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Spartans Hope to Continue Rise into Home Playoff Scenario

Chelsie Brown
Updated: January 22, 2019 10:42 PM

"Hudson was the team the last three years that we've been for the last 15-20 years in our section. We got a little taste of what other teams felt and we don't like it," said Superior boys hockey head coach Jason Kalin.

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Sweeping Hudson on the season, has never felt so sweet for the Spartans given the two teams history.

"We've been number two for how long because Hudson has been in front of us," said senior forward Cayden Laurvick.

"I know I've never beat them before other than this year," added junior forward Gunnar Hansen. "Our seventh grade year we took third because we lost to them in the semifinal and my eighth grade year we lost to them and got second. It was a big win for sure."

The battle won was a big confidence booster, but sitting 17 games in Superior has one more section opponent they need to win the war against in order to secure a number one seed. Winning that game would be huge for the Spartans' playoff push since the section final will be hosted inside Wessman Arena.

"The best games we play is definitely in front of a home crowd. It's just- we come out firing got the band, got the studey (student section) and it's just a great atmosphere," said Hansen.

The last time Superior hosted was back in 2015 which happened to be a big year.

"It means a lot to play in front of our fans. The last time we won state we did it here against Hudson in a pretty competitive game," said Kalin.

Another thing still on the Spartans' minds is that they can win the Lake Superior Conference Title; something they haven't done since 2004.

"It's huge because they're such tough teams to play," said Laurvick on playing teams on both sides of the border. "They know how to play the game and we do too. It's just going to get us ready for the Wisconsin teams because were going to play just as hard against Wisconsin as Minnesota [teams].

With history on their side and seven games remaining, the mighty Spartans plan to continue their rise by fighting to get to the ultimate battle.

"The reason I play hockey is to go to state in high school," said Hansen.

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