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GHS: Blake hangs a dozen on Elk River/Zimmerman

By Peter Odney , 12/05/19, 10:30PM CST


The Bears scored five goals in the first and six more times in the second to pull away for a 12-4 win over the Elks.

Blake's Audrey Wethington skates though the handshake line after scoring one of her four goals on Thursday night.

Usual Suspects Power Blake Win

Blake seniors Lily Delianedis and Addie Burton do everything together.

They drive around. They go on vacation together. They engage in epic battles of the EA Sports NHL franchise on the Xbox, which Burton admits are usually one-sided affairs. 

"I'm not good," Burton said on Thursday night. "Say we're playing (NHL) 2018, she'll pick a lower-level team, dare I say the Devils, and I have to be one of the All-Star teams, and then it's a close game," Burton explained. 

Burton and Delianedis may have to fire up the gaming console to find a close game after Thursday night's 12-4 drubbing of Elk River/Zimmerman, a matchup that promised to much closer on paper.

Delianedis, committed to Cornell, recorded three goals and six total points, followed by Burton with a pair of goals and five points, and senior Minnesota commit Audrey Wethington, who notched four scores in the win.

"They're incredible," Blake head coach Shawn Reid said after the game of his two captains. "They have really good chemistry with each other, and they know where the other is at all times."

Burton assisted on two of Delianedis's three goals, while Delianedis returned the favor with assists on both of Burton's tallies.

"We spend all of our time together on and off the ice, so I guess I just find here without even thinking about it," Burton said with a laugh. 

Delianedis has 27 points on the season, tops on the team, followed by Burton's 18. 

Lily Delianedis scored three goals and dished out three assists in Thursday night's win over Elk River/Zimmerman.

The Bears (6-1-1), ranked No. 2 in the most recent Youth Hockey Hub Class 2A ratings, scored five goals in the first period and six more in the second to send the game into running-time for the final 17 minutes. 

"The girls played really well," Reid said of his team's execution. "We wanted to make sure everybody's contributing; everybody's touching the puck, everybody's moving their feet. I liked the way we played the whole game."

With the match in hand after the first, Reid said that the team shifted its focus onto executing the details of the game. 

"We're looking to make sure we're doing the little things correctly," Reid said. "The way we angle players, the way we possess the puck, the way we distribute the puck. There's always something you can work on."

Madelyn Christian scored twice for the Elks (3-6), who are 0-2 since beating both No. 2-1A Warroad and quality Class 2A program Roseau during a northern swing at the end of November. 

Considering the Bears are bursting with Division I-caliber players, Reid said that his team is more than comfortable in high-scoring games because they're not merely playing to fill their own stat lines. 

"We have really good talent on the team," Reid said of his group. "They're playing for each other, which is really fun to see."

Maddy Christian scored twice for Elk River/Zimmerman in Thursday's loss.

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