by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Centennial team everyone expected weeks ago showed up Tuesday night and drubbed the Elk River Elks 5-1 in Circle Pines.
Centennial, conference champs last year with just three seniors, lost three matches early in the NWSC season.
“They were the team everyone thought would win the conference,” said Elk coach Tom Olson. “So that surprised everyone.”
The No. 9 ranked Cougars looked good as advertised against the Elks, though, led by senior forward Erick Bloom with three goals.
“That Bloom, if he isn’t picked as the best player in the conference, we’re doing something wrong,” said Olson.
The Elks had a great start as Adam Fordahl put them on the board just 45 seconds into the match, but it was all Cougars after that.
The NWSC has no real good or real bad teams. With one match left, Blaine and Centennial now lead at 5-3-1, followed by the Elk at 5-4-0, and Maple Grove and Osseo, each 4-3-2. Even the last-place team, Champlin Park, is 2-5-2.
The Elks will play at Champlin Park on Thursday in the conference finale.