Blaine moves on to AA semifinals with win over White Bear Lake

March 07, 2019 02:24 PM

No. 2 Blaine took an early 4-0 lead and, despite giving up two second period goals, held their lead to defeat White Bear Lake Area, 4-2, in the Class AA quarterfinal game on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Junior forwards Cole Hansen and Carsen Richels led the Bengals in scoring. Hansen had two goals and one assist, giving him 14 and 38 on the season respectively. Richels had one goal and two assists in the game, giving him 40 goals and 40 assists for the year. Senior forward Bryce Brodzinski rounded out the scoring with one goal in the game, giving him 36 goals for the season. 

Bengals senior goalie Joe Daninger logged the win, saving 27 shots. He out-dueled Bears senior goalie Evan Foss who was impressive in his own right securing 26 saves in the contest. 

Blaine finished the game with a 30-29 edge in the final shot tally. The periods were balanced with the Bengals coming out ahead with a 9-8, 10-13 and 11-8 shot margin in each of the periods respectively. 

The No. 2 Bengals will head to the semifinals against the Lakeville South/#3 Eden Prairie winner on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. White Bear Lake, competing in its first state tournament since 2011, will play the loser of that matchup on Friday at 10 a.m. in the consolation semifinals at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

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