In a weekend showdown, Blaine (6-0-1) will square off against Rogers (6-2) as the two teams will try to separate themselves in a challenging Northwest Suburban Conference.
As the No. 4 team in Class 3A, Blaine has used a combination of offense and defense to fuel the team’s success. The Bengals have won five shutout games behind stellar play from Madison Way (38 saves) while also scoring two or more goals in six of seven games. Kendall Stadden is leading the way for Blaine with six goals and two assists. The Bengals are looking to win the Northwest Suburban after not winning in the 2010s despite making it to multiple state tournaments.
Rogers was toward the top of the conference standings before falling 1-0 to Spring Lake Park on Sept. 15. The Royals will need to cap off a challenging week (road games against Maple Grove and Andover) with a win against Blaine to increase its chances of taking the conference. Rogers has allowed only three goals to opponents this season and Abbey Elmquist has scored eight goals.