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By Al Rose
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MLA girls skate to 1-1 tie


November 30, 2017

Al Rose

Ruby Mohelsky (No 8), with the Rebels' only goal, lets a quality shot fly.

The Moose Lake Area Rebels girls hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake on Tuesday, November 21.

Senior goalie Maddy Gamst kept the Rebels in the game as MLA was out-shot 44-27. Gamst stonewalled 43-44 shots, including a particularly spectacular stop on a break by Taylor Nelson during overtime. Gamst's counterpart, Elise Lund, had 26 saves on 27 shots. The Rebels went to a record of 1-1-1 with the tie.

Gamst, with 19 wins in goal, was the area's leading goalie in both saves percentage at .925 and in goals against average at 1.65 last year. Her numbers are currently at .978 and 3.0.

The 2016-17 Rebels had a program record of 20-6-1. MLA advanced to the semifinals before getting bumped by a score of 4-1 against the Hibbing-Chisholm Bluejackets, a team they had defeated 3-2 twice, including once in overtime, during the regular season.

Period-by-period, the shots on goal broke down to 14-8, C-E-C, 17-5, C-E-C, 11-8, MLA, and 5-3, C-E-C. The seats in both penalty boxes were kept warm in the hotly contested game. Each team had five two-minute minors. Additionally, the 2016-17 Rebels had a strong conversion rate while on the power play as they scored on 23-64 advantages (35.9 percent). Even more impressive was last's kill crews as they shut down 59-68 disadvantages (16.2 percent).

After respective penalties on MLA and C-E-C at 7:32 and 11:21, it was senior forward Ruby Mohelsky getting what would be the Rebels' only goal. Mohelsky was assisted by senior forward, Lauren Pederson, for 1-0 on an even strength effort at 13:43. Mohelsky currently leads the Rebels in total points with two goals and three assists for five points. Mohelsky had 14 points last year. Pederson went to three goals and one assist for four points on the early season. Pederson, last year's third-leading scorer with 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points, went to three goals and one assist for four points.

In addition, Jamie Benzie, a sophomore forward and last year's fourth leading scorer with 22 points, also has four points this season as she has had a hat trick and one assist. Rounding out the leading scorers for 2017-18 are sophomore defensemen Michaela Belanger, with two assists (11 points last year) and junior defenseman Abby Painovich, with one assist (13 points last year).

Each team had two penalties in the second stanza. Neither team was able to score and it stayed 1-0, Rebels, heading into the final frame.

The Rebels picked up their fifth and last penalty on a hooking call at 4:43. The Lumberjacks' cat-quick and arguably best skater, Kiana Bender, was able to cash in on the advantage. Her power play goal for a 1-1 tie at 5:10 of the third period was assisted by Jaxie Pogorek and Emmie Ellena.

MLA had two power play opportunities in the eight-minute overtime but uncharacteristically, they were not able to cash in. C-E-C's first penalty was at 4:59. MLA, getting out-shot 3-5 in OT, had the most difficulty holding the zone, setting up plays and getting quality shots during their first advantage. The Rebels' best opportunity was a wrap-around and pass to an incoming skater with the right side left open, but it did not connect. With only 2:08 left to play in OT, the Rebels went on the power again. MLA used more of a crash-the-net tactic and had a couple of excellent jam-in shots on goal, but Lund got good help from her teammates and was able to stand her ground as the clock wound down for the 1-1 tie.

The Rebels play a rescheduled game with Chisago Lakes on Friday, December 1, at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake. Junior varsity play begins at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity slated to start at 7:30 p.m.


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