This is the Coon Rapids-Champlain Park Rapid Rebels 12UB girls hockey team at the Minnesota State Tournament. Aren’t they cute? We spent the entire weekend with these girls and their families in St. Cloud Minnesota. Hockey is serious business in Minnesota.
We started out the weekend with a Friday afternoon game. The unfortunate 3-2 loss put us in the consolation bracket. The opposing team scored the winning goal in the last minute. Our second game was scheduled for 7:00 pm Saturday evening, but that didn’t happen. The game prior to ours went into overtime–4 OTs to be exact. It was a grueling game, and very exciting. So our girls didn’t get out onto the ice until 8. They played hard, and we were evenly matched again with a team from Buffalo. At the end of regulation both teams had scored 2 goals. Overtime again. This time for 5 OTs. Our goalie prevented 70 shots from going into the net. And after 83 minutes on the ice in three hours’ time we got a three-on-one break away to score the winning goal. No one deserved to lose that game.
We got to play for the consolation championship. We played Luverne even through three periods ending in a 1-1 tie. Overtime again. Really? After playing the equivalent of two-and-a-half games last night, 12 hours later they are going into another overtime game. It was too much. Just a minute or so into the OT, a Luverne skater broke away and scored the winning goal. The girls were crushed.
But what a weekend. It had been 12 years since a Coon Rapids team had been to a state tournament; we are proud of our girls. And what an experience for them and their coaches. Youth sports help form our kids’ lives.
This weekend gave us the opportunity to spend time with both of our grand-girls: Hannah mostly on the ice and Hailey because we had lots of downtime. We met some great hockey parents and reminisced about Dan’s youth hockey teams from almost 30 years ago. Those cold hockey rinks provide warm memories.