Dana Rasmussen

Posted at: 01/03/2013 6:39 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It wasn't too long ago that Tara Rasmussen dominated on the ice for the Dodge County Wildcats.

Fast forward six years, and it is her younger sister's turn.

"We practice every once in a while when she comes home from college, so she makes me a lot better," Dana Rasmussen said.

Tara definitely passed along her scoring skills.  Dana is third in state with 27 goals this season.

"My teammates pass me the puck, and we all just get open and help each other out.  We do a lot of passing, and get there for tips and rebounds, so that helps," Dana Rasmussen said.

"It's fun coaching her.   She's a great kid.  It doesn't matter if she gets knocked out in a game, or put on her butt, she gets up smiling.  She's a good, hard worker," Dodge County coach Jeremy Gunderson said.

Rasmussen really stepped it up last week at the Schwan Cup.  She scored ten goals in three tournament games to help the Wildcats capture the Blue Division title.

"Coming from a small town and playing all the big cities like Orono and Mankato and pulling out wins is good," Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen is just a sophomore, and if you ask her coaches, there is little doubt she will play at the next level.

"Every year I see her on the ice, she gets stronger.  She's been a varsity starter since seventh grade, and now she's a sophomore.  She'll definitely be a college player one day, when she leaves the program," Gunderson said.

Right now, the only thing on Rasmussen's mind is having a good time with her teammates.

"I don't care what my stats are.  If we just work together and do good, that's all that I care about," Rasmussen said.