Saint Paul, MN
The Blaine Bengals look to be finding their stride at the right time, as they posted an impressive 5-0 win over the Rochester Century Panthers Thursday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. Blaine outshot Century 28-18 and looked comfortable defensively, as they move on to face the Eden Prairie Eagles Friday night in Semifinal action.
Nick Bjugstad, the impressive sophmore on his way to the University of Minnesota, started things at 9:18 for the Bengals, as hit snipe from the left side found the top corner and gave Blaine an early 1-0 advantage. Arguably, one of the state’s hottest players in postseason play has been Zac Frischmon, and his tally off a nice Bengal passing play made it 2-0 Blaine at the first intermission.
The second period brought us a more defensive stance from the Bengals and Panthers, as both teams combined for only 11 shots. Two of those shots found the back of the net for the Bengals, as Jake Jensen and another from Bjugstad, made it 4-0 Bengals after two periods of play.
The Panthers (15-12-2) came into the game with high hopes after an impressive run through Section 1AA, but they were never able to gain much offensive strength in the Blaine end, and Danny Harper was impressive in the nets, stopping all 18 shots he faced. Blaine (25-3-1) has found fantastic success from Harper throughout their postseason run. Couple that with fine performances from Bjugstand, Frischmon and company, and these Bengals look poised to make a run at this years’ title game, as they will square off against Eden Prairie this Friday at 6:00, for the AA title game berth.
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