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Top games: Blaine, Proctor/Hermantown find strength in their schedules

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine, 01/13/20, 3:00PM CST

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Jan. 18: The Bengals and Mirage clash as they seek out the state's top teams in preparation for the playoffs.

Blaine's season schedule is loaded with top-caliber opponents and on Saturday the Bengals will be challenged by Proctor/Hermantown. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Blaine's season schedule is loaded with top-caliber opponents and on Saturday the Bengals will be challenged by Proctor/Hermantown. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

We task our reporters with identifying several intriguing games throughout the state to assemble our Top Games of the Week. The matchups are presented in no particular order, and when there are additional games we want to highlight, we’ll include them with brief notes.






Other games to keep an eye on

Owatonna vs. Faribault, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. Faribault (15-3-0, 11-2-0) scoring standout Olivia Williamson (31 goals) was held to just a single goal in a 5-4 overtime loss to Owatonna (10-5-0, 10-1-0) when the Big 9 Conference-leading teams met on Dec. 10, and Williamson’s output will no doubt play a big role in outcome of the rematch. 

Chisago Lakes vs. Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City, 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17. Chisago Lakes (11-3-3) slipped past top Mississippi 8 Conference challenger Cambridge-Isanti/Mora/Pine City (9-10-0, 3-1-0) 2-1 on the strength of Megan Bye’s second-period goal on Nov. 19, setting up this intriguing rematch. 

Dodge County vs. Northfield, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16. High-scoring junior Jessica Boland (18 goals, 35 points) leads Northfield (12-6-0, 9-0-0) into its nonconference showdown with Dodge County (10-8-1) and senior Malia Schubert (17 goals, 23 points).


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