Hibbing/Chisholm and Hermantown boys hockey talk upcoming Section 7A title tilt

Hibbing/Chisholm and Hermantown talk upcoming Section 7A title tilt

Hibbing/Chisholm and Hermantown talk upcoming Section 7A title tilt

The ‘Super Saturday’ slate of four boys hockey section semifinals has come and gone. Now Northlanders are one day away from learning who is heading to the state tournament from Section 7A.

Third seeded Hibbing/Chisholm defeated second seeded Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 4-2 in the semifinals, and advance to face top-seeded Hermantown in the title game.

“We played them last year in the semis. It was a tough test, a great battle. They’re dynamic, they’re an outstanding team. They’ve got the experience on their side,” Hibbing/Chisholm head coach Eric Rewertz said.

“They’re a very fast team, very disciplined. I think we just stick to our systems and keep our feet rolling and capitalize on our opportunities. We’ll be right there with them,” Bluejacket sophomore forward Benny Galli said.

The Bluejackets held strong against a physical Lumberjacks team to earn their way into their first section final since 2016.

However, their championship foe in Hermantown has deep playoff experience. The Hawks downed Proctor 6-3 to secure their 15th straight section final berth. They know to never take any team or situation for granted, but that winning feeling never gets old.

“It’s special. And I think people get tired of it, but the kids don’t. It’s a whole new group of players, that’s what everyone forgets. Bunch of the guys in the locker room have never done this before. You saw that in the first period too, they’re nervous because they’ve never been here. Only a handful of these guys have varsity experience, so this is really exciting for them and they’re owning the moment,” Hermantown head coach Patrick Andrews said.

Hermantown seeks their fifth straight state tournament berth, while Hibbing/Chisholm will fight for their first since 2011.

The Section 7A final is Wednesday with puck drop set for 7 p.m. on WDIO. Pre-game coverage, including full team features, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Then on Thursday the Section 7AA title will be up for grabs. Top-seeded Grand Rapids and second-seeded, defending champions, Andover will battle at AMSOIL Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with pre-game coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. on WDIO.