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SHS girls skate into sectional title game (updated)

A Chippewa Falls player slumps over as she skates past a group of Spartans as they celebrate a second period goal. (Jed Carlson/

The Spartans will play River Falls for a berth in the WIAA State Tournament at 7 p.m. today at the New Richmond Sports Center.

River Falls advanced with a 3-0 win over Hayward, last year’s state champion.

The last time the Spartans were this far in the playoffs was during the 2006 season when they advanced to the state tournament, but lost in the semifinals.

Kail Krivinchuk is one of seven seniors that have never experienced winning a playoff game. During her first three seasons, the Spartans won less than 15 games total and were just 4-16-1 last season.

“Every year has been fun, but this year is indescribable, especially with how far we have come,” Krivinchuk said. “Last year we barely won any games and now we’re one game from state. I couldn’t have imagined this at the beginning of the year. It’s unbelievable what kind of season our team has had.”

Krivinchuk, along with sophomore Devyn Moss, scored twice against Chippewa Falls and Samantha Young, Jordyn Thompson and Amanda Hinaus each scored once.

Moss also notched a hat trick in Superior’s 7-4 win Saturday at Siren.

“Devyn’s on fire, she’s really coming on strong,” SHS coach Ernie Harker said. “With 14 goals in two games, it’s coming together at the right time. You want to play your best at the right time and at the end of the season is when we wanted to jell.

“Everybody’s working hard, it’s fun to watch.”

Justine Stenberg was stellar in goal once again with 27 saves.

“Wow, she’s only been playing for five years and look where she’s at now,” Harker said. “She’s having the time of her life and has been playing great for us. She’s stepped up big time.”

With Superior leading 4-0, Sydney Schneider scored Chippewa Falls’ goal on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:28 left in the second period.

Superior scored the only goal of the first period when Young beat Chippewa Falls goaltender Alexis Hermann with a high shot after taking passes from Tina Lurndal and Jordyn Thompson.

Superior scored three straight goals in the second period for a 4-0 lead.

Thompson scored 41 seconds into the period when her shot hit the right post and bounced over the line

Moss scored the next two goals. Her first goal was unassisted on a breakaway and her second came on a rebound after a shot by Emma Peterson.

On Moss’ second goal, Thompson was slated to take a face off in the offensive zone, but was tossed by referee after the Spartans were slow setting up. Peterson then won the draw and put a shot on goal. Peterson’s shot was stopped, but Moss was there to put home the rebound.

“I just crashed the net,” Moss said. “You always have to crash the net, you never know how big of a rebound there’s going to be.”

Chippewa Falls finished the scoring in the second period with Sydney Schneider’s 5-on-3 power-play goal.

The Spartans answered with three goals in the third period.

Krivinchuk made it 5-1 during a delayed penalty and Hinaus and Krivinchuk scored during 5-on-3 power plays to round out the scoring.

“It’s really exciting,” Krivinchuk said. “I’m usually not that big on getting points, but it’s an incredible feeling. Everybody gets so excited whenever anyone scores. It’s a team effort and everybody is ecstatic when somebody scores.”

The Spartans lost to River Falls (St. Croix Valley) 6-3 on Feb. 8.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re going to have to be ready to play,” Moss said. “It has been great experiencing this. I hope it doesn’t end yet.”

SPARTAN SPIN: After a penalty-less first period, Superior was called for six penalties in the second and third periods and Chippewa Falls had 12 penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct and two unsportsmanlike conduct calls. … Tickets for tonight’s game will be on sale until 12:30 p.m. today in the SHS treasurer’s office.

Chip. Falls-Menomonie........ 0          1           0          —  1

Superior.................................... 1          3           3          —  7

First Period: 1. SHS, Samantha Young (Tina Lurndal, Jordyn Thompson), 13:06.

Second Period: 2. SHS, Thompson, 0:41. 3. SHS, Devyn Moss, 10:32. 4. SHS, Moss (Emma Peterson), 13:07. 5. CF-M, Sydney Schneider (Eden Reeg, Payton Rudiger), 15:32 (5-on-3).

Third Period: 6. SHS, Kali Krivinchuk (Amanda Hinaus, Peterson), 6:08. 7. SHS, Hinaus, 10:26 (5-on-3). 8. SHS, Krivinchuk (Hinaus, Ari Jago), 12;52 (5-on-3).

Saves: Alexis Hermann, CF-M 7-8-8—23. Justine Stenberg, SHS 10-6-11—27.