Girls hockey playoffs this week

Bluejackets head to top-seed Elk River Feb. 10 for opener

The march to the Minnesota Girls Hockey State tourney begins this week when sectional playoffs open.

The Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City squad was seeded 8th in Section 7AA, sending them to top-seed Elk River for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday, Feb. 10. A Bluejacket victory would have them traveling to the Feb. 12 semifinals at either No. 4 Proctor-Hermantown or No. 5 Duluth.

In the other half of the 7AA brackets, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton was seeded No. 2 (playing No. 7 St. Francis-North Branch in the quarters) and Grand Rapids-Greenway was seeded No. 3 (hosting No. 6 Forest Lake).

The Bluejackets closed the regular season with two losses. On Feb. 4, visiting North Wright County prevailed 7-1, with Shelby Sylvester netting CIMPC’s lone goal.

Then on Feb. 7, visiting Holy Family Catholic notched a goal 3:44 into overtime to tip the Bluejackets 2-1. Elizabeth Hafner had a shut out going for two periods, and Alex Nelson scored the tying goal in the third period for CIMPC.

M-8 Girls Hockey
FINAL: Buffalo 8-0, 18-7; North Wright Co. 6-2, 18-5-1; Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City 3-4-1, 6-16-2; Rogers 2-5-1, 10-13-1; Princeton 0-8, 4-19.
 Sect. 7AA: Elk River 17-8; Cloquet-E-C 14-9-1; Proctor-H-M 14-9-2; Grand Rapids-Gr 12-9-4; Duluth 8-15-2; St. Francis-NB 8-15-2; CIMPC 6-16-2; Forest Lake 5-17-3.

Jacket boys claim ‘Rusty Skates’
Brennan Osen delivered the winning goal 4:38 into overtime when the Cambridge-Isanti boys defeated host Princeton 3-2 Feb. 5. The win sends the “Rusty Skates” traveling trophy back to CIHS. Ryan Epsen and Josh Klingseisen added two power-play goals for the Jackets, and Billy Winselman made 25 saves. Zack Heuring had 3 assists for C-I.

M-8 Boys Hockey
Rogers 9-0, 14-6-1; Monticello-Ann. 5-2-1, 9-11-1; Cambridge-Isanti 4-3-1, 10-9-3; Buffalo 3-4-2, 3-14-3; Princeton 2-5-1, 5-13-2; St. Michael-Alb. 1-4-2, 10-7-4; Becker-B. Lake 0-6, 3-17.