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Prep report: McClure’s OT goal lifts Denfeld

Hunters’ senior Simon Davidson’s assist on the game-winning goal marked his 100th career point.

Duluth Denfeld's Simon Davidson handles the puck during the Hunters' win over Sartell-St. Stephen Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. Davidson's assist on the game-winning goal was his 100th career point.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Fifty-six seconds into overtime Friday against Sartell-St. Stephen, Duluth Denfeld’s Connor McClure fired a shot past Sabres goalie Noah Hacker to give the Hunters a 4-3 home win.

The Hunters scored four straight goals to rally after falling behind 3-0 after the first period and giving up two goals in the first 66 seconds of the game.

Senior Simon Davidson got Denfeld on the board 6 minutes into the second period and Braeden Erickson picked up his first career score to cut the lead to 3-2 after two periods.

Duluth Denfeld players celebrate a goal.
Duluth Denfeld players celebrate Braeden Erickson's first career goal during the second period of the Hunters' 4-3 overtime win against Sartell-St. Stephen Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

Whittaker Heart tied the game at the 14:40 mark of the third period to set up McClure’s game-tying goal.

Davidson’s assist on the final score for the Hunters — his third point of the night — gave him 100 points for his career.

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Duluth Denfeld goalie Austin Wick finished with 25 saves and Hacker had 27.

Hibbing/Chisholm 6, North Shore 1

Hibbing/Chisholm’s Keeghan Fink picked up a hat trick by scoring in each period of the Bluejackets’ 6-1 home win over North Shore.

Beau Frider, Drew Kubena and Peyton Taylor all scored for Hibbing/Chisholm in the win.

Ryan Christianson scored the lone goal for the Storm in the second period.

Zach Bentler made 38 saves for North Shore, while Evan Radovich had 11.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Duluth Marshall 68, Mesabi East 63

Duluth Marshall’s Jasper Timm scored 27 points and Brooks Johnson scored 18 in the Hilltoppers’ 68-63 home win Friday.

Only four Duluth Marshall players scored, but each reached double figures. Ben Bergeron finished with 12 points and Mason Boos scored 10.

Mesabi East was led by Cody Fallstrom with 22 points.

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Moose Lake/Willow River 75, Two Harbors 56

Moose Lake/Willow River’s Logan Orvedahl scored 25 points and hit three 3-pointers to lead the Rebels to a 75-56 win at Two Harbors Friday.

MLWR jumped out to a 33-22 lead at halftime and cruised to the 19-point win.

Sam Dewey scored 16 points and Alex Watrin had 10 for the Rebels.

Trent Gomez had 20 points and Kyler Pitkanen scored 14 for the Agates.

Cromwell-Wright 68, Silver Bay 38

Cromwell-Wright got 22 points from Nathan Eliason and clinched the Polar League small school championship with a 68-38 home win over Silver Bay.

Dylan Nyberg finished with 17 for the Cardinals and Ethan Shelton had 16.

Trenton Meeks finished with 14 points for the Mariners.

Esko 78, South Ridge 36

No. 19 ranked Esko earned its sixth straight win on Wednesday with a convincing drubbing of South Ridge at home.

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Three different players reached double figures for Esko (15-2) as Koi Perich led the way with 23 points, followed by Cuinn Berger with 18 and Nick Swanson with 15. Swanson scored all 15 of his points in the opening half.

The Panthers were led by Aaron Bennett and Ethan Nelson with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Proctor 84, Duluth Denfeld 19

Proctor's Payton Rodberg earned her 1,000th career point on the first possession of the game as the Rails rolled in Lake Superior Conference play at home.

Rodberg already had more than 1,000 career kills in volleyball.

Duluth East 44, Esko 36

Three scorers in double figures helped the home-standing Greyhounds knock off the Eskomos: Ashlynne Guenther scored 16, Sydney Zwak 13 and Rachel Hagen 10.

Kyra Johnson scored 17 for Esko to lead all scorers.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BOYS BASKETBALL
North Woods 87, Greenway 50
Deer River 81, Chisholm 62
Hibbing 75, Grand Rapids 49
Cloquet 86, Proctor 67
Eveleth-Gilbert 66, Ely 57
Esko 78, South Ridge 36
Floodwood 73, Carlton 70
Cromwell-Wright 68, Silver Bay 38
Washburn 63, Solon Springs 51
Duluth Marshall 68, Mesabi East 63
Moose Lake/Willow River 75, Two Harbors 56

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Solon Springs 55, Washburn 29
Duluth East 44, Esko 36
Virginia 79, International Falls 42

BOYS HOCKEY
Hibbing/Chisholm 6, North Shore 1
Greenway 5, Crookston 3
Duluth Denfeld 4, Sartell-St. Stephen 3 (OT)
Lake of the Woods 8, Moose Lake Area 0

GIRLS HOCKEY
Duluth 8, Princeton 0
Grand Rapids/Greenway 3, Hibbing/Chisholm 1
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1, Thief River Falls 0

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