The puck is cleared in front of Blaine goaltender Hailey Hansen in Friday night's game at Fogerty Arena. Hanson stopped 22 shots to help lead the Bengals to a 3-1 win over visiting Proctor/Hermantown. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
The Blaine girls' hockey team got punched in the mouth roughly a minute into its contest with Proctor/Hermantown Friday.
Not literally, of course. But the Bengals surrendered a sloppy own-goal at the 1:24 mark of the first period — and it wasn't the first time this season that they had fallen behind quickly.
Proctor/Hermantown forward McKenzie Gunderson handles the puck near the boards in the neutral zone while Blaine's Dani Brunette pursues. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Blaine scored two goals just 17 seconds apart in the first period, then added a third-period marker to claim a 3-1 victory over Proctor/Hermantown at Fogerty Arena Friday.
Ramsey Parent and Kaitlyn Ronn scored for Blaine (8-8-1, 4-5-1) midway through the first period, while Maddie Andrle tacked on another in the third period.
Alyssa Watkins scored an unassisted goal just 1:24 in the contest for Proctor-Hermantown, ranked No. 4 in Class 1A in the state coaches' poll.
Ryan Gray finished with 20 saves for the Mirage, while Hailey Hansen stopped 22 shots for Blaine.
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