by MATTHEW DAVIS
With eight girls out with the flu during the week, the Champlin Park Rebels had their troubles with conference rival Anoka Tornadoes.
The girls with the flu had been in and out of practice during the week. It did not stop the Rebels from beating North Metro 5-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 12, but the Tornadoes were a different story.
“We were just off on our timing some from not working together, and our energy was somewhat low,” Koltes said.
The Rebels fell at home to 1-1 in the Northwest Suburban Conference after the 4-1 loss to the Tornadoes on Saturday, Nov. 16. Despite being slowed as a team due to illness, the Rebels still out-shot the Tornadoes 44-30.
“We had our chances to score,” Rebels coach Jim Koltes said. “We hit pipes.”
The Tornadoes (2-1, 2-0 NWSC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the second period. Rebels senior forward Maggie Cragg scored the lone goal for her team in the second period on the assist by senior defender Molly Rossbach.
“There was a quick whistle, and the puck was still loose, and we knocked it in the net,” Koltes said.
The Tornadoes pulled further ahead with another goal for a 3-1 lead early in the third period. They iced the game late with an empty-netter.
The Rebels downed North Metro earlier in the week on Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a 5-1 win. Sophomore forward Kaleigh Martinson had two goals, and senior defender Gabby Paulsrud scored her first varsity goal. Her goal also proved to be the game winner as the Rebels had their second goal of the game.
Senior forward Sydney Peluf and senior forward Marji McNamara each had goals for the Rebels. Freshman goalie Natalie Burgoyne earned her first varsity win in goal.
The Rebels (1-2, 1-1 NWSC) have a big stretch of road games going into the Thanksgiving weekend. They will play Blaine (1-1, 1-1 NWSC) on Saturday, Elk River (1-1, 1-2 NWSC) on Tuesday and East Ridge (2-0) on Friday, Nov. 29.