C-I Boys Hockey hits road for playoff opener
Bluejackets get No. 1 seed Duluth East in Feb. 22 quarterfinals
For the second straight year, Cambridge-Isanti drew Duluth East for the opening round of the Section 7AA Boys Hockey playoffs. The Bluejackets (11-11-3) are seeded No.8 and the Greyhounds (18-5) are seeded No. 1 in the section. Their quarterfinal game will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the new Amsoil Arena in Duluth (next to the DECC).
The Bluejackets are looking to mount a better challenge to 8th-ranked East after their only meeting this year was a 16-0 loss to the ‘Hounds back on Dec. 9. In last season’s playoff game, the Greyhounds advanced with a 6-1 victory.
The winner of Tuesday night’s game will take on the winner of No. 4 Elk River (10-13-1) and No. 5 Forest Lake (9-11-4) in the Saturday, Feb. 26 semifinals game (12 p.m.) back at Amsoil Arena.
Filling the other half of the brackets are No. 2 Grand Rapids (21-3-1) vs. No. 7 St. Francis (7-16-1), and No. 3 Cloquet (16-8) vs. No. 6 Andover (8-15).
The Section 7AA championship will be hosted Thursday, March 3 (7:30 p.m.) at Amsoil Arena.
Bluejackets 5, Buffalo 3
The Cambridge-Isanti boys closed the season with a 5-5-1 record in the Mississippi 8 Conference with a home victory over the Bison Feb. 15. Josh Klingseisen scored twice in the first period, and Brandon Ziebarth added two goals for the Bluejackets. Brennan Osen knocked home the other C-I goal. Both Ryan Epsen and Sam Renier had 2 assists in the victory, and Jared Knutson made 32 saves against the Bison.
Rogers defended its Mississippi 8 championship with a 3-1 win over Monticello-Annandale on Feb. 12.
M-8 Boys Hockey
Rogers 10-0, 15-8-1; Monticello-Ann. 7-3-1, 11-12-1; Cambridge-Isanti 5-5-1, 11-11-3; Princeton 4-5-2, 7-15-2; Buffalo 3-6-2, 3-18-3; St. Michael-Alb. 2-6-2, 10-10-4; Becker-B. Lake 0-6, 3-19.
• 7AA Championship: Elk River Girls 4, Grand Rapids-Greenway 1
Junior Jonna Curtis scored all 4 goals for the top-seed Elks when they defeated the Thunderwolves in the Feb. 16 7AA championship game in Forest Lake. The Elks make their fifth overall appearance in the State Girls Hockey Tourney which will run Feb. 23-26 at the Xcel Center and Ridder Arena.