It would be easy to lump Blaine’s lopsided 7-1 loss at Anacortes on March 23 in with the 0-5 slide the Borderite boys have started the season with. However, assistant coach Aaron Tuski noted tangible growth in their game.
“We can see improvement every game,” he pointed out, “Caspar (Harezlak) had a great game in goal.” Harezlak was once again assaulted with a barrage of shots on goal but kept Blaine competitive by making 15 saves.
Head coach Mike Couto tweeked his lineup, moving midfielder Al Bohnson to forward. The move paid immediate dividends for the Borderites. Down 4-0, early in the second half, Bohnson used his superior size and strength, barging through the Seahawk defense to post Blaine’s first goal of the season.
On March 27, Blaine hosted Meridian at the Pipes and again let their opponent get out to a big first half lead, then playing stronger second half defense, before falling 6-0. Blaine then hosted Burlington-Edison, losing 7-0 on March 29, in a game that once again wasn’t indicative of the score. Behind 2-0 late in the first half, a defensive breakdown in the Blaine zone allowed the Tiger’s Nathan Hoddock to record a goal with only 15 seconds left in the period. The game had been strongly contested with much of it being played on Burlington-Edison’s side of the field. Early in the second period, a questionable uncalled offside allowed a quick goal for the Tigers that seemed to take the steam out of a Borderite rally. Harezlak got nine saves in the game and now has 49 for the season.