Anoka, Blaine fall in Section 5AA boys hockey semifinals

Sports Reporter
Sam is the sports reporter for ABC Newspapers, covering high school, junior college and community sports in the area. He joined the staff in October 2016.
Anoka’s Jack Giddings battles for the puck in a 2-0 win against Champlin Park in the Section 5AA quarterfinals on Feb. 23. (Photo by Chris Chesky)
Anoka’s Jack Giddings battles for the puck in a 2-0 win against Champlin Park in the Section 5AA quarterfinals on Feb. 23. (Photo by Chris Chesky)

The Anoka and Blaine boys hockey teams advanced to the Section 5AA semifinals on Feb. 25, but were handed losses by the top two seeds at the Champlin Ice Forum.

No. 1 seed Centennial defeated No. 5 Anoka 6-1 and No. 2 Maple Grove won 3-0 against No. 3 Blaine, who defeated sixth-seeded Coon Rapids 7-2 on Feb. 23 in the quarterfinals. Spring Lake Park, seeded No. 7, lost 10-1 to Maple Grove in the other quarterfinal game.

Anoka, the defending section champs, end the season 11-15-1. Blaine’s final record is 14-12-1.

Blaine’s Lincoln Erne rifles his second goal in a 7-2 win against Coon Rapids in the Section 5AA quarterfinals on Feb. 23. (Photo by Sam Herder)
Blaine’s Lincoln Erne rifles his second goal in a 7-2 win against Coon Rapids in the Section 5AA quarterfinals on Feb. 23. (Photo by Sam Herder)