Rice Lake hockey

Rice Lake Warrior senior Riley Strohm carries the puck into the Hayward zone in Saturday's Division 2 sectional championship game. Rice Lake defeated Hayward, 7-2, to advance to the state tournament.

The Rice Lake Warriors, in their first state hockey appearance since 2009, will play St. Mary's Springs Academy of Fond du Lac in a Division 2 semifinal Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

At 11-13-1, the Warriors received the No. 4 state seed, while St. Mary's Springs (22-3-2) is the No. 1 seed and also the top-ranked team in the final state poll for Division 2.

Rice Lake earned the state tournament berth with three playoff wins, including Saturday's 7-2 win over Hayward in the sectional title game in Superior.

In Thursday's other Division 2 semifinal following the Rice Lake game, No. 2 Northland Pines (24-3) takes on No. 3 Somerset (15-11-1). The Division 2 championship game is Saturday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m.

See Wednesday's Rice Lake Chronotype newspaper for complete Rice Lake Warrior hockey coverage, including a state tournament preview.

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