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The Morris players on the Storm girls' hockey team, Jaimie Bergerson, Abby Daly, and Holli Christians, are pictured with coach Jeremiah Day.

Coach Day, Storm girls never gave up

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Although not a newcomer to the Morris Benson Area hockey program, coaching girls was a first for coach Jeremiah Day.

He was nervous about the new experience, but he quickly started having fun.

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"It was fantastic," he said.

The Storm finished the season 2-19-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the Southwest Conference. The Storm defeated Windom twice (5-4, 3-2) and tied with Worthington (4-4).

Despite the records, Day said the team got better throughout the season.

"They put so much effort into it, knowing what was going to happen," said Day. "They never gave up. They played through the third period."

Having lost all of last season's players to graduation, with the exception of sophomore Morgan DeHaan, the Storm lacked the experience of their opponents.

Morris Area provided the defense with all three starting defensive players, senior Jaimie Bergerson, freshman Abby Daly, and seventh grader Holli Christians.

Bergerson returned to the ice after not playing for several seasons.

"She was our leader," explained Day. "Hockey is the only sport that puts a C on a jersey. We want people to know that. So it's got to be someone we can trust."

According to Day, Bergerson's leadership on and off the ice was inspiring for the younger players.

Day said Daly was a great addition to the team.

"She loves hockey and she plays hard," said Day.

Christians was the only seventh grader.

"She's energetic and a good hockey player," said Day. "She wants to do everything.

"For most of the team, it was just the beginning of a four-year stretch of playing hockey," he added.

Goalie Shianne Wold is the other freshman, while the majority of the roster consists of eighth graders Danielle Moseng, Hanna Lindblad, Kamri Kalthoff, Kayla Benson, Kelsey Rajewsky, Maryssa Austvold, and Shayla Shropshire.

Lindblad led the team with eight goals and five assists. DeHaan added six goals. Benson, Christians, Kalthoff, and Rajewsky had two apiece, while Daly and Bergerson each had one.

Day said he'll be back next season.

"I'll looking forward to it," he said. "I'm hoping more girls will get interested in hockey and the numbers grow."

Lindblad led the team with eight goals and five assists. DeHaan added six goals. Benson, Christians, Kalthoff, and Rajewsky had two apiece, while Daly and Bergerson each had one.

Day said he'll be back next season.

"I'll be looking forward to it," he said. "I'm hoping more girls will get interested in hockey and the numbers grow."

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