Hockey: First-place Blaine drubs Elk boys 9-3

This time the Blaine Bengals left no doubt who’s in charge.

The Bengals, who needed a third-period rally to beat Elk River 5-4 three weeks ago, buried the Elks 9-3 in the rematch Thursday evening to stay unbeaten in the Northwest Suburban Conference.

The No. 8 ranked Bengals (14-0 conference, 16-4-1 overall) got nine of just 26 shots past Elk goalie Maclean Berglove. Jesse Norling led the assault with three goals and two assists. Tyler Kline had two goals.

Reggie Lutz, Chase Springman and Isaac Schwab had the goals for the Elks, with Blaine goalie Bailey Ketola stopping 26 of 32.

The Elks (10-3 conference, 13-9 overall) will host Centennial on Saturday, 7 p.m., to close the regular season, xxxx with second place on the line.