Duluth Marshall (13-12) plays host to Eveleth-Gilbert in a Section 7A quarterfinal game Thursday at Mars Lakeview Arena.
Section 7A Playoffs
Greenway-Ely winner at No. 1 Duluth Denfeld, 7:30 p.m. Duluth Heritage Sports Center
No. 5 International Falls at No. 4 Virginia-Mt. Iron-Buhl, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Eveleth-Gilbert at No. 2 Duluth Marshall, 7:30 p.m. Mars Lakeview Arena
No. 6 North Shore at No. 3 Hibbing-Chisholm, 7:30 p.m.
At Grand Rapids and Hibbing
Wednesday, Feb. 27 Championship
7:30 p.m. Amsoil Arena
What to Expect in 7A: Is this top-seeded Denfeld’s year to finally win 7A and return to state? Look for a Denfeld-Duluth Marshall final, and picking a winner will be more difficult than getting Jello to stick to a tree. Duluth Marshall will be the premiere high school program in northeastern Minnesota starting in 2013-14, and will the young Hilltoppers begin their run this year? Denfeld is the sentimental favorite. It’s a pick-’em final in 7A. A one-goal final, to be sure.
. . .Team scoring leader Jack Forbort had a goal and two assists and Dylan Parker had 17 saves as third-ranked Duluth East defeated Tartan 3-0 Saturday afternoon in a high school boy’s hockey game at Tartan Arena in Oakdale, Minn. Meirs Moore and Alex Toscano each added a goal for the Greyhounds, who were 2-for-3 on the power-play and outshot their opponents 39-17.
Duluth East (21-4) meets St. Michael-Albertville in a Section 7AA quarterfinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
Section 7AA Playoffs
St. Michael-Albertville at No. 1 Duluth East, 7 p.m. Heritage Center
No. 5 Forest Lake at No. 4 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, 7 p.m.
No. 7 St. Francis at No. 2 Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Andover at No. 3 Elk River, 7 p.m.
Noon and 2 p.m., Amsoil Arena
Thursday, Feb. 28 Championship
7:30 p.m., Amsoil Arena
What to Expect in 7AA: Top seed Duluth East has a cakewalk into the finals, and should easily dispatch of St. Michael-Albertville, who they clubbed 6-1 late in the regular season, in a quarterfinal mismatch. Expect Cloquet to edge Forest Lake, but to be embarrassed by Duluth East in the semifinals. The smurf-sized Lumberjacks lack the talent, depth and mental and physical toughness to play with the third-ranked Greyhounds. Look for a Duluth East-Grand Rapids final, with the Greyhounds winning a fifth straight 7AA championship with an impressive third-period rally. East wins 2-1.