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St. Croix Valley Fusion freshman Maddie Rowe of River Falls carries the puck out of her own zone in the third period of the Fusion's 3-1 victory over the WSFLG Blizzard Tuesday night at Wildcat Centre. Rowe had two assists in the win.
St. Croix Valley Fusion freshman Maddie Rowe of River Falls carries the puck out of her own zone in the third period of the Fusion's 3-1 victory over the WSFLG Blizzard Tuesday night at Wildcat Centre. Rowe had two assists in the win.

WIAA hockey: Fusion advance to sectional final

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Sally Cranston, Emma VanDell and Heather Shew had a goal apiece and Kalli Armagost made 36 saves to lead the St. Croix Valley Fusion girls' hockey team to a 3-1 victory over the WSFLG Blizzard in a WIAA sectional semifinal game Tuesday night, Feb. 19, in River Falls.

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The victory sends the second-seeded Fusion to the sectional semifinal against top-seed Hayward/Spooner Saturday at 6 p.m. in Hayward. The Hurricanes defeated Chippewa Falls, 4-1, Tuesday night.

The winner of Saturday's game advances to next weekend's WIAA State Tournament in Madison.

Cranston gave St. Croix Valley (River Falls/Baldwin-Woodville/St. Croix Central/Glenwood City) a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the opening period and VanDell made it a 2-0 game just over a minute into the second.

WSFLG (Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg) cut the Fusion lead in half midway through the second period before Shew iced the win with a power play goal at the 7:01 mark of the third.

The Blizzard outshot the Fusion 37-24, including 25-12 in the final two periods.

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