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HDM2020 Preview: Blake vs. Grand Rapids-Greenway

Blake has been one of the top teams in the state this season

by Tyler Savitsky /

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 presented by Wells Fargo, will highlight each of the four high school games in this year's festivities Jan. 16 and Jan. 18 in Minneapolis. Today, we take a look at the Blake vs. Grand Rapids-Greenway matchup.

Grand Rapids-Greenway will play The Blake School at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Parade Stadium, which will be the latter of the high school girls' doubleheader on the first night of Hockey Day.

Grand Rapids-Greenway is 8-8-2 this season and is led by junior, and Bemidji State-commit, Claire Vekich. Vekich leads the team in goals (15), assists (21) and points (36). Seventh grader Mercury Bischoff is right behind her in each category, recording 10 goals, 13 assists and 23 points. Senior Emily Trast has received the bulk of the playing time in between the pipes. Trast has played in 16 games this season, recording a 7-5-2 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. Grand Rapids-Greenway comes into the game after suffering its worst loss of the season, a 7-0 defeat against Forest Lake on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Blake has been one of the best team's in the state this year. Let's Play Hockey ranks them as the fifth best Girls Class AA team. They are 11-5-1 on the season, averaging 4.24 goals per contest. They are led offensively by the trio of seniors Lily Delianedis, a Cornell-commit and University of Minnesota-commits Adelaide Burton and Audrey Wethington. Delianedis leads the team with 21 goals and 22 assists, while Burton has tallied 18 goals and 16 assists. Wethington has 16 goals and 10 assists of her own. Sophomore goalie Molly Haag is 8-5-1 this season with a 2.90 goals-against average and .883 save percentage. Blake lost in its final game before Hockey Day, losing an away game at Breck 4-3. Ally Qualley scored the game-winning-goal 3:24 into the third period. 

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