Updated: February 14, 2021 10:46 PM
Created: February 14, 2021 05:18 PM
It was announced on Sunday the Superior boys hockey team earned the number two seed in the Division 2 Wisconsin state tournament.
"Winning that section final game, doing it in a style that we did, we're going to be a lot more comfortable moving into this game," said Superior head coach Jason Kalin. "We're at home so to speak, we're at Spooner, but I think we're going to be less nervous and more excited to show what we got. It's an extremely competitive tournament just like it is in Minnesota and we're looking forward to being down there."
This will be Superior's 38th trip to state in program history and their first since 2015. It comes after the Spartans defeated top-seeded Rice Lake 3-2 in overtime on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Division 2 Sectional 1 finals.
"I basically got them together, I said boys in 2005 this is how we won the state championship, we scored in the first shift of the overtime. It's because we had the momentum, we had the pressure, and sure enough that was it [Friday], nine seconds [into overtime, then] celebration," said Kalin. "It was pretty cool for that to happen."
The Spartans will face third seeded Lakeland Thursday at the Spooner Civic Center. Puck drop is set for 7pm. Superior will be billed as the home team but cannot host the match at Wessman Arena due to Covid restrictions.
The championship game is set for Saturday, Feb. 20th at 9:30am in Wisconsin Rapids.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) does plan to offer a livestream for purchase through NFHS Network.
Boys Division 2 Hockey State Semifinal matchups are set! ??— WIAA (@wiaawi) February 14, 2021
Semifinals will be held this Thurs., hosted by the higher seeded teams. Winners will advance to play on Sat., Feb. 20th in Wisconsin Rapids! #wiaahockey
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For the full D2 bracket, click here.
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