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CEC Advances To Semifinals

February 21st, 2019

Tyler Peterson-NSO

Tuesday night, the 3rd seeded Cloquet Lumberjacks hosted the 6th seeded Grand Rapids Thunderhawks. The two teams split in the regular season, but the Lumberjacks would win the rubber match, 4-1 to advance to the Section 7AA semifinals.

The Lumberjacks got out to a quick 2-0 lead after goals from Landon Langenbrunner and Derian Derand in the first period.

They’d increase that lead with another Langenbrunner goal in the second period, pushing the lead to 3-0. The Lumberjacks maintained the shutout until the third period when Grand Rapids Maccrea Murphy scored a power play goal to make it 3-1.

CEC’s Gavin Gasmussen would give the Lumberjacks some extra cushion late in the third period, making it a final score of 4-1

Owen Carlson had an outstanding game in net for the Lumberjacks, blocking 32 shots in the win. Carter Clafton stopped 26 shots for Grand Rapids.

The Lumberjacks now move on to face the 2nd seeded Duluth East Greyhounds on February 23rd at Amsoil Arena. The Greyhounds won their two regular season matchups by scores of 2-1 and 2-0.

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