MBA Bantams Qualify for State

After wining their district tournament, the MBA Bantam hockey team moved on to the North Region Tournament in Hibbing March 1-3. The Storm kept their winning streak alive with three more wins to qualify for the state tournament. MBA beat Red Lake Falls 3-1 March 1, took down Grand Rapids 4-1 March 2 and finished off the championship weekend with a 4-3 win over Rock Ridge in the finals to come away as North Region Champions.

MBA 3 Red Lake Falls 1

The Storm fell behind early in their first game of the North Region tournament, but managed to come back to secure a two-goal victory.

Red Lake Falls struck first with a goal 12 minutes into the game, but Charlie Blume answered with a first period goal, assisted by Hunter Westerman and Connor Hadfield.

The Storm finally took the lead when Gavin Meyer scored on an assist from Charlie Blume halfway through the second period to make it 2-1.For insurance, Hadfield scored a shorthanded goal to start the third period and secured a 3-1 win.

Bryce Mast was in net and saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced.

MBA 4 Grand Rapids 1

In the second round, the Storm met Grand Rapids. MBA played very well to start the game and cruised their way to a 4-1 victory.

The Storm opened up the scoring with a Dane Dybdahl goal assisted by Jacob Blume. Meyer made it 2-0 with a goal assisted by Hadfield.

In the second period, Hadfield scored on an assist from Meyer to extend the Storm’s lead to 3-0 after two periods.

The lead grew to 4-0 with Hadfield’s second goal of the game. Grand Rapids finally got on the board in the third period, but only scored once to make the final score 4-1.

MBA outshot Grand Rapids 29-13 throughout the game and Mast was able to save 12 of those 13 shots.

MBA 4 Rock Ridge 3

In the championship game, the Storm took on Rock Ridge and found themselves in a dog fight. MBA made just enough plays on both ends of the ice to come away with a 4-3 win to win the North Region Crown.

Hadfield opened up the scoring in the first period with a goal assisted by Jacob Blume to make it 1-0 after one period. Rock Ridge came back to tie the game up with a goal in the second, but Hadfield’s second goal put the Storm back on top 2-1. Just before the end of the second period, Rock Ridge scored on a power play to tie the game at 2-2 at the end of the second.

The Storm fell behind for the first time in the game when Rock Ridge scored more than six minutes into the third to make it 3-2. Hadfield finished off his hat trick with an assist from Meyer to tie the game and Charlie Blume, assisted by Hadfield, scored the game winning goal with just under three minutes left to give the Storm the title.

The Storm narrowly outshot Rock Ridge 27-23 and Mast saved 20 of those 23 shots.

The boys advance to the State tournament in Proctor on March 15-17.