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HDM2020 Preview: Blake vs. Blaine

Blake is coming off of its first loss since Dec. 12

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 The Blake School vs. Blaine High School matchup.

The final high school matchup of Hockey Day may just be the most exciting of them all, when two top Class AA teams go up against one another. Blaine will play Blake at 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Parade Stadium to round out the four high school games that Hockey Day will feature in 2020. Coverage will be live on Fox Sports North.

Let's Play Hockey ranks Blake as the No. 8-ranked Class AA team.

Blaine is 10-5-0 this season, with a high-powered offense that is scoring 5.13 goals per game, while allowing only 2.60 goals per game. Senior Cole Hansen leads the team with 21 assists and 36 points and is second with 15 goals. Senior forward Carsen Richels, who leads the team with 16 goals, is committed to the University of New Hampshire. Sophomore defenseman Finn Loftus leads all defensemen with 15 assists. Sophomore goalie Ryan Wallin has spent the majority of time in net this season. He has a 8-2-0 record, with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage. In its last game before Hockey Day, Blaine defeated Spring Lake Park 15-1. Hansen recorded two goals and six assists, while Richels five goals and one assist. Seniors Sean Schweiger and Mason Streeter both recorded five points each in the game.

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Blake, who is 12-4-0, is another team who has a lot of offensive firepower. They are averaging 4.62 goals per game, while only allowing 2.19 goals per game. Junior forward, and University of Minnesota-commit, Joe Miller leads the team in goals (16), assists (20) and points (36). Senior Jack Sabre is second on the team in goals and points, recording 12 goals and 29 points on the season. Senior defenseman Ben Dexheimer is committed to Miami University. Junior goalie Aksel Reid has an 9-4-0 record, with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. After an eight-game winning streak, Blake lost its last game, falling 4-2 vs. Burnsville. It was the team's first loss since Dec. 12.

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