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Boys' hockey: Wildcats ousted by Superior

River Falls junior Logan Graetz (17) puts home a pass from teammate Max Morrow (21) for the first of his four goals in the Wildcat boys hockey team's 12-2 win over Grantsburg in a Section 1 regional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Wildcat junior Cody Wilson pushes the puck just wide after taking a pass from Taylor Rotsaert in the first period of the Cats' 12-2 win over Grantsburg in a Section 1 regional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Wildcat Centre. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

After clobbering the WSFLG Blizzard, 12-2, in a Section 1 regional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Wildcat Centre, the Wildcat boys hockey team couldn't get past second-seeded Superior and saw its season end with a 6-1 loss to the Spartans in the regional final Thursday, Feb. 15, in Superior.

The Spartans advanced to face third-seeded New Richmond in a sectional semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 20 while the Wildcat season ended with a record of 5-18-1.

New Richmond advanced with an 8-1 victory over Menomonie last Thursday. The other semifinal features top-seed Hudson facing No. 4 Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Hudson. The WIAA sectional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, in Amery.

Last Tuesday at home against tenth-seeded WSFLG (Webster/Siren/Frederic/Luck/Grantsburg), the seventh seeded Wildcats scored six goals in the first period and doubled that total over the final two frames to defeat the Blizzard, 12-2.

Logan Graetz had a hat trick in the first period and Taylor Rotsaert, Cody Wilson and Jake Bergmanis had a goal each to stake River Falls to a 6-0 lead.

Graetz netted his second goal of the game and Bergmanis scored his second to extend the Wildcats' lead to 8-1 after two. Max Morrow, Joe Stoffel, Braedon Harer and Carter Christensen added goals in the third period—Harer's and Christensen's coming shorthanded, to make the final 12-2.

Jack Decheine got the start in goal and stopped all six shots he faced in the opening period before Jack Stoffel made 17 saves over the final two frames.

Two nights later in Superior, the Spartans scored two goals in the first 1 minute, 22 seconds of the game and built a 6-0 lead before Graetz spoiled the shutout bid with just under five minutes remaining. Bergmanis and Morrow picked up the assists.

Jake Miller gave up two goals on three shots before being replaced by Decheine, who went on to stop 32 of the 36 shots he faced.

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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