Rice Lake state hockey

St. Mary's Springs goalie Hayden Rising and Rice Lake's Mason Ewert (16) look at Ewert's goal in the second period of Thursday's Division 2 semifinal in the high school boys state tournament in Madison. St. Mary's Springs won, 7-2.

Top-ranked St. Mary's Springs-Fond du Lac continued its big season with a 7-2 win over Rice Lake Thursday morning at the Division 2 state high school boys hockey tournament in Madison.

St. Mary's Springs took a quick 2-0 lead in the first period and was up 4-0 late in the second period before Rice Lake got on the board on Mason Ewert's goal during a melee in front of St. Mary's Springs goalie Hayden Rising.

The Ledgers (23-3-2) built their lead to 7-1 before Rice Lake's leading scorer Cole Fenske fired a shot past back-up goalie Joey Koleno, who came on for starter Rising midway through the third period.

Rice Lake finishes its season, highlighted by six wins in its final nine games, with an 11-14-1 record.

St. Mary's Springs put 30 shots on two Warrior goalies. Starter Griffin Van Gilder made 18 saves and allowed six goals over the first 39 minutes, and Ian Krance stopped five shots while allowing one goal over 12 minutes in the third period.

Rice Lake was outshot 30-14. St. Mary's Springs goalies Rising and Koleno each allowed one goal.

St. Mary's Springs advances to Saturday morning's championship game at the Alliant Energy Center against Northland Pines, which defeated Somerset 9-2 in Thursday's second Division 2 semifinal.

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