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Prep report: East hockey edges Marshall in OT

Feb. 13—Duluth East boys hockey stopped a four-game slide and entered the postseason on a positive note when Thomas Gunderson scored an overtime winner to defeat Duluth Marshall 3-2 at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center.

The Greyhounds controlled play in the early going, outshooting the Hilltoppers 30-6 over the first two periods, but had only a Gunderson goal late in the first period to show for it through 34 minutes.

East added to that lead on a Sam Halverson goal early in the third, but the Hilltoppers turned the tables and forced overtime on goals from Pacey Adduono and Benson Peterson, with Peterson's goal coming with just 1:34 remaining.

The outcome has the potential to rearrange the middle seedings in the Section 7AA bracket to be released later this week. Entering Tuesday's games, Marshall was fourth and East sixth in the section's Quality Results Formula rankings with Duluth Denfeld in between, meaning two of the three Duluth schools are likely to play each other in the section quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Four unanswered goals for the visiting Hawks was too much for the Thunderhawks to handle in the teams' traditional regular-season finale at Yanmar Arena in Grand Rapids.

Hermantown was outshot 32-25 for the game but scored twice in the second and third periods to pull away, spreading out its offense between four different scorers. Bradford Skytta finished with a goal and assist, while A.J. Francisco posted a pair of assists.

Dane Callaway made 31 saves for the Hawks, the likely No. 1 seed in Section 7A, who go into the postseason 15-8-2. Rapids (14-11) got 21 saves from Carter Casey.

Ian Mikulich scored twice and added a third point as the Wolverines cruised to victory in their regular-season finale at the Hibbing Memorial Arena.

Ryan Rothfork made 31 saves for the Wolverines (19-5-1), who are likely to host one of the three Duluth schools in a Section 7AA quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Tate Swanson scored for Hibbing/Chisholm, which finishes the regular season 17-8.

Koi Perich became the all-time leading scorer in Esko boys basketball history as Esko defeated Cloquet in Esko on Tuesday night, passing current Superior boys basketball coach Kory Deadrick for top honors.

Perich finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the contest, while Sam Haugen scored a team-high 24 and Braedyn Male added 16.

Seth Rothamel scored 24 to lead the Lumberjacks, while Jack Battaglia added 21.

Tre Sanigar put together one of his best games of the season for the Spartans, scoring 29 points as Superior won at home on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Superior's defense raised its game to match, allowing just 18 points in the first half to give the Spartans a double-digit cushion as they headed down the stretch.

The Tigers fell two games behind the host Comets in the Heart O'North Conference, as Cameron outscored Northwestern 13-5 down the stretch.

The 15-1 Comets got 27 points from Tyson Lucas.

Boden Teal scored 16, Bryce Priem 15 and Gavin Williams 13 for the Tigers, now tied for second with Ladysmith in the league standings despite rallying from a 17-5 deficit in the early going.

A 21-point game from Pierce Korpela lifted the Bombers to a home victory on Tuesday night, Feb. 13.

Barnum took a 35-24 lead at the half.

Sam Nylund led Proctor with 17 points.

Adam Neumann scored 22 points and Nolan Nelson as the Rebels pulled out a close one against the Bluestreaks on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Willow River.

Ethan Lauzen was Chisholm's leading scorer with 15, while Lawrence Oberg scored 14.

Chloe Carlson and Paige Evans drilled four 3-pointers apiece as the Rails picked up a victory at home. Both players finished with 18 points, while Lily Smith finished with 11.

Marta Forsline scored 18 for the Giants, who were down 40-24 at halftime.

Cloquet cruised to victory, holding the visiting Greyhounds to just 13 first-half points.

Lelani Fonoti scored a game-high 16 points for the Lumberjacks (15-9), while Ava Carlson added 12 and Quinn Danielson 11.

For East, Lilly Kuettel had a game-high 12.

Three Rebels scored in double figures as MLWR pulled away against a shorthanded Polar Bears squad.

Piper Nielsen and Madeline Volk scored 14 points apiece.

Aussie Arro, an eighth-grader, scored 24 points for Floodwood.

Esko 83, Cloquet 66