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Rebels go on a winning streak

Moose Lake Area defenseman Kiersten Evenson (left) fires a shot past the defense of Superior's Morgan Love during Thursday's high school hockey game. The Rebels shut out the Spartans 1-0. Dave Harwig/ 1 / 2
Moose Lake Area goaltender Maddy Gamst makes a save on Superior's Emma Peterson during Tuesday night's high school hockey game. Dave Harwig/ 2 / 2

Moose Lake Area is on a nice run in girls hockey, with Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at Superior marking the team’s fifth win in its last six games.

Leading scorer Jessica Bird scored the only goal of the game — her 30th point of the young season — at the 10:37 mark of the third period and the Rebels made the lead stand up.

“We played well and we got lots of shots on goal, but their goaltender played very well and we had a hard time breaking through,” Rebels coach Joe Mohelsky said. Autumn Siers made 31 saves on 32 Moose Lake shots but Bird’s goal was enough to sink the Spartans on the night.

Maddy Gamst made 19 saves to earn the shutout in goal for the Rebels, who held Superior to only four shots on goal in the third period.

Moose Lake Area has outscored its last six opponents 26-7, and appears to be hitting its stride at mid-season.

“We’ve had some struggles offensively at times but our first line has been playing very well and we’ve been getting a bit more production lately,” Mohelsky said. “That has been a great thing for us.”

The team’s first line of Bird, Sage Gerard and Asia Gobel has accounted for 67 points in 11 games, with Bird’s 30 and Gerard’s 21 pacing the team.

“That line has done everything we’ve asked of it,” Mohelsky said. “They are able to control play against many of the teams we play and the rewarding thing is that we have gotten great team effort from all three of our lines.”

“We can roll three lines against some of the teams we play but everyone knows their role,” Mohelsky added. “The first line does most of the scoring, our second line is capable and the third line players know their role when they play. It’s been a great team effort.”

The Rebels (7-4-0) have taken some impressive victories in recent games, with wins over Mound (3-2), Henry Sibley (5-1) and Eveleth-Gilbert (9-1) to their credit along with a narrow loss at South St. Paul.

“We’ve had to travel for some of our games,” Mohelsky said, “but that isn’t unusual for us. Sometimes at the end of a long season, the bus rides get a little tiring and it’s hard to motivate the players, but when you’re winning obviously that’s a little easier.”

The Rebels get back on the bus for their next two games, playing at Hudson Dec. 11 and at North Shore in Silver Bay Dec. 15.