Cloquet Bantam AA came to the cities for third time this season, once early in the year, a second time for the Edina Invitational and this weekend to take on Sibley, Centennial and Blaine to tune their team up for a run through the North Regional in Roseau and to state in back in their backyard in Duluth.
In their first game, they took on #7 ranked Sibley at the West St. Paul Arena. The game got started quickly with both teams having chances. Cade Huntley got Sibley on the board knocking in a rebound off of a Jack Kubes shot to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead after one period.
Early in the second period, after Cloquet took a penalty, Sibley looked to extend their lead. What happened in the next one minute and 27 seconds is something that may never happen again. Cloquet would score three shorthanded goals in the same power play. Kade Bender got the first one as he slipped past the Sibley defense and beat Robbie Wolfe to tie the game at 1. Thirty seconds later, first year Gavin Rasmussen got loose and scored his first of two short handed goals in the same shift lifting the Lumberjacks to a 3-1 lead after. Asked after the game, if he had ever had two shorthanders in one shift, Rasmussen proudly exclaimed, "oh yeah, in Squirts and PeeWees...but never in Bantams."
In Football, that would be like having a punt blocked for a touchdown on three straight possessions or in baseball giving up three Grand Slams in an inning. One is hard to overcome, two is a death blow...but three is once in a blue moon material.
The two teams would trade goals in the third...Payton Matsui, back from injury got one for the Warriors (a welcome sight for all hockey fans).
Tag(s): Bantam AA