Bayside Chatter: Feb. 1
By: Steve Gow for the Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
SB Girls’ on ice
The last time the Mariner girls and Hibbing met, the result was clear: the Bluejackets won by a score of 7-1.This time, they met in a rescheduled game at Chisholm that proved to be closer-- 3-2 in favor of the Bluejackets as they overcame a 2-0 Mariner lead.
Cora Carter put the Mariners up by one at 6:49 of period two. Two minutes later, Tori Stevens and Rachel Dilley set up Anna Carman for a power play goal. Hibbing replied with two goals by Maddy Roberts and Sarah Fairbanks in the next five minutes for a 2-2 game entering the third period. Miranda Garrelts scored the game winner at 8:50 with an assist from Jessica Marsalla. The Bluejackets outshot the Mariners 39-14 for the game, doing particularly well in the second period with 19 shots to the Mariners’ 6. Cassie Swanson finished with 36 stops for the Bay and Amanda Klennert had 12 saves for Hibbing.
The Mariners lost 3-2 at Moose Lake in an identical score from the first time the two teams met in Silver Bay. The difference in the game was a span of 1 minute and 14 seconds midway through the opening period. The Rebels scored three times in this span on a goal from Andrea Youngberg and two from Jessica Bird for a 3-0 lead as they outshot the Mariners 17-6 in the period.
The second period saw Anna Carman score an unassisted goal to make it 3-1. Everly Bauck tipped in an Allison Morris shot to make it 3-2 at 5:52 of the final period. That would be as close as the Mariners would get as the hole they dug for themselves proved too big, despite outshooting the Rebels 24-17 in the last two periods of play. Swanson and Kaitlyn Greene of the Rebels each finished with 28 saves.
The girls begin their playoffs on Thursday. The Mariners will open up with a quarterfinal game versus the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage, the No. 1 seed in section 7A. Hibbing is ranked No.2 and Princeton is No.3, followed by Moose Lake, Eveleth-Gilbert, International Falls and Chisago Lakes.
The Storm plays this week
The Storm's game with Eveleth-Gilbert has been rescheduled for Feb. 5.
This and that in high school sports standings
The Mounds View girls remain the only unbeaten high school hockey team in the state and there remain four unbeaten boys’ basketball teams: Upsala, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in A, Austin in AAA and Brainerd in AAAA. For the girls there are also four left: Parkers Prairie and Win-E-Mac in A, Braham in AA and Fergus Falls in AAA.
The PeeWee B1 rankings on Jan. 24 had Two Harbors at ninth and Silver Bay at twentieth. Two Harbors defeated Silver Bay 7-2 in a rematch at Silver Bay. The game was 2-2 halfway thru the third period.
After watching a lot of players trying to continuously stickhandle their way thru three, four or five defenders without taking a shot, it's time to once again repeat a quote from a famous goal scorer named Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”