Blake goaltender Olivia Bizal stops one of Edina's 25 shots during a 2-1 Blake victory over Edina at Braemar Arena Jan. 27. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine
For the first time this year, the Edina girls’ hockey program lost a game. The loss came at the hands of Blake, Class 1A's top ranked team in the state coaches' poll, by a 2-1 score Friday night at Braemar Arena in Edina.
Blake sophomore goalie Olivia Bizal entered the game with a .952 save percentage and stopped 24 Edina shots, including two on power plays. She was a key to the win, along with a strong Bears defense that fended off three face-offs in their own zone with two minutes left to play.
Bizal, a University of Minnesota-Duluth commit, played on her head.
“It was a very intense game,” Bizal said. “We played collectively, probably our best game all season…they played unbelievable in front of me and got the puck out. It was really nice to have that defensive support in front of me.”
With the clock inching toward zero, the Hornets had the chances to tie it up. Face-off after face-off in the Bears’ zone, however, proved to run into the wall that was Bizal and the Blake defense.
“When there’s less than five minutes left, I always round up,” Bizal said. “At the two-minute mark, I just said, ‘three minutes of laser focus.’ That’s what I do.”
Lily Delianedis (13-19-32), a freshman forward, scored first for Blake on a power play with 3:15 left in the first period. Sara McClanahan and Lucy Burton assisted.
“The girls played with absolute passion and hard work,” Blake coach Shawn Reid said. “They really believed in each other and kept it positive, one shift at a time, one period at a time. It was really nice to see how they came together as a team.
The loss for No.1-2A Edina (20-1-1, 7-0) wasn’t from a lack of trying. The Hornets outshot Blake 25-11 with some good opportunities in front of the net to test Bizal at the start the second period.
A Blake tripping penalty sent Sarah Levitt to the box. Seconds later, Harvard commit and junior forward Lolita Fidler (17-22-39) netted her 17th goal of the season, tying the game at one each. Fidler was helped by Anna Klein and Emily Oden.
It was the only goal for an Edina team that has outscored opponents 99-23 this season.
The Hornets’ Grace Bowlby got called for high-sticking less than a minute after Fidler tied it up. Bears’ junior forward McClanahan (9-13-22) notched a power-play goal 10 seconds into the penalty.
Edina senior goalie Anna Goldstein, who entered the game with a .919 save percentage, stopped nine of Blake’s 11 shots.
Blake (20-2-1, 5-0) hopes to return to the state final, which they won last year.
“Our mantra all the time is ‘the next game,’ Reid said. “With two more regular season games, it gives us the opportunity to improve every facet of our game. We’re going to enjoy this today and get back to work tomorrow and look to the next game.”
Blake junior Olivia Bizal was all smiles during a timeout against Edina Friday night. Bizal and her Bears teammates handed Edina its first loss of the season. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine
Blake, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A by the state coaches' poll, handed No. 1-2A Edina (20-1-1, 7-0) its first loss of the season 2-1 Friday night at Braemar Arena in Edina.
Sophomore goalie Olivia Bizal entered the game with a .952 save percentage for the Bears (20-2-1, 5-0) and stopped 24 Edina shots, including two on power plays.
Lily Delianedis, a freshman forward, scored first for Blake on a power play with 3:15 left in the first period, assisted by Sara McClanahan and Lucy Burton. McClanahan, a junior forward, scored the winner in the second period after Edina’s Grace Bowlby got called for a high-sticking penalty.
Lolita Fidler (17-22-38) scored Edina’s lone goal, with help from Anna Klein and Emily Oden 5:29 into the second frame.
Edina senior goalie Anna Goldstein stopped nine of Blake’s 11 shots.
Edina's Lolita Fidler (12) looks back to see her shot make it over the Blake goaltender. Fidler had the only goal for the Hornets who recorded their first loss of the season. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine