Prep report: Superior secures record 36th trip to boys state hockey tournament
Aaron Miller scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, as Superior secured a record 36th trip to the Wisconsin boys hockey state tournament Saturday with a 3-2 victory over New Richmond in the Sectional 1 championship game at the Amery Ice Arena.
The Spartans (14-12-1) advance to a state quarterfinal game against Verona, a 2-1 winner over Madison West, at noon Thursday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison.
Miller scored his 30th goal of the season 36 seconds into the second period and Caden Tchop made it 2-0 for Superior at the 10:05 mark. New Richmond's Tanner Wisemiller trimmed the deficit to a goal when he scored his 23rd of the season at 14:05.
Miller tallied at 4:39 of the third for goal No. 31 and the most important of the season.
Superior goaltender Paxton Paine stopped 20 shots, while counterpart Adam Dilley made 20 of his 38 saves in the first period.
Barnum 61, Moose Lake-Willow River 57
Brandon Newman collected a game-high 29 points as the Bombers (25-2) edged the Rebels in a Section 7AA quarterfinal Saturday at Minnesota Duluth's Romano Gym.
Barnum, which won the regular-season matchup by 21 points, trailed 30-29 at halftime before rallying.
Eveleth-Gilbert 71, Virginia 66
The Golden Bears(16-11) shook off a seven-point halftime deficit to force overtime and top the Blue Devils (21-6) in their Section 7AA quarterfinal at Romano.
Mark Tikkanen paced Eveleth-Gilbert with 19 points, while Virginia's Jacob Quick led all scorers with 23.
The Golden Bears advance to face Barnum in Tuesday's semifinals at Romano.
Proctor 84, International Falls 65
Travis Carlson had 25 points and teammate Henry Habermann added 19 to lead the Rails (11-15) to the 7AA quarterfinal win at Romano.
Ben Humbert, the Broncos' all-time leading scorer, netted a game-high 20.
Esko 66, Aitkin 40
Kory Deadrick's 28 points keyed the top-seeded Eskomos' 7AA quarterfinal win at Romano.
Defending champion Esko (24-3) advances to play Proctor at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bigfork 47, Chisholm 39
Brady Thomas scored 16 points and the Huskies used a stifling defense to eliminate the Bluestreaks in a 7A quarterfinal at Lincoln Middle School in Hibbing, ending Chisholm coach Bob McDonald's storied 59-year career.
Bigfork (21-5) plays Fond du Lac Ojibwe, a 108-75 winner over Wrenshall, in Wednesday's semifinals. The other semifinal pits top-seeded Ely, a 72-66 winner over North Woods, against South Ridge, which topped Floodwood 55-44.
Jones second at state
Albert Lea freshman Garrett Aldrich dashed the state title hopes of two Northland wrestlers Saturday in the Minnesota state wrestling tourney at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
Aldrich (39-7) topped Hibbing's A.J. Bethea 9-4 in the Class AA semifinals of the 106-pound weight class and then defeated Cole Jones of Grand Rapids 10-8 for the weight class title.
Bethea, an eighth-grader, dropped his wrestleback match to Keaten Schoor (37-8) of Kasson-Mantorville, 10-3, but won his fifth-place bout over Braydon Ortloff (27-17) of Detroit Lakes, 15-9, to finish his season 30-12.
Earlier in the day, Jones (36-5) earned a 15-0 technical fall over Ortloff in his semifinal match.
Grand Rapids sophomore David Brenden finished sixth at 126 to finish the year 34-10.