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Speedy goal, balanced attack lifts Gentry Academy past snake-bit Chisago Lakes

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 04/01/21, 4:15PM CDT


Cara Sajevic scored in the game's opening seconds, one of five Stars goal-scorers in a 6-0 victory advancing them to their first Class 1A championship game.

Gentry Academy's Maddie Geer (19) bats the puck away from the net behind goaltender Rylee Bartizal (29), one of several good chances for the Wildcats. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

First shift, first shot, first goal.

That was the fast start top-seeded Gentry Academy gave itself in its Class 1A semifinal against Chisago Lakes on the way to a 6-0 victory Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Sophomore Cara Sajevic’s shot from the top of the left circle ended up in the net 15 seconds into the game.

“I definitely used the defense as a screen,” Sajevic said. “I kind of lost my edge, so I was thinking just get it on net.”

The Stars added two power-play goals late in the first period, one with 53.2 seconds left. The 3-0 lead held up until they added a trio of late goals in the third, two shorthanded and one into an empty net.

Five players scored for Gentry Academy (19-2-0).

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