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Blake takes big bite out of Duluth Marshall

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 01/29/22, 10:15AM CST

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The Bears stormed to victory over the Hilltoppers on Saturday.

Blake's Sam Broz (16) finds the rebound and gets the puck under the stick of goaltender Rae Anderson. Broz scored two goals on assists from Suzy Higuchi in the Bears' 5-2 win over the Hilltoppers. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Blake's Sam Broz (16) finds the rebound and gets the puck under the stick of goaltender Rae Anderson. Broz scored two goals on assists from Suzy Higuchi in the Bears' 5-2 win over the Hilltoppers. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Stop outside the Blake girls’ hockey locker room after a victory this season and there’s one song pumping: The 1970s hit “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates.

“This is their win song,” said Blake first-year coach Kristi King. “They always play old-school music.”

The song choice was spontaneous, said Blake junior forward Sam Broz, and has been a staple ever since the second game of the season in mid-November, a 6-3 win at Cretin-Derham Hall.

“First win of the season, it just came on on the bus, and everybody was jamming out,” Broz said.

Junior Suzy Higuchi (7) skates the puck around the reach of defender Annika Lindgren (21). Higuchi scored three goals and added three assists in a pair of wins over Marshall this weekend. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

Junior Suzy Higuchi (7) skates the puck around the reach of defender Annika Lindgren (21). Higuchi scored three goals and added three assists in a pair of wins over Duluth Marshall this weekend. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

First Report

Blake used a two-goal second period to grab a lead and then score shorthanded and on a 5-on-3 in the third for a 5-2 victory over Duluth Marshall on Saturday afternoon at Blake Ice Arena in Hopkins.

Sam Broz got Blake’s first goal of the game in the first before freshman Malika Chebaclo scored her first goal off the season 17 seconds into the second period. Remy Abraham gave the Bears a lead later in the period on her second goal of the season.

In the third, Suzy Higuchi scored the fifth short-handed goal of the season for the Bears for a 4-2 cushion about five minutes into the period. It marked her 17th goal of the season, second short-handed and third of the weekend. Broz scored her second of the game only 11 seconds into a 5-on-3 advantage to extend the lead, her team-leading fifth power-play goal.

In goal, Blake junior Abby Ziehl stopped 9 shots before exiting with 5:53 left in the second period after taking a hit in the crease. Senior Molly Haag entered and made 13 saves. For the Hilltoppers, freshman Rae Anderson made 27 saves.

Blake (11-9-0) swept the weekend mini-series over the Hilltoppers (13-6-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 1A by Let’s Play Hockey, also earning a 4-1 home victory on Friday night. The pair of victories snapped a five-game losing skid for the Bears. 

Marshall's Meredith Boettcher (24) picks up the puck between a pair of Blake defenders. Boettcher scored in the opening minute of the second period to tie the game at two, just 34 seconds after Malika Chebaclo gave the Bears a one goal lead. Photo by Cher

Meredith Boettcher (24) picks up the puck between a pair of defenders. Boettcher scored in the first minute of the second period to tie the game at two, 34 seconds after Malika Chebaclo gave the Bears a one goal lead. Photo by Cheryl A Myers, SportsEngine

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