Karlie Lund shot the puck past Red Wing goalie Ashley Corcoran for a score in the first period. Lund would go on to score a hat trick in the game against Red Wing. Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune
Shoves and word exchanges in the opening minutes of Friday’s Class 1A semifinal helped fueled the Blake girls’ hockey team.
First it was Maddy Hall doing the shoving, then Karlie Lund (three goals, one assist), then Haley Aldrich, each showing Red Wing there would be no relenting in what became a 6-3 victory.
“The physicality of [our style of play] just generally comes along,” Blake star forward Dani Cameranesi said. “It gets me kind of fired up when people are trying to come at me.”
The teams combined for eight penalties and Red Wing suffered the most from its four. Three of the Wingers’ core players missed eight minutes of action, with the state’s leading scorer Nicole Schammel sitting out four minutes.
Blake capitalized on two power plays. Carly Bullock broke a 3-3 tie by scoring on a follow-up to a blocked shot. Cameranesi scored the final goal for the No. 3-seed Bears, who advanced to Saturday’s championship game at noon.
No. 2-seed Red Wing rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to briefly tie the game when Katelyn Hadler scored a shorthanded goal at the 11:48 mark. But 10 seconds later, Bullock scored the first of three Blake unanswered goals.
Blake goaltender Tori Johnson limited Schammel’s high-powered offense to one goal in the first period.
Later the junior forward made a highlight-worthy play. Schammel broke away from a defender and created an open look at the goal by pushing the puck behind her and through her legs. The defender fell to the ice, but Schammel’s shot hit the crossbar.
“I couldn’t quite find the back of the net as much as I normally do or as easily,” she said. “I just think for our whole team, the puck just wasn’t bouncing our way.”