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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 basketball team won its second straight Lake Superior Conference championship with a 49-40 win over the Proctor Rails Thursday night in the SHS gym. Thursday's win also avenges the Spartans' only LSC loss of the season, 50-44 at Proctor. "This is a very good feeling," SHS coach Dan Schulz said. "This was a game the girls have been looking forward for a long time. "It's also nice to win the way we did, with a team effort.
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.
Former Grand Rapids Thunderhawk and Minnesota Gopher Alex Goligoski is expected to make his NHL debut tonight when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins. The 22-year-old defenseman was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) last Tuesday and has been a healthy scratch for the last three Penguin games. Goligoski has played 43 games this season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton registering six goals and 11 assists for 17 points and a plus-5 rating. His six goals and five power-play goals led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen.
For the second straight game the Superior High School boys hockey team gave one of the top teams from the state of Minnesota all it could handle. Two nights after knocking off Duluth Marshall 2-1, the Spartans took a 2-1 lead into the third period Monday night against Duluth East only to have the Greyhounds rally for a 3-2 victory before a Wessman Arena crowd of around 1,000. "I'm proud of our effort," SHS coach Jason Kalin said.
A tweak here and there and the Superior High School Spartans look like a new hockey team. Just two days after suffering a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Proctor Rails, the SHS boys hockey team knocked off the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers 3-1 Saturday night before a Wessman Arena crowd of around 1,000. Had the Spartans defeated Proctor, Saturday's win would have clinched the Lake Superior Conference championship for Superior.
EDITOR'S NOTE - This story will be updated on Tuesday. For the second straight game the Superior High School boys hockey team gave one of the best teams from the state of Minnesota all it could handle. Two nights after knocking off Duluth Marshall 2-1, the Spartans took a 2-1 lead into the third period Monday night against Duluth East only to have the Greyhounds rally for a 3-2 victory before a Wessman Arena crowd of around 1,000. Duluth East 0 1 2 -- 3 Superior 1 1 0 -- 2 First Period: 1. SHS, Pat Dalbec 16 (Cory Wilander 2), 11:14. Second Period: 2.
The Superior Bowling Association recently held its qualifying for the Duluth-Superior All-Star and Senior All-Star matches, which will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Stadium Lanes in West Duluth. Fifty-three bowlers bowled 10 games trying to qualify for the All-Stars, while the seniors bowled a six-game qualifier.