Trailblazers end season at state tournament

This article submitted by Bev Ahlquist, NL-S Times editor on 03/18/97.

Girl's hockey coach Brad McCool had nothing but praise for his team after the state tournaments at Grand Rapids.

The girls played excellent games, he said, but it just wasn't in the cards for the Trailblazers to take home that winning trophy.

The girls, undefeated for the entire season, started the first game out right, beating out Virginia with a score of 9-3. Shari Vogt, Trailblazer goalie, had 31 saves in that game.

Virginia scored two goals on the Trailblazers in the first minute of the third period in that game. "But then everybody started playing defense for us and we were able to shut them out the rest of the game." Paula Vogt scored the eighth goal two min

The Proctor game Saturday ended with a score of 6-3 in favor of Proctor, the other undefeated team for the season. "We really skated right with them," said McCool, adding, "they were an awfully good team. Their bench was really deep, they were quick, good skaters. They were coming to us two and three at a time."

"Now for the real heart to heart stopper...and the Crow River game was a heart stopper," said McCool. They were announcing shots on goal at the end of each period, and the Trailblazers had 14 shots to their six. It was one to zero at the end of the first period. Courtney Karsch scored the goal that tied the game in the second period. The game went into overtime with Crow River scoring a goal to win the game.

"All in all, that was the best defensive game out of the entire team. They really came together during that game. Everybody picked up the pace."

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