Blaine completed one of its best regular seasons going 19-3-2 overall and 18-2-1 en route to the Northwest Suburban Conference championship, after finishing the regular season with a 5-1 win over conference runner-up Centennial Feb. 1.
Blaine picked up its ninth win of the season in a 3-1 win over rival Coon Rapids Dec. 14.
For the first time in four years, Blaine (9-4) scored first in the annual Teddy Bear toss game, in which the first goal of the game triggers fans of both teams toss stuffed animals onto the ice. The animals are collected by both teams and donated to area hospitals, police, fire and crisis shelters.
Andover coach Ben Monahan and Blaine coach Steve Guider thrive on competition. Both girls’ hockey coaches intentionally scheduled tough early-season non-conference opponents ahead of their Nov. 17 meeting at Fogerty Arena in Blaine.
Plenty of sunshine greeted hockey fans and players for the second edition of the Winter Classic girls’ hockey game Jan. 28.