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VIRGINIA — Hibbing/Chisholm lost 4-0 last week when they faced Rock Ridge at Eveleth Raceway in their regular-season finale, but the Bluejackets’ fortunes changed drastically when the teams met at Rock Ridge’s other home.

Sixth-seeded Hibbing/Chisholm scored the first three goals and held on for a surprise 4-2 win over No. 3 Rock Ridge on Wednesday in a Section 7A men’s hockey quarter-final. at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center.

Beau Frider, Peyton Taylor and Christian Dickson put Hibbing/Chisholm (13-13) in the lead. The Wolverines retired a goal in the last minute of the second period, but Broden Fawcett had an insurance goal in the third period.

The Bluejackets advance to face Duluth Denfeld in a Section 7A semifinal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Amsoil Arena. Rock Ridge ends its inaugural season 14-11-1.

Denfeld earned a 9-2 win over International Falls at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. Cooper McCure and Shane Redenbaugh had a hat trick and two assists. Connor McClure had four assists and Whittaker Heart three.

The Raiders took the lead early, outscoring host Rails 17-9, 15-8 in the first two periods to grab a berth in the Section 7A semi-finals with a win at St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center.

Goals from Carter Cline and Ezra Carlson gave Greenway the lead in the second period. Carson Pavlowich and Kennan Reyelts scored power-play goals for the Rails, but they couldn’t find an equalizer in the final 7 1/2 minutes before Coleman Groshong’s empty net locked it in for Greenway ( 13-11).

The fifth-seeded Raiders will face Hermantown in a Section 7A semi-final on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Amsoil Arena. The proctor finishes 16-9-1.

The Hawks defeated North Shore 13-0 at Hermantown Arena. Dominic Thomas, Max Plante, Sam Swenson and Wyatt Carlson each scored two goals.

Grand Rapids 6, East Duluth 1

Easton Young scored two second-period power-play goals to go with two assists earlier in the game as Grand Rapids progressed from a Division 7AA quarterfinal at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds’ Thomas Gunderson scored first, at 4:50, but the Thunderhawks scored the last six unanswered. Rapids scored all three of their second-period goals on the power play with the help of two major penalties and a minor in the frame.

Garrett Drotts added a goal and two assists for the Thunderhawks (19-6-1), who advance to a 7AA semi-final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena against third-seeded Blaine, who rallied to defeat Coon Rapids 6-4.

On the other side of the table, Kyle Law and Cooper Conway scored two goals each and Cayden Casey had one goal and five assists as top seed Andover eliminated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 7-0. The Huskies will face Forest Lake in Saturday’s game at 5:30 p.m.

Superior 4, Chippewa Falls 3

The Spartans’ Cinderella run through the WIAA Men’s Division 1 Hockey Tournament continued as first-period goals from Carter Pettit and Trevor Anderson propelled the seventh-seeded visitors to victory on the sixth-seeded Cardinals on their home ice.

The Cardinals went within a goal three times, but Carter Kalin and Lucas Williams helped the Spartans (10-16-1) stay on top throughout.

Trevor Soderlund made 21 saves for Superior, which will face Wisconsin’s No. 1 Division 1 team Hudson on Friday in a sectional final in Chippewa Falls.

  • The tournament trail ended for the Spartans women’s hockey team on Wednesday in a 7-5 loss to Hayward in the second round of the sectional tournament.

Esko 79, Crosby-Ironton 56

Sophomore Koi Perich’s 27-point night helped Esko earn a victory over Section 7AA foe Crosby-Ironton on Wednesday at Esko High School. The Eskomos remain the only undefeated team in Section 7AA with an 8-0, 17-3 record on aggregate for the season.

Moose Lake/Willow River 92, Cloquet 80

The Rebels’ Phillip Sheetz had a huge night, making six 3-pointers and scoring 32 points, including the 1,000th of his career. ML-WR led 47-34 at halftime and maintained their lead.

Caleb Hanson scored 31 and Conner Barney 26 for the Lumberjacks.

Kyra Latvala (11) of Solon Springs shoots through the middle of the winter defense during the first half of the first round playoff game at Solon Springs on Wednesday night February 23, 2022.

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Solon Springs 61, Winter 53

It was a big night for Kyra Latvala and her teammates as the Eagles eliminated Winter from the WIAA Division 5 Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday.

Latvala, who scored 26 points, reached 1,000 for his career in the contest.

The seventh-seeded Eagles trailed 24-22 at halftime but pulled away down the stretch. Bailey Monson added 15 points for Solon (15-8), who will travel to No. 2 Hurley for a regional semifinal Friday night. The 15th victory marks a school record for wins in a season.

Hailey Cross led 10th-seeded Winter with 16 points.

PREPARATION DASHBOARD

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Duluth 55, Grand Rapids 47

Mountain Iron-Buhl 100, Cromwell-Wright 58

Moose Lake-Willow River 92, Cloquet 80

Esko 79, Crosby-Ironton 56

Hibbing 82, Virginia 58

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cook County 60, Duluth Denfeld 50

Mountain Iron-Buhl 85, Cromwell-Wright 38

East Duluth 59, Hermantown 48

WIAA Division 5 Regionals

Solon Springs 61, Winter 53

HOCKEY BOYS

Section 7AA Quarter-finals

Grand Rapids 6, East Duluth 1

Andover 7, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0

Section 7A Quarter-finals

Hibbing/Chisholm 4, Rock Ridge 2

Greenway 5, Proctor 3

Duluth Denfeld 9, International Falls 2

Hermantown 13, North Shore 0

WIAA Section Semi-Finals

Superior 4, Chippewa Falls 3

GIRLS HOCKEY

Second round of the WIAA section

Hayward 7, Superior 5

MSHSL State Tournament

Proctor-Hermantown 6, Albert Lea 2

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