Andover players celebrated the game-winning goal by defenseman Madison Kaiser (29) in overtime against Forest Lake. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Andover freshman defender Madison Kaiser received the nickname “Mad dog” from her varsity girls’ hockey teammates this season, owing a little to her first name and a lot to her personality and playing style.
Kaiser played Double-A Peewees with the boys last season and brought a toughness and exuberance to the girls’ team that proved contagious.
“She’s the good kind of crazy where she gets us hyped up for the games,” junior forward Jamie Nelson said. “She gets us going.”
Never like she did in the Class 2A, Section 7 title game Thursday at Fogerty Arena in Blaine. Kaiser triggered a celebratory black-and-gold avalanche with her goal just 23 seconds into overtime in a 4-3 comeback victory against Forest Lake.
“I didn’t even know it went in until I was on the ground and everyone was on top of me,” said Kaiser, who scored her sixth goal of the season.
A 4-3 overtime victory in Thursday’s Class 2A, Section 7 championship game sends Andover back to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
Madison Kaiser scored just 23 seconds into overtime.
Gabby Krause got No. 4 Andover (23-4) to overtime on a clutch goal with 13.7 seconds left in regulation. The goal, scored with the Huskies’ net empty for an extra attacker, sent the Andover fans who packed their side of Fogerty Arena in Blaine into frenzy.
No. 3 Forest Lake (25-3) defeated Andover 1-0 on Dec. 13. Andover won the section last year, defeating Forest Lake 3-0.
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