Brock Boeser (12) of Burnsville makes his way towards the St. Thomas Academy goal during the third period. Photo by Katherine Matthews
The postgame tunes were pumping in the Burnsville locker room, the louder the better as far as forwards Brock Boeser and Cole Borchardt were concerned.
As for Blaze coach Janne Kivihalme, he didn’t linger any longer than he had to. The postgame message was quick and to the point. Bad first period, great third period.
Kivihalme liked the way his team persevered in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over St. Thomas Academy in a Schwan Cup Gold Division quarterfinal matchup on Thursday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
What more needed to be said? Let the music play.
“Oh, no,” Kivihalme said when asked if he had a hand in selecting the playlist. “If it was me picking the music, it probably would be something Finnish.”
That line, when repeated to Borchardt and Boeser, got a big smile.
The duo connected on all three goals, with two coming in a 40-second span in the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Then they connected again on the jams – Party for Two by Shania Twain and Timber by Ke$ha among the selections.
“I sing it aloud in the locker room,” Borchardt said about Party for Two, a title that could also sit comfortably atop any writeup about the Blaze’s victory over the Cadets.
Boeser scored on a feed from Borchardt in the second period, and then the duo connected twice more during their game-turning shift in the third. Trailing 2-1 early in the period, Boeser scored off a rebound of a Borchardt shot. Then Boeser, a junior who has committed to play at Wisconsin, fed Borchardt with a gorgeous saucer pass through the slot. Borchardt finished the play by deking St. Thomas Academy goalie Charlie Hallet out of position before tucking the puck in the net.
“He made a sweet move to bury it,” Boeser said about Borchardt’s finishing touch.
“Through two guys, flat as can be, right on my tape,” Borchardt said about Boeser’s incredible pass.
Boeser and Borchardt grew up in the same Burnsville neighborhood, a stone’s throw from the Burnsville arena and nearby indoor roller hockey rink. They’ve played on the same teams since they were Squirts, and attended all the same schools since their elementary days at Vista View.
Borchardt, a senior, has eight goals and nine assists for the Blaze this season. His 17 points is second only to Boeser’s 22 (10 goals, 12 assists). Borchardt, a senior, hasn’t committed to play at a Division I college and says he has no visits line up. Maybe Wisconsin will show some interest, and the B and B Boys can keep their good thing going?
“That would be sweet,” Boeser said.
-- Loren Nelson