NO. 5 DULUTH EAST (10-12-2) AT NO. 4 FOREST LAKE (13-9-3)

What: Section 7AA quarterfinal

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Greyhounds take to the road for a quarterfinal for the first time in memory, symptomatic of the challenging season they faced. East must win the section or it will guarantee the program’s first losing season in 67 years (3-4 in 1952-53). The two-time defending champion Greyhounds posted a 2-5 section record and often struggled to score goals, getting shut out five times. Senior forward Charlie Erickson (12 goals, 13 assists, 25 points) leads the team in scoring and junior forward Zarley Ziemski (14-7—21) is tops in goals. Senior goaltender Konrad Kausch (2.84 goals-against average, .904 save percentage) has played every minute this season. … Despite their winning record, the Rangers enter the playoffs on a three-game slide and have lost five of their last six and been outscored 28-10 in that stretch. They did defeat East 4-1 before the poor finish. Hunter Johnson (11-13—24) and Jordan Oberholtzer (11-11—22) lead the team in scoring while Josie Bothun (2.35, .910) and Casey Sauve (2.80, .883) have split duties in net.

NO. 6 ELK RIVER/ZIMMERMAN (10-15) AT NO. 3 CEC (13-11-1)

What: Section 7AA quarterfinal

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Elks dipped below .500 for the second consecutive season after winning 41 games the previous two years combined. Zach Michaelis (26-22—48) and Austen Humphrey (19-20—39) lead the team in scoring while workhorse goalie Josh Koziol (3.11, .905), who played all but two periods this season, posted three of his four shutouts in the last four games. The teams did not meet in the regular season. … Cloquet-Esko-Carlton stumbled down the stretch, losing four of its last five games and getting blanked twice against section opponents in Duluth East and Grand Rapids. The Lumberjacks had a pair of four-game winning streaks during the regular season. Junior Christian Galatz (31-21—52) is one of the top scorers in the Northland, recording four hat tricks this season. Aaron Moore (10-20—30) and Cole Ketola (13-10—23) are other reliable scorers. Owen Carlson (2.48, .915) and Jacob Walsh (3.03, .905) split time in goal late in the season.

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Rick Weegman