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Spartan blank Amery in playoff opener

The Superior High School boys hockey team began defense of its WIAA state championship with an 8-0 victory over the Amery Warriors Tuesday night at the Superior Ice Arena.

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Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com Superior’s Brock Gilbertson (9) and Trevor Dalbec (21) hug Tucker Stamper (16) after Stamper’s second period goal versus Amery at SAHA in Superior on Tuesday night.

The Superior High School boys hockey team began defense of its WIAA state championship with an 8-0 victory over the Amery Warriors Tuesday night at the Superior Ice Arena.

Up next for the Spartans (4-20-1) are the No. 3 Somerset Spartans at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Somerset Youth Civic Center.

While the Superior locker room was pretty boisterous after the game, there was a bit of concern swirling around about the status of defenseman Braden LaPorte.

The junior captain suffered an off-ice injury during pregame warm-ups and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

“He took a hard spill and then had to go by ambulance to the hospital,” SHS coach Jason Kalin said. “It was pretty scary there for a while, but all the guys reacted well.”

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LaPorte fell and hit his head during the team’s pre-game run outside the arena.

“It was not just a slip and a fall, it was more serious than that. But he’s home resting, he got cleared from the doctor and we’re just happy he’s OK. If we get him back (for the rest of the playoffs), excellent, but if we don’t we’re just concerned about him.”

Helping the Spartans pick up the void left by LaPorte were his defensive partner Tanner Sterling, who scored two goals, and his replacement, Luke Drougas, who dished out a pair of assists.

“We came out a little nervous after what happened before the game,” Sterling said. “I had to play with a new partner in Drougas, but he played well and had a good game.

“We’re just going to have to keep it up. Somerset will be a lot tougher game, and we have to be ready to play.”

The Spartans also got two goals and an assist from Shane Tetzlaff; and one goal apiece from Max Plunkett, Tucker Stamper, Mitch Anderson and Christian Pettit.

Tetzlaff’s second goal came on Superior’s 100th shot with 6.2 seconds remaining.

The Spartans also got assists from Caden Tchop, Beau Reder, Preston Michaud and Trevor Dalbec.

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Superior goaltender Caden Welch picked up his first shutout of the season, with four saves.

Adam Doroff stopped 18 shots in each period for 54 saves for Amery, which finishes its season with a record of 0-24-1.

“It was a good way to start the playoffs” Kalin said. “I’m proud of the guys and their effort. We just needed to put some numbers up on the board, get the win and hopefully continue the trend.”

The win gives Superior a 4-20-1 record and snaps a six-game losing skid.

“It feels good, it’s been a while,” Kalin said. “We’ve struggled this season and we’re going to be facing a really good team with a good goaltender in Somerset.

“We just have to go down there, continue to play well and hope a couple of bounces go our way.”

The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to Tuesday’s sectional semifinal game against the winner of  Baldwin-Woodville and New Richmond.

The sectional final is scheduled for Feb. 27 at New Richmond.

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SPARTAN SPIN: Superior is now 3-0 all-time vs. Amery, including a 4-2 win in the opening round of the 2006-07 playoffs. … … Superior is also 2-0 all-time against Somerset, including a 3-2 win in the 2010-11 playoffs. … SHS was forced to play at the Superior Ice Arena for the first time because of the UW-Superior and St. Thomas women’s hockey game at Wessman Arena.

NOTE: Results from Thursday night’s game at Somerset will be posted at www.superiortelegram.com .

 

Amery........................................ 0          0           0          -   0

Superior.................................... 2          3           3          -   8

First Period - 1. Max Plunkett 7 (Shane Tetzlaff 9, Caden Tchop 4), 4:02. 2. Tanner Sterling 2 (Beau Reder 4), 14:09.

Second Period - 3. Tetzlaff 4 (Mitch Anderson 6, Preston Michaud 4), 3:26. 4. Tucker Stamper 2 (Trevor Dalbec 7), 5:52. 5. Mitch Anderson 3, 7:59.

Third Period - 6. Sterling 3 (Luke Drougas 50, 4:19. 7. Christian Pettit 3 (Drougas 6), 7:57. 8. Tetzlaff 5, 16:54.

Saves - Adam Doroff, Amery 18-18-18-54. Caden Welch, SHS, 1-1-2-4.

 

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