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Prep report: Section Nordic titles on the line

Duluth East and Ely are looking to dominate again as the Section 7 Nordic meet takes place today at Giants Ridge outside Biwabik.

The Greyhounds are defending girls team champions, while senior Gretchen Haggenmiller seeks to repeat in the individual pursuit. Her toughest competition likely will come from East teammate Clara Kramer, Ely’s Zoe Devine and Mesabi East’s Lydia Skelton.

Ely won the 2019 boys title and will vie with the Greyhounds for the crown. Timberwolves junior Jasper Johnston, third a year ago behind two seniors, is favored to win the pair of 5-kilometer freestyle and classic races.

The top two teams and 10 individuals not on the state-qualifying teams will advance to next week’s state meet, also held at Giants Ridge.

BOYS HOCKEY

Duluth East 3, Brainerd 3, OT

Duluth East scored two goals in the final six minutes of the game and scratched out an overtime tie with the Warriors on Wednesday at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth.

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Trailing 3-1, East’s Ryan Cummings scored to make it a one-goal game with 6:09 left, and Cole Christian scored with 37 seconds left to force overtime.

Brainerd’s Haden Kruse opened the scoring and East’s William Weinkauf tied it midway through the first.

Eric Pohlkamp put the Warriors up 2-1 on an assist from Ian Aadland in the first, then Pohlkamp struck again late in the second period, again from Aadland, for a 3-1 advantage.

The Warriors outshot the Greyhounds 43-41.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Duluth Marshall 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 0

Maren Friday and Victoria Thorson each scored two goals in the Hilltoppers’ Section 7A quarterfinal win Tuesday night at Mars Lakeview Arena.

Goaltender Maureen Dwyer made 10 saves for third-seeded Marshall (14-8-2), which takes on second-seeded Proctor-Hermantown in a semifinal Saturday in Proctor. The Mirage won 5-0 in the lone regular-season meeting.

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