Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLA Rebels girls win one, lose one


Al Rose

Moose Lake Area Rebel Sage Gerard is third in the state with 25 assists.

Moose Lake Area goalie Maddy Gamst earned her fourth shut out of the season as the Rebels beat Henry Sibley 3-0 at the West St. Paul Arena on Tuesday, January 3 to improve to 12-3-1. Gamst had 20 saves as she garnered her 11th victory between the pipes.

The Rebels out-shot the opponents 26-20. MLA had one power play goal.

Freshman defenseman Michaela Belanger got her first points of the season as she paced the Rebels with two goals. Jessica Bird scored her 34th goal to retain the top spot in the state and her 48 points are third in the state. Sage Gerard got her 25th assist to advance to third in the state in assists and she went to 31 points. Lauren Pederson and Jamie Benzie each had one assist to go to 16 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman forward Lauren Hall got her first point of the season with an assist. Josie Benzie had an assist and Kiersten Evenson got her sixth assist of the season.

MLA girls get upset by Princeton Tigers

The Moose Lake Area girls hockey team got upset 4-2 by the Princeton Tigers at Riverside Arena on Thursday, January 5. MLA out-shot the Tigers 36-26, but Princeton's goalie was hot, making 34 saves. Each team had one power play goal.

Gamst took her fourth loss, making 22 saves for the 12-4-1 Rebels. The junior goalie went to a saves percentage of .923 and a goals against average of 1.69. Both of those statistics are still the best in the area.

The Tigers scored assisted at 3:54. Jessica Bird scored her 35th goal at 8:20 with Kiersten Evenson credited for her seventh assist. Princeton scored assisted at 9:28. Jamie Benzie scored her eighth goal of the year to go to 13 points on an unassisted power play effort to tie it 2-2 at 13:38. The Tigers scored unassisted at 11:22 of second period. Princeton scored an assisted power play goal at 15:27 of the third period to finalize the 4-2 upset.

Prior to the loss, the Rebels were most recently ranked 14th in Class A by Let's Play Hockey and MLA was 10th in the QRF (Quality Rating Formula) at 60.0. Proctor-Hermantown was 4th with a 82.9 QRF. Hibbing-Chisholm was 12th despite having only a 48.8 QRF.

Moose Lake Area does not play at home again until Saturday, January 28 when they host the International Falls Broncos for a 2 p.m. matinee at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake.


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