Girls hockey: Ellingson, Toft earn players of the year honor
The Alexandria girls hockey team awarded senior forward McKenna Ellingson and junior defenseman Mayson Toft offensive and defensive players of the year.
Ellingson led the Cardinals with 36 points in 28 games played. She scored 19 goals and added 17 assists. Ellingson performed well in the Section 6A playoffs with six goals and five assists. She was named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team.
Toft had a big junior season. She scored 11 goals and had 15 helpers. She recorded three goals and two assists in the section playoffs. Toft's 26 points was the fourth highest total for the Cardinals. She led all defensmen. Her efforts earned herself an all-state honorable mention and all-conference honors.
The Above The Line Award was given to Megan Shercliffe. The junior forward had a relatively quiet regular season with just five total points. However, in the playoffs she had two goals and four assists and found herself on the ice in many key situations. Shercliffe and Toft will be two focal seniors come next season.
Ali Castle was awarded with the Most Improved Award. The sophomore defenseman had six points throughout the year.
Four Cardinals earned all-conference honorable mentions. Senior Alexis Heckert, freshman Kaci Trosvig and sophomores Marki Oberg and Anna Doherty were awarded.
After losing to the Fergus Falls Otters 3-1, the Cardinals streak of six-straight section titles was snapped this past season. Now Alexandria finds itself playing up a class at the AA level starting next year after the MSHSL's new section alignment put the Cardinals in Section 8AA.
The Cardinals were a fairly young team this season, graduating just four seniors, so they have a lot of talent back next winter to build around.