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The Superior High School Spartans begin their quest for a 13th WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament championship when they play the University School of Milwaukee at 7:15 p.m. today at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The Spartans (17-6) advanced to their 31st state tournament by defeating Baldwin-Woodville 8-1, New Richmond 2-0 and River Falls 6-1. The Wildcats (14-7-2) defeated Homestead 9-3, Brookfield 4-3 and Germantown 3-1 in their playoff journey. Alex Tesensky leads UMS with 19 goals and 34 points. Seven of Tesensky's goals have come on the power play.
Tim Smith and Cole Lundgren are very much alike. And they are also very much different. The two are seniors on this year's Superior High School boys hockey team. They're also captains, they both play defense and both have been playing varsity hockey for the Spartans since they were freshmen. After that, their true colors come out. Lundgren is a defensive defenseman while Smith is the risk taker, a la Bobby Orr, and isn't afraid to rush the puck trying to create some offense. "I think we're a pretty good combination," Smith said.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior women's hockey team completed a sweep of the Finlandia Lions Sunday afternoon at Wessman Arena and, in the process, won the right to host the NCHA O'Brien's Cup Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday. The Yellowjackets (20-4-1, 15-2-1) defeated the Lions 4-0 Saturday and 6-3 on Sunday to finish with 31 points in the NCHA, one ahead of UW-Stevens Point (21-2-2, 14-2-2). Lindsey LeGree led the 'Jackets with three goals and Stacy Anderson added a goal and three assists.
HUDSON -- Jason Kalin has coached the Superior High School boys hockey team for seven years and he has yet to miss coaching in the Wisconsin state boys hockey tournament. The Spartans (17-6) made sure Kalin remained perfect by defeating the River Falls Wildcats 6-1 Saturday afternoon before 900 spectators at the John Gornick Memorial Arena in Hudson. The Sectional 1 champs will face Milwaukee University School in the state quarterfinals Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at Alliant Energy Center at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison. MUS advanced with a 3-1 win over Germantown. "They're all good.
The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey team finds itself in a must-win situation after a 4-2 loss to UW-Eau Claire Friday night in game one of its NCHA quarterfinal series at Wessman Arena. For the Yellowjackets to advance to the NCHA semifinals, they must win tonight's game and the mini-game that would follow. If they don't, their season is all but over. "It's win, we have to win or we're done," said an upset UWS coach Dan Stauber. "We have to play harder, we weren't playing hard.
Poor free-throw shooting and turnovers have hurt the Solon Springs boys basketball team all season. Tuesday night those two things helped lead to the Eagles' season ending early as the Drummond Lumberjacks rallied for a 53-51 win in a WIAA Division 4 regional game in the SSHS gym. "Poor free-throw shooting and turnovers have a chink in our amour all year," SSHS coach Matt Berger said.
The area hockey scene gets hot and heavy this weekend as the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's hockey teams host key series and the Superior High School boys go for their seventh straight state tournament berth. Action begins tonight with the UWS men hosting UW-Eau Claire in the first game of their Peters Cub quarterfinal series. Games today and Saturday begin at 7:05 p.m. The Lady Yellowjackets also host the Finlandia Lions on Saturday and Sunday. If UWS sweeps the Lions, it would clinch the NCHA regular-season title and host the league playoff tournament Feb.
A trio of seniors came up big for the Superior High School boys hockey team Tuesday night in a 2-0 victory over the New Richmond Tigers at Wessman Arena. Defenseman Tim Smith scored a power-play goal in the second period, center Wade Berkseth sealed the victory with 3:02 remaining when he dipsy-doodled around a couple players and scored on a high wrist shot and goaltender Kyle Johnson recorded his sixth shutout of the season with 19 saves. The win moves the Spartans to within one game of a state tournament berth.
Tyler Plunkett got a chance to play a regular shift for the Superior High School boys hockey team, and the sophomore didn't squander his opportunity. Plunkett dished out three assists, including one to his brother, senior Vance, to help the Spartans open the WIAA playoffs with an 8-0 victory over the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks Friday night at Wessman Arena. Vance Plunkett also had an assist for Superior, which will next host New Richmond at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The Tigers defeated Webster 6-1 Friday night. Seniors Andrew Mattson and Wade Berkseth added two goals apiece.
The Superior High School girls hockey team opened the WIAA tournament with an 11-0 win over the Tomahawk Hatchets Thursday night at the Superior Ice Arena. Superior got scoring from seven different players including two goals apiece from Ashley Martin, Ashlee Olson and Britnee Locken and one goal each from Amanda LeBard, Aleeah Baker, Alayna Moe, Emily Eisenmann and Jessica DeVinck. DeVinck's goal is believed by SHS coaches to be the senior's first career goal.