No state berth was on the line Tuesday night at Hodgins-Berardo Arena, but Hermantown erased some bad memories of playing Greenway by thrashing the Raiders 8-3 in a nonconference boys hockey game Tuesday night.
Blake Biondi scored two first-period goals for the second-ranked Hawks (10-1-4), including one of the team’s three short-handed tallies.
Aaron Pionk netted two third-period goals for Hermantown, which lost in double overtime to Greenway in last season’s Section 7A title game.
Grand Rapids 4, CEC 2
Four players scored goals as the host Thunderhawks overcame two Christian Galatz goals to down Cloquet-Esko-Carlton.
Duluth Denfeld 5, Proctor 0
Goalie Shawn Easty totaled 20 saves as the Hunters earned their second consecutive shutout in the Lake Superior Conference game at Heritage Center.
Griffin Lehet scored two goals for Denfeld (12-3-1 overall, 2-2 LSC).
Duluth East 3, Prior Lake 3
Charlie Erickson netted two goals as the Greyhounds earned a draw at Heritage Center.
CEC 2, Hibbing-Chisholm 1
Taylor Nelson and Kiana Bender each scored once and assisted on the other’s goal in the Lumberjacks’ nonconference home win.
Proctor-Herm. 5, Cambridge 0
Goalie Abby Pajari stopped all 15 shots and the visiting Mirage blasted 48 shots on goal in the nonconference win.
Proctor 72, Hinckley-Finlayson 63
Connor St. Germaine poured in 41 points, making 16 of 18 free throws and five 3-pointers, to guide the visiting Rails back from a 21-2 deficit to win the nonconference game.
Superior 70, Duluth Denfeld 65
A 14-0 run early in the second half propelled the Spartans to the LSC home win over Denfeld.
Kaden Kimmes’ 23 points led the Spartans, who downed Esko 57-50 on the road Monday night.
The Hunters, who held a trio of six-point leads in the first half, were led by Josh Reinertsen’s 27 points, which included six 3-point baskets. Reinertsen scored 17 of his points in the first half, but was held scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half.
North Woods 90, Fond du Lac 77
T.J. Chiabotti rained in eight 3-pointers and scored 38 points to lead the visiting Grizzlies past the Ogichidaag.
Hermantown 91, St. Francis 65
Peter Soumis and Sam Mesedahl combined for 49 points as the host Hawks cruised to the nonconference win.
Proctor 61, MIB 55
Sam Pogatchnik made a basket to break a tie game with less than two minutes remaining as the Rails pulled out the nonconference road win in a game pitting two state qualifying teams from a year ago.
Proctor (13-1) has won eight straight and hosts Mesabi East (13-1) on Friday night.
Duluth Marshall 89, MLWR 37
Gianna Kneepkens recorded 37 points as the host Hilltoppers routed the Rebels in nonconference action.
Hibbing 54, Cloquet 48
Kourtney Manning scored 24 points and made 12 of 13 free-throw attempts in the visiting Bluejackets’ nonconference victory.