Top-seed Blaine (13-1) reached the finals with a comfortable 14-5 defeat of No. 5 seed Andover in the semifinal round after the Huskies used an 11-8 score to edge No. 4 Centennial in the first round.
Blaine opened a 7-4 lead in the opening half against Andover and added five more goals in the third quarter to take an even more commanding lead.
Blaine’s leading scorer Eric Zickermann led the attack with six assists and eight points, while seven Bengals scored. James Warner and Jack Micek each had three goals, while Mac Nadeau and Ben Burlman added two goals apiece.
Andover goalie Ryan Olson posted 19 saves in the loss.
Sixth-seeded Spring Lake Park struggled to keep No. 3 seed Coon Rapids (8-7) out of its goal in a 14-5 loss in the quarterfinals at Cardinals Stadium May 29.
Coon Rapids couldn’t find its scoring edge against No. 2 Champlin Park in a 15-1 semifinal loss.
Senior Max Polson led the Cardinals with 46 goals and three assists. Robbie Randall had 34 points (21 assists), Connor Kirkeide had 31 points (25 goals), Chad Ziegler had 21 points (16 goals) and Brett DeBaker had 20 points (18 goals) as the top point producers for the Cardinals.
Fourth-seeded Anoka opened the Section 8 tournament with a 13-8 win against No. 5 Delano at Goodrich Field May 29. Anoka’s Shane Weigman and Cole Madson each posted three goals, while Dominic Cerlise and Jake Kocovsky added two goals, a piece. Kocovsky also had two assists and goalie Dayne McCullough made nine saves in the win after Anoka opened a 9-3 lead by the half and led 12-3 after three quarters.
The reward for the win was a trip to top-seed Wayzata May 31. The Trojans scored an 11-4 win over the Anoka (9-6) as Dan Horsch scored three times and Weigman added a fourth goal behind a 10-save effort by McCullough.
Top seed Coon Rapids kept No. 8 Andover winless this spring with a 18-2 score in the Section 7 opener May 28. That momentum continued through a 16-8 win against No. 4 Blaine in the semifinals to set up a meeting against No. 2 seed Champlin Park for the section title June 5.
The Bengals opened with a 15-5 win against Spring Lake Park at Bengals Stadium May 29. Blaine’s Ashley Osbeck collected seven assists and two goals, while Lexi Nelson had a game-high six goals. Jenny Chamberlain contributed five points (three assists) and goalie Lindsay Almberg posted five saves.
The semifinal meeting brought the growing rivals from Blaine and Coon Rapids together at Cardinals Stadium May 31. Coon Rapids led 9-7 at the break and outscored the Bengals by four more goals in the second half for the one-sided win.
Coon Rapids’ Rachel Droubie had a game-high eight points (five goals) and Sammi DeJoy added five points (three goals) as 10 different players collected an assist or point. Goalie Ali Weber made eight saves for the win.
Nelson and Chamberlain each scored twice for the Bengals and Almberg made three saves.
The Cardinals opened a 14-1 lead at the half against Andover as DeJoy led the way with five goals and Bailey Ryan added three assists in the section opener.
• Eighth-seed Anoka lost a shootout against Section 8 top-seed Elk River 17-13 May 29. The quarterfinal game came one day after the Tornadoes defeated No. 9 Buffalo 21-14 at Goodrich Field in Anoka.