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CEC sneaks out 1-0 win over Hibbing-Chisholm

It took a late-game goal from their youngest line, but the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls managed to pull out a big 1-0 win over rival Hibbing-Chisholm on Tuesday night in Cloquet.

It took a late-game goal from their youngest line, but the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls managed to pull out a big 1-0 win over rival Hibbing-Chisholm on Tuesday night in Cloquet.

"We did a good job of moving our feet with the puck in the offensive end, but obviously we had trouble scoring on one of the best goalies in the state, Kaye Collier," said CEC coach Dick Bartholdi. "We had the puck in the offensive end a lot, but it was so clogged up with people that it was difficult to get the puck into the net."

Enter the line of Emily Gustafson, Kelly Carlson and Kortni Korkala. Korkala and Gustafson are just eighth-graders and Carlson is just a ninth-grader.

"Fortunately we got a goal from the youth line," remarked Bartholdi. "Gustafson was able to hammer in a rebound shot for our only goal."

The CEC goal came at 3:25 of the second period and would be the only tally for the game as Jacks goalie Sarah Gustafson slammed the door on the Blue Jackets by making 21 saves and recording the shut out. Collier finished with 30 saves for Hibbing-Chisholm.

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  • Last Thursday the Lumberjacks fell 3-2 to Duluth as Nicole Lund and Sarah Gustafson combined to make 42 saves in the game. Laura Bellamy made just 11 saves for the Northern Stars.

Sadie Lundquist scored at 6:34 of the first period with an assist to Melissa Clark, but the Northern Stars tied it with just seven seconds remaining in the first period.
Gina Dodge gave the Northern Stars the lead at the 1:08 mark of the second, but this time the Jacks responded on a power play with Katie Lamirande firing in a goal with assists to Lundquist and Jessie Ryan.

The game-deciding goal occurred with 3:49 remaining in the third period when Abby Atol managed to sneak a shot past Gustafson.

"Duluth's forecheck gave us trouble and there did not seem to be a lot of difference in which line they had out on the ice," commented Bartholdi. "We have to learn to play tougher in front of our net and clear the puck better."

The Jacks are 5-3 on the season.

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