Blaine (22-5-1) won both regular season meetings against crosstown rival Centennial (16-10-2) but the No. 3 seeded Cougars upset No. 1 Blaine to win the Section 5AA title 2-1.
Top-seed Blaine picked up its sixth win in a row and 22nd of the season after shutting out Anoka 3-0 in the Section 5AA semifinal game during a rare Wednesday night game for high school hockey.
Top-seed Blaine picked up its sixth win in a row and 22nd win of the season after shutting out Anoka 3-0 in the Section 5AA semifinal game on a rare Wednesday night for high school hockey.
Despite peppering Hill-Murray goalie Sam Illgen 58 times, No. 6 Blaine (16-4-1) couldn’t complete a comeback against No. 3 Hill-Murray (18-3-0) in a 4-3 loss at Aldrich Arena Feb. 5.
Blaine and Maple Grove elected to play both Northwest Suburban Conference contests at neutral sites.
The first meeting came Dec. 26 at the Sports Authority Holiday Hockey Classic, organized by Benilde-St. Margaret’s at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Blaine bounced back from its first loss of the season, a 3-1 score against No. 3 ranked (Class A) East Grand Forks Dec. 13, with a pair of 11-0 Northwest Suburban Conference wins against Coon Rapids Dec. 14 and Robbinsdale Armstrong Dec. 19.
When Nick Bjugstad, the former Blaine High School graduate and Gopher turned Florida Panthers rookie centerman, took to the ice ahead of his first National Hockey League game last April, he noticed a familiar face warming up across the rink in fellow Blaine graduate, Matt Hendricks, then playing with the Washington Capitals.
The latest big win of the season came Saturday evening as No. 8-ranked Blaine (4-0-1) upset No. 4 ranked and defending Class AA champion Benilde-St. Margaret’s (3-2-0) 6-5 in St. Louis Park Dec. 15.