Moose Lake Area boys go 2-1, girls 2-2
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
You could forgive Moose Lake Area boys hockey coach Josh Gamst if he decided to start wearing sunscreen to his team’s games – to protect himself from flashing goal lights.
The Rebels (5-7-0) have scored six or more goals six times in their 12 games so far, and have scored 10 or more goals three times.
On the defensive side, they’ve allowed 10 or more goals twice and nine goals once.
“We’re fun to watch on the attack,” Gamst said, “but defensively we have to get better.”
Sophomore goaltender Gage Moholsky, who is young enough to play as a second-year bantam, has had his shining moments in the varsity team’s goal. At other times, though, it’s been more of a struggle.
“We’ve had games where we haven’t picked anybody up in front of the net and teams just shovel goals in,” Gamst said. “We are very young in places and it shows.”
However, the Rebels can also boast about the high-
scoring Cisars. Tyler Cisar has 52 points in just 12 games and Josh Cisar has added 49 more. Both are on pace to smash Tyler’s school record of 74 points set just last year.
“They get a lot of ice time,” Gamst said. “With our depth issues (the Rebels have just 19 players in the varsity program), they have to, but they are fun to watch.”
On Friday night, the Rebels couldn’t hold a 2-0 first period lead against Legacy Christian and fell 4-3. Michael Gassert, converted to defense, helped set up Tyler Cisar for the game’s first goal, with Josh Cisar getting the other two.
On Thursday, the Rebels fell behind 5-2 against North Suburban school Robbinsdale Cooper, came back to lead 6-5 and then fell 7-6 in overtime.
On Wednesday, though, the good side of the Rebels showed through in a 13-6 win over Bagley-Fosston.
Tyler Cisar scored four goals, Josh Cisar had a hat trick and Jake Cisar scored a pair of goals in the win. The Rebels poured 54 shots on goal in the contest.
“Still, guys have to work in front of Gage,” Gamst said. “We have two freshmen playing defense and they have good hockey sense but they weigh about 130 pounds and when you play against forwards who outweigh you by 40 pounds and are seniors, the physicality just isn’t there sometimes. We have to improve there.”
Meanwhile, Joe Moholsky’s girls team doubled its victory total for the season with a fifth-place finish in the small school division of the Schwan’s Cup last weekend.
The team beat Long Prairie 6-0 on Friday to win the consolation bracket. Erin Mollberg scored a pair of goals for the Rebels with Michaela Zebro, Karina Cisar, Maggie Unzen and Haley Radel also scoring goals. Kaitlyn Greene stopped 16 shots for the shutout.
The day before, the Rebels scored six times in the first two periods to bury Marshall 7-1.
Mollberg scored twice in the first 4:30 of the game and Unzen scored twice in the second period as well. Cisar, Andrea Youngberg and Jessica Paul scored the other goals, with the defense limiting Marshall to just six shots on goal for the entire game.
The Rebels lost 4-0 to Hartland Arrowhead in Wednesday’s tournament opener, with Cassie White making 23 saves in goal.
The girls also lost 4-1 to Pequot Lakes on Tuesday night at Riverside Arena. The visitors scored three goals on 11 shots in the first period to put the Rebels behind the eight ball. Cisar scored the team’s only goal with 2:12 to play in the third period.
Statistically, the game was comparatively even, with the visitors holding a 29-25 edge in shots on goal, with White starting the game in goal and making 12 saves before giving way to Greene, who stopped all 13 shots she faced.
Moose Lake Area is 4-11-0 on the season.