Bright future on the ice in store for the hard-working Rebels
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – With just one win in their first 14 games this season, head coach Joe Mohelsky still had a feeling with the hard work and efforts of his Moose Lake Area girls hockey team, his Rebels were going to turn it around.
And turn it around they did.
It was with their 1-13 record that MLA earned their first road win of the season at Pequot Lakes, as they knocked off the Patriots 7-5. With that they began a streak, winning five of their final 12 games of the year.
With those five victories, the Rebels finished their year with a record of 6-19-1. They bowed out in the quarterfinals of the Section 7A tournament with a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Silver Bay-Two Harbors-Cook County.
What most people might forget is the gritty performance MLA put on in their final regular season matchup with the heavily favored Mariners. In it they battled to a 4-4 tie, a game during which Mohelsky said his Rebels were playing some of the best hockey of the year.
And though MLA didn’t post many victories in the win column, Mohelsky explained that he saw a lot of improvement with the young Rebels – who didn’t have a single senior on their roster – as the year progressed.
“We’re a pretty young team and we didn’t have much leadership this year,” said Mohelsky, who is in his third season at the helm at MLA. “Our record wasn’t great, but all of the girls got better as the season went on. All of the girls really contributed this year and worked very hard.”
With everyone returning from a year ago – including sophomore forward and leading-scorer Jackie Granfors – as well as some new faces, Mohelsky has a feeling that his girls are going to be working harder than ever.
And to Mohelsky, working hard means everything.
“We have some nice additions coming up and our youth numbers are looking good,” he said. “We might not win all of our games, but if we can work harder than the other team, that’s success to me.”
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