SUPERIOR (9-5) AT RICE LAKE (12-6-1)
What: Wisconsin Division 2 Sectional 1 final
When: 7 p.m. today
Outlook: A Division 2 state tournament berth is on the line for the teams, which did not meet during the regular season. The Spartans have been to a record 37 previous state tournaments — all in a single division. They advanced by beating WSFLG 9-0 in the quarterfinals and edging New Richmond 4-3 in the semifinals. After recording just one point during the regular season, Robert Powell leads the Spartans with three goals, two assists and 11 shots on goal during the postseason. Kell Piggott (6-4—10), Tyler Friedrich (2-8—10) and Carson Gotelaere (3-7—10) lead the Spartans in scoring overall. Goaltender Jamin Durfee (2.92 goals-against average, .909 save percentage) has been key, however, with four total shutouts and three in the last five games. … The Warriors reached the final by beating Chequamegon 7-0 and Hayward 3-1. They are seeking a fourth all-time state appearance after qualifying in 1980, 2009 and 2020. Cole Fenske (17-9—26) and Adam Timm (9-15—24) are the team’s leading scorers. Griffin Van Gilder (3.73, .874) has taken the starting goalie reins in the playoffs after splitting time with Ian Krance (3.99, .885) during the regular season.