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Lakeland, Rhinelander advance in boys hockey regionals Submitted: 02/18/2014
MINOCQUA - Every high school hockey player dreams about playing in the state tournament. Tuesday night some area boys teams began their journey - which hopefully ends in Madison. Among the regionals, Lakeland faced Wausau East. Lakeland led 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Jack Dern. In the second period, East tied it on a power play goal by Landon Dehnel.

The game remained tied at 1-1 until late in the third period. With under two minutes to play, Lakeland's Nik Boyer somehow was able to fire a shot despite having several East defenders surrounding him. He scored the game-winner. T-Birds advance with 2-1 victory. Lakeland plays at #1 Wausau West on Thursday. Among other scores from Tuesday night, #11 Rhinelander pulled off an upset. The Hodags nipped Mosinee 1-0. Rhinelander takes on #3 Northland Pines Thursday in Eagle River. Also Pacelli rallied against Merrill with a 7-6 overtime victory. Merrill led 5-2 in the third period. Pacelli is in Antigo Thursday. We have more scores at wjfw.com.


Story By: Joe Dufek

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