BGH celebrates third State Championship in four years

Celebration ensues on and off the ice


photo submitted by Julia Shepard

The girls laud their well-deserved State Championship after an 8-0 win over SPU.

Shawn Reid, head coach, reminisces, “As the game went on, more amazement overcame me. I was just so impressed with the aura of the team and how they played.”

This scene unfolded this past Saturday when the renowned girls’ hockey team won state with a commanding 8-0 lead against St. Paul United.

This has been BGH’s third state title in the last four years, following last season’s upsetting loss in the state final.

Although the school lost last year’s championship, the emotions ran higher for this years championship run. Carly Bullock ‘16, one of BGH’s senior captains, comments that the team’s “expectations were to make it back to state and win the title after getting second last year.”

 BGH came into the state tournament following a close game against division-rival, Breck (3-2) to win the section.

Madeline Wethington ‘19 emphasizes, “Throughout the season, we were on a mission. That mission was to be the best team in state and to take back our title. That loss last year gave us even more of a push to beat everyone in the playoffs.”

BGH hit the ice showing no mercy in the first game of the state tournament. At home, the girls conquered Luverne 10-0.

Sara Mclanahan ‘18, the rebounding heroine from the Breck game, comments, “Honestly, we were a lot better than I expected us to be. I didn’t think we were going to be as much of a goal scoring team as we were last year but this year we always had the ability and people to get the puck in the net.”   

Following the quarterfinal game, Proctor-Hermantown was the next team to beat, one they had only beaten 1-0 earlier in the season. Although BGH ended up winning the game 5-1, the intensity remained high when the score was tied 1-1 and leading scorer Bullock was taken out of the game. Still, they pulled through to an impressive win.

Sarah Chute ‘18 added, “Nothing brings a team together like a selfless play.” Following the state championship, many are considering that the school should indefinitely be added to class AA due to their showing at state.

As Anna Kruesel ‘18 puts it, “Girls’ Hockey has had a history of success and excellence and so with every new season and team it’s our job to continue that.”