Posted On: 02/21/20 11:22 PM

CHAMPLIN-- It is here hockey folks, Minnesota's best winter event has arrived! We were at Champlin Ice Forum last night for the big opening to watch two games to start the section. Our first game was a battle between 1 seed Blaine and 8 seed Coon Rapids. Knowing the early season history from this game, I knew it probably wouldn't be pretty and you could get the vibe from the Bengals early in this one that they would probably like more "competition" than the Cardinals to start the big section playoffs. Here were the keys to victory for the Bengals, who got one of my three stars and more!

KEYS TO VICTORY

  • In any sport, it's all comes down to the momentum you build throughout the game to get the victory. Blaine developed that momentum in the first period, getting their first goal within 20 seconds of the puck dropping with a goal by Mason Streeter (2020). Blaine would go on to score four more goals in that period alone putting the game darn near out of reach at the end of the first period.
  • The shot count was 68 for Blaine and only 12 for Coon Rapids. Bengals goalie Ryan Wallin (2022) could have taken

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