The Red Knights completed their quest to reclaim the North Suburban Conference championship with a convincing 5-1 victory over Irondale. BSM finished with an 11-0 conference record where they outscored their opponents 76-7. Another strong defensive effort limited Irondale to few quality scoring chances in the game.
The Red Knights opened the scoring at the 3:19 mark of the first period on Brittany Wheeler's 18th goal of the season with the assists going to Kelly Pannek and Caitlin Reilly. BSM went into the 2nd period nursing a 1-0 lead. The score remained that way until the final minute of the second period. The Red Knights caught fire when Jordyn Burns took matters into her own hands weaving up the ice and putting a pretty shot behind the Irondale netminder to open the lead to 2-0. Alexi Press had the assist on the play. Forty two seconds later, Kelly Pannek scored her 31st goal of the season from Caitlin Reilly and Brittany Wheeler. The Red Knights had a comfortable 3-0 lead going into the final period of the regular season.
After surrendering only their 7th shorthanded goal of the season, the Red Knights answered with 2 goals. Kat Kernan scored her 5th goal of the season at the 8:05 mark from Aly Hoffman and Anne Arnason. Aly Hoffman then assisted about 5 minutes later on Jordyn Burns' 2nd goal of the game and her 14th of the season. Shots for the game were 38-18 for BSM.
The Red Knights finished the regular season with a 21-2-1 record. Kelly Pannek led the team in total points (52) and goals (31). Caitlin Reilly led the team in assists with 26. In 24 games, the Red Knights only surrendered 25 goals and registered 10 shutouts during the season. BSM scored 124 goals this season. Their power play effectiveness was almost 40% and they killed off almost 91% of the penalties assessed to them.
The #3 ranked Red Knights will begin their pursuit for a state title when Section playoffs being next weekend at Parade Ice Arena.
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