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WIAA hockey: Fusion advance to sectional final

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.

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.

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.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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