Competitive Section Final Preps CEC for State & Lumberjack Reunion

Updated: February 17, 2020 10:44 PM

In her fifth season as the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey head coach, this year's trip to the X will be a first for Courtney Olin on the bench. She's played in three state girls hockey tournaments and her entire coaching staff for the Lumberjacks has either played or coached on the state stage. Although the Jacks don't know much about their first round opponent Hutchinson, it will be a Lumberjack reunion for Coach Olin.


"I do know that one of their assistant coaches her name is Montana Hemling now, she's married, she played for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton with me," said Olin. "She was one of my defenseman partners for a while, played at Bemidji State and is now an assistant coach there. It will be fun to see her. I haven't seen her in quite a few years," she added.

Olin went to state as a seventh grader in 2005 where they were state runner-ups, her eighth grade year in 2006, and when she was a junior on the 2009 team that last went to state for the Jacks.

CEC is coming off a competitive section final against Proctor/Hermantown and they plan to use that to their advantage to hopefully make some noise in St Paul.

"I don't think a lot of people expected us to win," said senior defenseman Jenna Zdebski. "They expected us to have a good game, but it proves to the state that we're coming."

"Going down there, every team is going to be good and it's going to be really high competition. Winning that game and getting all the jitters out, I think it's really good for us," senior forward Taylor Nelson explained about the section final.

CEC will face Hutchinson Wednesday at 1 P.M. at the Xcel Energy Center.

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