When the Minnesota State High School League announces the makeup of the state’s prep hockey sections for the next two years at next week’s state tournament, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton programs will remain in Class AA for at least another two years.
Over the last six weeks of the high school hockey season, fans watching the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys team saw a rapidly-improving team capable of hanging with the top teams in the area. Sadly, in last Saturday’s Section 7AA semifinals, those ’Jacks couldn’t be found.
For Cloquet’s Jerry Couture, even the coldest youth hockey rink was still better than the Chosin Reservoir.
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team set what is believed to be a school record in Tuesday night’s 9-4 rout of St. Michael-Albertville in the Section 7AA quarterfinals.
Northwoods Credit Union Arena got a special visitor on Friday night — just in time to see the Minnesota Wilderness become just the second team in the 24-team North American Hockey League to clinch a playoff spot.
The Moose Lake Area girls hockey team fell 4-0 in the Section 7A semifinals on Tuesday night to top-seed Proctor-Hermantown.
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team's bid for home ice in the upcoming Section 7AA playoffs took a hit Thursday night in a 3-0 road loss to St.Michael-Albertville.
One thing is for certain: in both boys and girls hockey, Section 7 will have some wide-open tournaments in the coming weeks.
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton sophomore Eric Newman brought up thoughts of “Seinfeld” during Monday night’s 1-1 boys hockey deadlock with Duluth East at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. The goaltender made 31 saves in a dazzling performance that must have had the frustrated Greyhounds screaming “Newman!” with each save.
While the wins may not be there for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team just yet, Coach Lance Horvat is hoping that a strong road effort Tuesday night and some extra help behind the bench will be just the spark his team needs.