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Friday, February 23, 2007
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1A Semifinals: Blake is Back

By Ryan Phelps
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN

Blake has been here before.  In fact, they were State Champions in 2003.  But few players on the 2006-07 squad had little to do with that win.  With that said, this Bears team is getting things done.  And they did it again in the semifinals Friday, beating Hibbing/Chisholm, 4-1.


Ms. Hockey finalist Katharine Chute is a big reason why they’ve made it this far.  “We’re so excited, it’s a dream come true,” she said.  “We had to work to get here.  Hibbing played a great game.  When we were holding a 2-1 lead, it was pretty stressful.  But we got some goals in the third period and that really helped us out.”


Actually, Chute got some goals in the third period.  She scored on the power play at 0:21 seconds and again just 0:90 seconds later to make it a three goal game.


She matched the effort put forth earlier in the game by teammate Laura Komarek.  She started out the scoring for the Bears at 2:24 of the first period, then broke a 1-1 tie at 12:57 of the first with another blast.


“She’s got the hardest slapshot of anyone I’ve ever played with,” Chute said about her teammate.  “She’s just amazing.  She’s knows how to get it off and she scores so many important goals for us.”


At this stage of the tournament, one line just doesn’t cut it.  That might give Blake an advantage over their next opponent.  Chute said, “We’ve got great depth and we know our second and third lines can go out there and hold them.  It’s great to know we can count on everyone.”


Blake moves on to Saturday’s Class A Championship where they will face the winner of Farmington and Crookston at noon.


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