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Today's prep boys hockey playoff game: Duluth Marshall vs. Hibbing-Chisholm

Today's boys hockey playoff game HIBBING-CHISHOLM (15-11) VS. DULUTH MARSHALL (20-7) What:Section 7A championship When:7:30 p.m. Where:Amsoil Arena Outlook: econd-seeded Hibbing-Chisholm rallied from a 3-0 second-period deficit to score four stra...

Today's boys hockey playoff game

HIBBING-CHISHOLM (15-11) VS. DULUTH MARSHALL (20-7)

What:Section 7A championship

When:7:30 p.m.

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Where:Amsoil Arena

Outlook: econd-seeded Hibbing-Chisholm rallied from a 3-0 second-period deficit to score four straight goals and take the lead, then added two goals in the third period to seal a 6-5 semifinal victory over International Falls on Saturday in Grand Rapids. It was the Bluejackets' third win over the Broncos this season and sent the school to its 10th consecutive appearance in the final. The Bluejackets beat Virginia-Mountain Iron-Buhl a year ago to snap a six-year losing streak in the championship, and went on to finish fourth in the Class A tournament. The program is seeking a 14th overall tournament appearance. Junior Adam Johnson (28 goals, 30 assists, 58 points) has four goals in the playoffs and Joe Anderson (16-28--44) has eight points. Anderson has six power-play goals and Johnson has tallied four times shorthanded this season. Josh Bestul (18-13--31) returns after missing the last game. Goaltender Tyler Carlson has a 3.00 goals-against average and stopped 39 of 45 shots in the playoffs. ... The top-seeded Hilltoppers scored the final three goals in a 5-2 semifinal win over Duluth Denfeld. Senior Judd Peterson (44-35--79), a Mr. Hockey finalist, had two goals to break Jack Connolly's single-season school scoring record. Peterson has 14 power-play and five short-handed goals, giving Marshall a potent special teams. Junior linemate Kris McKinzie (22-21--43) and senior defenseman Jake Bushey (7-27--34) are next in scoring, while Anthony Miller (11-20--31) has four goals in the playoffs. Caden Flaherty (11-2, 2.59 GAA, .894 save percentage) stepped in for Christian Coffman (9-5, 2.13, .921) while the latter recovered from mononucleosis, but Coffman is expected to be ready to play today. Marshall defeated Hibbing 5-2 in late November, extending the Hilltoppers' unbeaten streak to three in the series. Marshall has reached five previous Class A state tournaments, earning runner-up finishes from 2006-08.

Quotes: Johnson's extremely talented; I watched him against International Falls and he is deadly. (In the 5-2 win) we matched lines and Judd played against Johnson's line. We were down 2-zip and came back to score five unanswered goals. But I'm sure they are better since then, and I think we are, too." -- Marshall coach Brendan Flaherty.

"It's been a little more roller coaster this year than last year, but we're getting it together. When we play good, we're pretty good; and when we play bad, we're pretty bad. ... Obviously we didn't follow the game plan the way we'd like (against International Falls) but when you take a three-goal deficit and don't panic, it's the positive aspect we take out of that game." -- Hibbing-Chisholm coach Mark DeCenzo

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