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By Jerry DeMeo, 03/18/19, 7:45PM CDT


     Duluth Junior Gold, the Duluth Denfeld Bantam A, the Duluth East Peewee AA and the Duluth Icebreakers 12U teams all earned berths in the 2019 Minnesota Hockey Youth State Tournament that took place this past weekend (March 15-17).
     The Duluth Junior Gold team took 4th place in the Junior Gold B classification, winning their 1st round game against Minnetonka Black, 6-5, before losing to Centennial in the semifinals 3-1 and to Edina Green in the 3rd place game by a close 2-1 score.
     The Denfeld Hunter Bantam A team capped off a successful season, winning the consolation championship in convincing fashion. After a tough 4-2 loss to the eventual champion Warroad team, the Hunters scored big, besting Delano by 7-1 and then defeating Dodge County 7-3 in the final game.
     The Duluth East Peewee AA went 0-2 in their tournament bracket, causing an early exit from the tournament. They were shut out in  their first round game to a tough Minnetonka team 5-0 but showed their mettle, with a strong effort against Stillwater, despite finishing on a the short end of a 4-3 score.
     The Duluth Icebreakers 12U took home the 3rd place trophy, starting with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Andover, then losing to the eventual champion Edina Green 3-1. They came back strong against Moorhead in the finale, winning 5-2.
     All-in-all, it was a good showing by all those who represented Duluth’s amateur hockey program at the state level. We’re very proud of your performance!