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Blaine knocks off Maple Grove 3-0 to win 2A Section 5 title

By MIKE HENDRICKSON, Star Tribune, 02/17/17, 9:15PM CST

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The Bengals advance to the state tournament for the second time in three seasons.


Blaine put pressure on Crimson goaltender Coco Francis early in the game, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of play. Blaine earns a trip to next week's State Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Maple Grove. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Scoring two goals in the opening five minutes helped propel Blaine to a 3-0 victory over Maple Grove to win the Class 2A, Section 5 championship Friday at Roseville Ice Arena.

“That’s a great team that we beat,” said coach Steve Guider, whose team advanced to the state tournament for the second time in three seasons. “To get three pucks past those goalies is impressive.”

Ramsey Parent scored first, 3 minutes, 22 seconds into the game, as she fought her way to the net and poked in the puck. Paige Beebe followed with another goal 91 seconds later. Maple Grove pulled goaltender Breanna Blesi and replaced her with Coco Francis.

“We knew we needed to capitalize on all chances,” Parent said. “I knew my goal wasn’t going to be pretty. I just had to get it in.”

Beebe tallied an assist on Parent’s goal while Parent and Kenzie Wylie assisted Beebe on her goal.

Abby Jones extended the Bengals’ lead to 3-0 with 1:44 left in the second period with an assist from DeAnna LeMire. The Crimson had multiple chances in the second but was unable to capitalize.

Jaela O’Brien recorded the shutout for Blaine.

“Defense-wise, I thought we played well, but our goaltender was exceptional tonight,” Guider said. “That’s the best game she’s played. She was very, very poised and relaxed.”

Mike Hendrickson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on
assignment for the Star Tribune.


The Blaine girls hockey team exits the bench in celebration at the Roseville Ice Arena on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First report

Blaine defeated Maple Grove 3-0 on Friday to win the Class 2A, Section 5 championship at the Roseville Ice Arena to advance to the state tournament.

Blaine went up 2-0 within the starting five minutes on goals from Ramsey Parent and Paige Beebe. Beebe tallied an assist on Parent's goal while Parent and Kenzie Wylie assisted Beebe on her goal.

Abby Jones scored a goal to extend the Bengals' lead to 3-0 with 1:44 left in the second period, with an assist from DeAnna LeMire. The Crimson had multiple chances in the second but were unable to capitalize.

Neither team scored in the third period.

Jaela O'Brien recored the shutout for Blaine, which won its second section title in three seasons.

Check back later for more on the game.

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