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Pair of hat tricks help Blake ‘right the ship’

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 01/16/20, 5:30PM CST


Seniors Addie Burton and Lily Delianedis had big nights for the Bears in a rout of the Lightning.

Adelaide Burton (2) scores a short-handed goal in the first period. Burton's three goals helped lead Blake to a 8-0 rout over visiting Grand Rapids/Greenway during the opening night of Hockey Day in Minnesota. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Even with the bone-chilling weather and the pomp-and-circumstance that is Hockey Day Minnesota, Blake girls’ hockey coach Shawn Reid had one factor stick out to him after Thursday’s game. 

“We played three complete periods,” Reid said. 

Senior Addie Burton mentioned the same thing. Her teammate Lily Delianedis called it “one of the most complete games we’ve played all season.” Not a bad way to sum up an 8-0 Blake victory over Grand Rapids/Greenway (8-9-2) at Parade Stadium. Both Burton and Delianedis recorded hat tricks in the game.

The dominant victory comes during a recent tough stretch for Blake, ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll. The Bears saw a six-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt with a pair of losses in holiday-tournament play, then sprinkle in losses to Edina and Breck, and Blake (12-5-1, 3-1-0) had lost 4-of-6 games coming into Thursday night’s big-stage game right across the street from their school.

Blake's Lily Delianedis (7) moves the puck past defender Ellie Tillma (17). Delianedis scored a hat trick in the Bears' 8-0 win over Grand Rapids/Greenway at Parade Stadium. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

The Lightning's Claire Vekich (8) steals the puck from Kylie Gage (3) at mid-ice. Grand Rapids/Greenway lost 8-0 to the host team Blake in the second game of Hockey Day in Minnesota on Thursday night. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

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