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Broz and Burton help catapult Blake over top-ranked Edina

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 01/18/19, 12:00PM CST


An eighth grader who usually isn't part of the power play unit, Broz scored a big first-period goal for the Bears.

Blake’s Madison Tix attempts a spin move in front of Edina’s goaltender Elli Strittmater Friday night in the third period. The Bears went on to beat the Hornets 2-1. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Blake’s Sam Broz celebrates after scoring the first goal tying the game 1-1 in the first period. Blake beat Edina 2-1 on Friday. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Blake eighth-grade forward Sam Broz wasn’t slotted to be on the power play unit at the start of Friday’s game against Edina. Heck, she said she hasn’t really even practiced on the power play.

But she found herself in the situation anyway, and she scored a backdoor goal to tie the game in the first period. Technically, it came two seconds after the power play expired, but the Bears were cycling the puck with the advantage and finally connected. It was just the third goal of the season for Broz and helped Blake, ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, defeat top-ranked Edina 2-1 Friday at Braemar Arena.

First report

For a couple of Class 2A heavyweight teams that came in averaging more than four goals per game, the evenly matched section rivals kept the score close throughout the night.

But it was Blake, ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, that prevailed with a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Edina Friday night at Braemar Arena.

Special teams were key as Edina took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal from CC Bowlby, and then Blake tied it up just two seconds after a power play had expired. In the second period, Blake’s penalty kill went 3-for-3 to keep the Hornets off the board. Edina came up empty on two more early power plays in the third period.

Blake (18-2, 3-0) scored 2 minutes, 35 seconds into the second to take a 2-1 lead on a goal from junior Addie Burton.

Like last season, this matchup could be a preview for the Class 2A, Section 6 final. Two-time defending Class 2A champion and Edina (17-4, 4-0) defeated Blake 4-2 in the section final last season. No. 4-ranked Wayzata is also in the mix for Section 6.

In net, junior Ava Christie made 20 saves for Blake while senior Elli Strittmater stopped 16 shots for Edina. 

Edina’s Annie Kuehl takes a shot on Blake’s goaltender Ava Christie in the second period. The Hornets lost to the Bears at home 2-1. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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