won the boys Class 2A State Hockey Championship on Saturday with a 5-1 win over Hill-Murray at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Red Knights had won two Class A championships, but this is their first 2A title.
Junior Grant Besse scored all five goals for BSM—two in the first period, one in the second and one more in the third.
“He just wrote himself into state tournament history,” head coach Ken Pauly told the BSM Knight Errant.
To top it off, the spectacular performance came in front of a crowd of 17,000.
“I don’t know if you can really put words to it,” Besse told the Knight Errant.
The win caps an amazing run for BSM, fueled by the emotion of playing to honor teammate Jack Jablonski, who sustained a serious spinal cord injury during a game on Dec. 30.
In the Section 6AA finals, the Red Knights . Afterward, Jablonski took the ice with his teammates to celebrate.
At state, BSM in the first round after senior Christian Horn scored the game-winner with 23.9 seconds left. The Red Knights then in the semifinals a night before beating Hill-Murray for the championship.
For Horn, the win is especially sweet. After a standout freshman season, he was asked to join the United States Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“Every Minnesota high school hockey kid dreams of doing this,” Horn told the Knight Errant on winning State. “It’s why I stuck around.
“I get to go out on a high note. I don’t have to cry at night because I lost a hockey game, and my senior season’s over, and now I don’t know what I’m going to do with hockey. Yeah, I might not know what I’m going to do with hockey for the next two months, but who cares? I just won a state championship.”