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Hermantown blanks Superior

Superior High School's Trevor Dalbec (21) takes down Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk (11) as they scramble for the puck in the second period of the Hawks' 6-0 win Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wessman Arena. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)1 / 8
Superior High School goalie Dayton Podvin (33) stops a shot by Hermantown’s Aaron Pionk (11) in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wessman Arena. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)2 / 8
Hermantown’s Matt Erickson (17) tangles with Superior High School's Alex Hanson (14) as they fight for the puck in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wessman Arena. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)3 / 8
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The Superior High School boys hockey team was blanked for the first time this season with a 6-0 loss to the Hermantown Hawks Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wessman Arena.

The Hawks, who scored twice in each period, improved to 16-3-1 overall and remained undefeated in the Lake Superior Conference at 4-0.

The Spartans fall to 15-5 and 3-2.

Justin Thomas, Aaron Pionk, Brady Baker, Matt Erickson, Joey Pierce and Blake Biondi scored for the Hawks, who are ranked No. 1 among small schools in Minnesota.

Cole Manahan stopped 14 shots for Hermantown and Dayton Podvin had 39 saves for Superior, ranked No. 4 in Wisconsin.

Up next for the Spartans is Wisconsin’s top-ranked Northland Pines (19-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

Superior then wraps up the season with road games at Eau Claire Memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and at Duluth East at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Hermantown 2-2-2—6

Superior 0-0-0—0

First period — 1. Justin Thomas (Sam High); 2. Aaron Pionk (Matt Erickson, Cole Antcliff), 9:10.

Second period — 3. Brady Baker (Blake Biondi), 10:04; 4. Erickson (Pionk), 13:42.

Third period — 5. Joey Pierce (Biondi), 8:00; 6. Biondi (Pierce), 10:49.

Saves — Cole Manahan, H, 10-1-3—14; Dayton Podvin, SHS, 8-12-9—29.

Wisconsinprephockey State Poll

Boys Rankings

1. Northland Pines 19-2-0

2. University School 20-2-0

3. Wausau West 17-3-1

4. Superior 15-5-0

5. SPASH 17-2-2

6. Verona 17-4-2

7. Onalaska/LaCrosse 21-2-0

8. Sun Prairie 18-4-0

9. Neenah/Hort’ville/Menasha 16-3-2

10. Eau Claire North 13-6-1

Honorable Mention: Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Hudson, Madison West, Green Bay Notre Dame.

Girls Rankings

1. Warbirds Alliance 18-2-0

2. Fox Cities 19-4-0

3. Central Wis. 17-6-0

4. Eau Claire Area 16-5-0

5. Western Wis. 14-4-1

6. St. Croix Valley 14-7-2

7. Hudson 10-8-2

8. University School 14-8-0

9. Rock County 12-7-2

10. Hayward 8-9-4

Honorable Mention: Bay Area, Cap City.

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