bluejackets scored first on an assisted effort at 2:38 of the first period. Bird scored an unassisted goal at 5:34.

After there was no scoring in the second period, it was Bird scoring an unassisted power play goal for 2-1, MLA, at 3:37. The Bluejackets were able to answer and knot it up just 15 ticks before the horn with an assisted power play goal at 16:45 for 2-2.

Bird's game-winner for her hat trick came at 7:05 and was assisted by Gerard. Bird's stats climbed to 25 goals and 10 assists for 35 points while Gerard improved to four goals and 18 assists for 22 points. Bird's 25 goals boosted her into the top spot in the state in the goals scored category.


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