Hockey Roundup...Featuring CEC hockey and other area teamsCEC boys show their winning ways
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
Westin Michaud scored five goals for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team in a 7-3 win over Hibbing-Chisholm at Northwoods Credit Union Arena on Tuesday night.
The ’Jacks (10-4-1) should re-enter the Minnesota Class AA rankings next week after extending their unbeaten streak to seven games.
University of Minnesota Duluth recruit Adam Johnson scored a pair of goals for the Bluejackets in the first period before the ’Jacks zeroed in on Hibbing-Chisholm backup goaltender A.J. Allison. Nate Niemi and Michaud found the range in the first period before Michaud completed a pure hat trick by scoring twice more in the second.
James Newgren made it 5-3 in the third period before Michaud scored the last two goals of the game to top off his night. Zack Strom made 19 saves in the ’Jacks goal.
The Lumberjacks also won 6-3 at New Prague Jan. 5. In that game, it was Beau Michaud who was the scoring hero, netting twice. Westin scored one goal in the game and the youngest Michaud brother, Dylan, also scored a first-period goal. Karson Kuhlman and Koby Bender added goals for the ’Jacks, who got three assists from Dalton Johnson and 14 saves from Strom in goal.
The team also skated to a 2-2 tie with Grand Rapids in a key section matchup Jan. 3 at home.
Newgren opened the scoring 74 seconds into the game but it took a goal from Westin Michaud – who else? – with 90 seconds left to force overtime. Avery Peterson scored both goals for the Thunderhawks, with Strom making 26 saves in goal for CEC.
On Friday night, the team hosts Eden Prairie, and then travels to the IRA Civic Center for a return matchup with Grand Rapids on Tuesday night.
Rebels hockey teams struggle lately
The Moose Lake Area boys team is still looking for its first win of the season after falling twice last week.
The Rebels (0-10-0) lost 8-0 at Mora-Hinckley-Finlayson in a Two Rivers Conference game Jan. 4.
Junior goaltender Gage Mohelsky continued his remarkable play by making 75 saves, as the Rebels were outshot 83-5 in the game.
Three nights later, the Rebels were defeated 6-1 by Pine City-Rush City at Riverside Arena. Individual statistics were not available for this game.
Moose Lake Area plays at Northern Lakes on Thursday night and hosts the conference-leading Minneapolis Novas on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Rebels’ girls team (9-6-1) dropped a pair of decisions in games last week.
On Jan. 3, Moose Lake Area lost 4-0 to the Duluth Northern Stars. A three-goal first period by the home team did the damage, but the Rebels were only outshot 31-21, with Kaitlyn Greene making 27 saves.
On Jan. 5, the Rebels lost a tough 5-4 overtime decision to the WSFLG Blizzard, a combination of five Wisconsin schools, in Grantsburg.
Erin Mollberg’s power-play goal gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead in the first period but the Rebels trailed 3-1 after two before a furious third-period rally.
Jessica Bird, Jamie Bird and Mollberg all scored in the third period, with Mollberg tying the game with 47 seconds left in regulation, before Ashley Dietmier completed a hat trick to win in overtime for the Blizzard.
The Rebels host Silver Bay on Friday night and travel to Superior on Tuesday.