7AA boys hockey playoffs begin Saturday with pig-tail game
The Section 7AA boys hockey tourney gets underway this weekend, with seeding taking place Wednesday night. Cambridge-Isanti (5-19) will host St. Francis (7-14-4) in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 play-in game on Saturday, Feb. 18 (7:00 p.m.) at the Isanti Arena. The Bluejackets defeated the Saints 5-3 back on Dec. 8.
The winner of that game gets the task of traveling to Duluth East (23-1)– the No. 1 seed again for the section– for the Tuesday, Feb. 21 quarterfinals (7 p.m.). The powerful Greyhounds are the three-time defending champs in the section and have held the No. 1 ranking in Class AA all season.
Andover (15-7-1) and Grand Rapids (19-6) and are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in 7AA. The section semifinals will be Feb. 25 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth (10 a.m. & 12 p.m.), with the championship scheduled for March 1 back in Duluth.
Knights rally on Bluejackets
Bluejacket senior Brennan Osen scored 23 seconds into the Feb. 11 home battle with St. Michael-Albertville, but the Knights fought back to win the Mississippi 8 game. Peter Storlie’s power play goal had C-I leading 2-1 early in the second period, but STMA answered with two goals in that stanza and led 4-2 four minutes into the third period. Osen delivered a power-play goal with four minutes remaining to cut the Knight lead to 4-3.
• In their final Mississippi 8 game of the season, the Bluejackets fell 8-3 to host Buffalo Feb. 14.
Osen stayed hot with two more goals for the C-I boys. Jordan Locken added the team’s last goal which had the game tied 3-3 25 seconds into the third period. But the Bison tallied five unanswered goals to roll to victory.
M-8 Boys Hockey
Rogers 7-0, 17-6-1; St. Michael-Alb. 4-2-1, 14-9-1; Buffalo 4-4, 7-15-1; Monticello-AML 2-5-1, 6-17-2; Cambridge-Isanti 1-7, 5-19.