When entered the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, the Red Knights were unseeded and considered somewhat of a Cinderella story. But with a 10-1 rout of Lakeville South in Friday night’s semifinal game, the Red Knights are now looking more like a team of destiny and potential odd-on favorite to win it all.
After running the Section 6AA gauntlet and downing favorite Minnetonka 5-1 to earn a tournament berth, BSM fought off No. 4 seed Edina 3-2 in a Thursday thriller before blowing out the Cougars on Friday.
BSM jumped to a 5-0 lead after the first period, forcing a Cougar goalie change by utilizing their speed to create multiple scoring opportunities. BSM’s Dan Labosky started the scoring just a minute into the first period and completed a hat trick with a third-period goal to put BSM up 9-0.
The Red Knights will face a physical Hill-Murray squad that bested Moorhead 2-1 in overtime in the other Friday night semifinal. The Pioneers used bruising neutral zone checks to thwart the Moorhead offense and will likely try to employ the same tactic to slow down the speedy Red Knight attack.
The championship puck drops at the Xcel Energy Center at 7 p.m.