CEC Multisport Athletes Shine in 2-1 Win Over Moose Lake Area – Cloquet Pine Journal
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior Tenley Stewart had just completed his second season of college tennis earlier this month before immediately shifting gears to focus on his chosen sport on the ice. The defending captain is far from alone in this distinction, however.
Stewart is one of eight seniors on the team who were all on the Lumberjacks tennis team earlier this fall and are now having a substantial impact on the hockey team.
Stewart scored the Lumberjacks’ first goal during the second period of Tuesday, Nov. 23’s Division 7A game against the Moose Lake area. Her teammate Marina Dostal, a committed tennis player from the University of Wisconsin-Higher, tipped the game winner in a 2-1 win over the Rebels.
Since joining the tennis team, Stewart says she’s noticed an improvement in her ability to put sticks on the pucks to create deflections and spikes.
“Honestly, ever since I started playing tennis, I think flipping pucks in the air has gotten easier for me. So maybe just in a more subtle way like that (it’s been beneficial) , but it definitely makes a difference,” Stewart said.
CEC coach Courtney Olin said the benefits of playing multiple sports come in a variety of ways.
“I just think it makes them more versatile and more competitive overall and more complete,” Olin said. “I think athletes who’ve played in bigger games, whether it’s soccer, volleyball or softball, maybe understand how to feel that pressure in a third period game and handle that a little better than someone who hasn’t had the experience.”
The transition hasn’t been without its challenges, however, as Stewart explained, the transition can be difficult given the different physical demands from sport to sport.
“Tennis is obviously very different in terms of fitness. The only way to get fit in hockey is to play hockey, in my opinion,” Stewart said. “So obviously it’s a tough thing to do, but I was playing fall hockey in a fall league, the Elite League, so that really helped me get in shape for this season.”
The Rebels, known for their hard work and tenacity, put that level of stamina to the test in Tuesday’s tie that went scoreless in the second period after a penalty-riddled first period. Stewart broke the scoreless stalemate at 13:29 of the second period with a goal on a rebound from a hard shot by senior defenseman Bella Harriman, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point athletics commit.
During the first intermission, Stewart, who bounced into the lineup from her natural position as a defenseman to forward, said the team discussed the need to have sticks ready for loose pucks around the net. .
“I just saw the D (defender) was shooting and tried to get right in front of the net for the rebound,” Stewart said. “Between periods, we talked a lot about not having our sticks ready to play when the puck bounced and the puck bounced at me. So, I just made sure to put him in the back of the net.
Stewart’s goal was his first of the season and the 11th of his career. Harriman and rookie Emma Parks picked up their first points of the season with assists.
After feeling like the team had been overworked for most of the first half, Olin said she was happy with her club’s response in the second.
“We came out a bit flat and then came back in the second half and really, really worked hard,” Olin said. “If you look at a team like Moose Lake, they work extremely hard, and I don’t think we matched their pace first. So I was really proud of the effort to come back and bounce back and keep working.
The Lumberjacks didn’t let go going into the final period and were rewarded for their grit with a second goal 49 seconds into the game. CEC leading scorer Dostal managed to redirect a shot from Frankie Halverson’s point to his fourth goal of the season to make it 2-0.
After a two-goal deficit, the Rebels stayed true to their game and finally capitalized on their third power play with a goal from Gracie Hartl. Mackenzie Hoffman was credited with the first assist while Julia Jusczak got the secondary.
MLA had a golden chance to tie the game late in the third period with another power play chance, only to have their shots on the net deflected by CEC goalkeeper Araya Kiminski, who finished the game with 13 saves on 14 shots. On the other side of the ice, Mallory Hartl stopped 22 of the 24 shots faced.
Both coaches left satisfied with the performance of their goalkeepers. Rebels coach Reilly Fawcett said Hartl battled back pain earlier in the day to start in goal.
“She’s an exceptional player. She’s young. She’s only in ninth grade. In fact, she was battling a lot of back pain today, and we weren’t even sure if she was going to play today. Fawcett said “We don’t have an experienced back-up so we really thanked her for overcoming her pain and she did a wonderful job for us today.
For Olin, Kiminski’s consistency has become predictable.
“She’s still a very stable and solid goalkeeper in front of the net, so I think she did a really good job of taking away any potential chances that might have been taken against a goalkeeper with less experience,” said Olin said. “So we really feel confident with his coming back into the net. She’s just very reliable to us.
With the win, CEC moves to 2-2 for the season, while MLA drops to 3-1. Both teams will be back on the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 30, with the Lumberjacks taking on Grand Rapids-Greenway on the road and the Rebels hosting Rock Ridge.
Moose Lake area 0 -0-1—1
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0 -1-1—2
First period — None.
Second period — 1. CEC, Tenley Stewart (Bella Harriman, Emma Parks), 13:29.
Third period — 2. CEC, Marina Dostal (Frankie Halverson), 0:49. 1. MP, Gracie Hartl (PP) (Mackenzie Hoffman, Julia Jusczak), 6:30.
Saves — Araya Kiminski, CEC, 13; Mallory Hartl, MPP, 22 years old.
1/3: Moose Lake goaltender Julia Matson deflects a shot on goal against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
2/3: Emma Parks (8) of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton is sent through the air as she vies with Lily Kahara (11) and Mackenzie Hoffman (14), both of Moose Lake, for the puck on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
3/3: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Moose Lake players huddle near the boards while chasing the puck on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune