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By Jerry DeMeo, 03/04/19, 9:00AM CST


     The Duluth Denfeld Bantam A, Duluth East Peewee AA and the Duluth Icebreakers 12U teams have all earned a spot in the upcoming Minnesota Hockey State Tournaments held March 15-17, in various sites throughout the state. 
     The Denfeld Bantams had to play 4 games in a double-elimination bracket to gain the right to state. After a second round loss to Rogers, the Hunters had to fight back through the lower bracket, defeating Hermantown 5-2, Virginia 3-0 and Chisago Lakes 8-0  to gain their birth.
     The Peewee Greyhounds took all three games in their bracket, with a 4-2 win over Bemidji, beating Brainerd 6-2 and finishing with a 4-2 win over Moorhead.
     The Icebreakers also took the longer route. After a close first round loss to Roseau 3-2, they outlasted Crookston by a 3-2 score, then set down Alextandria 9-2 before gaining some revenge on Roseau by a score of 4-1.
     Congratulations to these three Region champions and we wish them the best as they seek some state tournament hardware.