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Lumberjacks Clicking When It Counts

Chelsie Brown
Updated: February 05, 2019 10:50 PM

For first year head coach Shea Walters, moving from an assistant with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton to the head bench boss was an adjustment. It helped Walters knew the players and knew what the program strived for from the year before.

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"Cloquet's been - their brand of hockey has always been hardworking and we have no intention of changing that. We will always be a hardworking team at all times," said Walters.

However, there are always a few growing pains in the process of change. The Lumberjacks experienced that by dropping their first five straight games to start the season.

"I think he knows the guys, he knows the systems. I think he's not trying to change it completely, but again, when you ever switch a head coach, there's some stuff that changes and it just takes time. He's learning we're learning still," said sophomore defenseman Mason Langenbrunner.

They've been able to turn the page in 2019. Since the start of the new year, the Lumberjacks have been able to string together eight wins in their last ten games.

"We were just all doing our jobs, accepting our roles. Playing good hockey," said senior forward Jon Baker about their win streak. "We're always outworking the other team that we were playing," he added.

Their last hiccup came against section rival Duluth East. The Greyhounds kept the Lumberjacks who were averaging 6.3 goals per game off the board. The loss also snapped CEC's six-game win streak.

"I think it wasn't all bad because we know we can't do that again. That it was absolutely unacceptable. From here on, we know what it feels like and it feels horrible," Baker added on the loss.

The Lumberjacks know their shot at success lies in their consistency.

"We do have a lot of talent, but it's finding that right combination and keeping it consistent for 51 minutes and 25 games this season," said Walters. "We gotta find it day in day out, every game."

"The next three games we have to treat as a good prep for a big playoff push and get ready for playoffs as they come," added Langenbrunner.

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Chelsie Brown

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