DULUTH DENFELD (9-4-1) AT PRINCETON (12-1-1)
What: Section 7A boys championship game
When: 5 p.m. Wednesday
Outlook: The eighth-seeded Hunters continued their rise from the ashes with a 5-0 rout of Grand Rapids in the semifinals Monday. Senior forward Xavier Decker struck for two goals and added an assist for Denfeld, which has rebounded from a 1-3-1 finish to the regular season by outscoring playoff opponents 10-0. Senior Keegan Chastey (19 goals, 11 assists, 30 points) is the engine that drives the team. Decker (11-3—14), juniors Simon Davidson (8-3—11) and Joe Eklund (6-4—10) and senior Owen Wilcox (5-5—10) are other quality scoring options. Junior goalkeeper Conrad Lazzaro (1.11 goals-against average) took over after starter Demetri Regas suffered a concussion when kicked in the head against Grand Rapids, and hasn’t allowed a goal in the playoffs. Denfeld, which lost to St. Francis in overtime of the 2019 section final, is seeking a third section title in five seasons and fourth overall. … The second-seeded Tigers have been dominant all season, only losing to Monticello in mid-September and on a 7-0-1 unbeaten run. That includes a semifinal win in a shootout over PACT after the teams played to a 2-2 draw through regulation and two overtimes. No individual statistics were available for the Tigers.
DULUTH MARSHALL (13-1) VS. CLOQUET-CARLTON (12-1-1)
What: Section 7A girls championship game
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Public Schools Stadium
Outlook: The second-seeded Hilltoppers reached the final with a 1-0 semifinal win over St. Francis on Monday night at PSS. Speedy senior forward Baamlak Haugen (11-12—23), a Minnesota Duluth recruit, scored the only goal on an assist by senior midfielder Maren Friday (24-9—33), who is fourth in the state in goal-scoring. Freshman Neysa Scullard-Bender (8-6—14), senior midfielder Lucy Campbell (7-6—13) and senior midfielder and Eastern Michigan commit Emilia McGiffert (5-7—12) add scoring depth. Goalie Katie Pollard (0.13 goals-against average, .941 save percentage) has allowed only one goal all season while splitting time with fellow senior Natalie Welinski (0.73, .867). The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight since a 2-1 loss to Cloquet-Carlton in early September. … The top-seeded Lumberjacks defeated Zimmerman 3-0 in Monday’s semifinals at Proctor and now seek to defend the title they won in overtime against unbeaten Chisago Lakes, a school that bowed out of this year's playoffs due to COVID-19 issues. Sophomore forward Alexa Snesrud (18-7—25), junior forward Katie Turner (9-7—16) and Wisconsin-Superior commit Brenna Mattson (9-5—14) have paced the scoring all season. Senior goalie Gracie Meagher (1.57, .836) has allowed only one playoff goal. The Lumberjacks are seeking a ninth overall section title.