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Blazing defense

By MN Hockey Hub staff, 12/26/12, 12:15PM CST


Tough defense leads Burnsville past Blaine in Schwan Cup Gold quarterfinals

Burnsville's Teemu Kivihalme (26) sends a flying shoulder into Jesse Norling (23) of Blaine during the Blaze's 3-1 victory at the Schwan Cup Gold quarterfinals. Photos by Tim Kolehmainen.

Game Recap

Brock Boeser scored twice, Nick DiGregorio scored once and Tyler Sheehy recorded three assists to help No. 11-ranked Burnsville past No. 5 Blaine 3-1 in the second quarterfinal of the Schwan Cup Gold Division on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

DiGregorio struck just 4 minutes, 55 seconds into the contest when he corralled a Sheehy pass and beat Bengal goalie Bailey Ketola with a quick wrist shot.

Then, with just 42 seconds left in the first period, Boeser batted home a loose puck in the crease to give Burnsville a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Blaine’s Tyler Frischmon scored on a one-timer just 90 seconds into the second to cut into the Blaze lead, but that was the closest the Bengals ever got.

Boeser added a power-play marker late in the third, giving Burnsville the cushion it needed to hold off the late Blaine charge.

Nic Anderson turned away 31 shots for Burnsville in the winning effort.

Ketola finished with 22 stops in the loss.

-- Zack Friedli, MN Hockey Hub staff

Tyler Frischmon (28) celebrates his goal for Blaine.

Summary, Stats

1. Tyler Sheehy, Burnsville
The junior forward was all over the ice on Wednesday afternoon, generating scoring chances for the Blaze left and right. Sheehy’s teammates benefited from his creative play, scoring all three goals off of Sheehy feeds.

2. Brock Boeser, Burnsville
Playing next to Sheehy on Burnsville’s top line, Boeser was equally as impressive, notching a pair of goals to lead the Blaze to the upset. Boeser put himself in the right spots all afternoon, cashing in on rebound in the first period and blasting a shot from the point through traffic late in the third.

3. Nic Anderson, Burnsville
Anderson, a senior goalie, made quality stop after quality stop to snuff out the Blaine scoring chances. He turned away 31 shots in all, including 21 in the final two periods to secure the win.

-- Zack Friedli, MN Hockey Hub staff

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