Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Eau Claire Memorial has made four straight trips to the WIAA state boys hockey tournament, winning the title last season.
The Old Abes are two wins away from a return trip to Madison. Tuesday night, they'll face Hayward in the sectional semifinals. The Hurricanes are coming off a two overtime win over Chippewa Falls on Saturday. Memorial head coach Mike Schwengler says his team needs to be ready for a Hayward squad that comes in with momentum.
"Hayward is a well coached team, they're really hot lately," says Schwengler. "I think they've won five or six of their last seven. They're going to come hard, they're going to play with intensity and let's be honest, they want to get to the sectional final as bad as anybody else does. So our goal is to minimize what they do and maximize what we do. It doesn't matter who we play, that's the motto and that's how we have to play. Keep the shots to the outside, keep them to a minimum and let our goaltender do the rest. "
Hayward and Memorial skate at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at Hobbs Ice Center.
That is not the only playoff game taking place at Hobbs on Tuesday. Regis/McDonell and Rice lake face off in a sectional semifinal for the second straight season. The Saints won last year's matchup 6-2. The puck drops on this year's tilt at 5:00 p.m.
In other sectional action on Tuesday, Hudson hosts Superior while Somerset faces New Richmond. The winners will meet in the sectional final at Amery on Saturday.
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