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Prep report: Duluth East boys hockey holds off Rock Ridge

The Duluth Marshall girls got a win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton with two third-period goals.

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Duluth East's Cole Christian, 5, works to keep the puck away from Rock Ridge's Dylan Hedley during the Greyhounds 5-3 win Tuesday in Eveleth. Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

EVELETH — Duluth East’s Lars Berg and Aiden Spenningsby scored 9 seconds apart in the second period and the Greyhounds held off a third-period comeback by Rock Ridge to secure a 5-3 victory Tuesday at the Eveleth Hippodrome.

The second-period goals gave Duluth East a 4-0 lead heading into the third, but the Wolverines got two third-period goals from Brant Tiedemann and another from Isaac Flatley to cut the lead to 4-3 with just over 7 minutes to play.

Berg ended the rally with a late goal to secure the win.

“They took it to us the first two periods,” Rock Ridge coach Ben Johnson said. “We finished the game strong, it just didn’t end in our favor.”

Duluth East coach Steve Pitoscia said the Greyhounds are still learning his system, but was pleased with the way his team responded to the late charge by Rock Ridge.

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“I think we came out with a pretty good plan of attack — we did a good job of being the first to touch pucks,” Pitoscia said. “We’ve got a young team with not a lot of experience playing varsity hockey and the third period was another example of that. We’re learning how to win and close out games and it doesn’t look as pretty early on in the box score, but we did a lot of good things and we settled down after they started to rally.”

GIRLS HOCKEY

Duluth Marshall 2, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1

Duluth Marshall’s Anna Koski and Danica Mark both scored third-period goals to lift the Hilltoppers to a 2-1 win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Tuesday in Cloquet.

The teams were scoreless until Koski found the back of the net 6 minutes, 19 seconds into the third period. Mark added to the Marshall lead 5 minutes later.

Tenley Stewart got the Lumberjacks on the board 41 seconds after Mark struck, but CEC never found the equalizer.

Chloe Clark made 16 saves for Marshall and Araya Kiminski had 19 for the Lumberjacks.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hermantown 63, Duluth East 60

Hermantown’s Abe Soumis hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to give the Hawks a narrow edge over Duluth East Tuesday.

The Greyhounds had an opportunity to tie the game, but Michael Lau blocked the attempt to ensure the Hermantown win.

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Soumis hit four from long range in the game and finished with 20 points for the Hawks. Hermantown’s Blake Schmitz led all scorers with 21.

Luke Lieberz finished with 13 points to lead the Greyhounds.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Duluth Marshall 82, Moose Lake-Willow River 42

Duluth Marshall eighth-grader Anna Saari scored a career-high 30 points in the Hilltoppers' 82-42 win over Moose Lake-Willow River Tuesday in Willow River.

Saari hit four 3-pointers in the blowout win.

Duluth Marshall scored 42 first-half points and the Hilltoppers buried 12 from long range in the game.

Joining Saari in double figures were Regan Juenemann with 18 and Laila Monroe with 13.

Maci Kukuk scored 13 to lead Moose Lake-Willow River.

PREP SCOREBOARD

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Duluth Marshall 69, Virginia 53

Wrenshall 67, Floodwood 55

Hermantown 63, Duluth East 60

Northwestern 58, Spooner 52

Hibbing 72, Duluth Denfeld 65

Solon Springs 70, Butternut 36

Cherry 85, South Ridge 41

Cromwell-Wright 41, Carlton 33

Deer River 76, Barnum 62

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Duluth Marshall 82, Moose Lake/Willow River 42

Cloquet 68, Proctor 61

Superior 70, Duluth Denfeld 21

South Ridge 94, Hill City/Northland 38

Northwestern 66, Spooner 25

North Woods 70, Carlton 20

Duluth East 66, Hermantown 52

BOYS HOCKEY

Superior 1, Hayward 0

Hermantown 6, Duluth Denfeld 1

GIRLS HOCKEY

Duluth Marshall 2, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1

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