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PREP HOCKEY: Baraboo/Portage, Reedsburg co-op, Sauk Prairie co-op opening playoffs at home

PREP HOCKEY: Baraboo/Portage, Reedsburg co-op, Sauk Prairie co-op opening playoffs at home

Luna Larson

Baraboo/Portage defenseman Luna Larson carries the puck up ice during a Jan. 16 Badger North Conference game against DeForest at The Ice Pond in Waunakee.

All three Sauk County prep boys hockey teams will open the 2020 postseason at home.

The Sauk Prairie co-op earned a No. 4 seed and will host No. 13 Madison La Follette East in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game Feb. 18 at the Sauk Prairie Ice Arena. The winner will face No. 5 Madison West or No. 12 DeForest co-op in the regional final. The Eagles suffered an 8-1 loss to the Onalaska co-op in the 2019 sectional semifinals.

The 2019-20 Eagles are 17-3-1, including 6-3-0 in Badger North Conference play, heading into their final three regular-season games. Sauk Prairie will close out the regular season at home, hosting DeForest on Tuesday, Stoughton on Thursday and Middleton on Saturday.

Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells/Mauston is seeded seventh and will open with a Feb. 18 regional semifinal against No. 10 Monroe co-op. The winner will advance to take on No. 2 Madison Edgewood.

The Cheavers (10-12-1, 4-5-0 Badger North) are on a three-game winning streak entering Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Waunakee. RWD is outscoring opponents 16-3 during the winning streak. The Cheavers reached the sectional finals last year, a run that ended with a 6-0 loss to the Onalaska co-op.

No. 8 Baraboo/Portage (11-11-1, 3-5-1) will host No. 9 Madison Memorial at Pierce Park on Feb. 18. Top-seeded Verona awaits the winner in the regional finals.

Baraboo/Portage is in fifth place in the Badger North going into Tuesday’s game at Beaver Dam.

Last year, the Thunderbirds earned a 7-0 first-round win over the Viroqua co-op before suffering a 2-1 loss to RWD in the regional finals.

The final first-round game in the sectional is between No. 6 Middleton and No. 11 Tomah/Sparta, while No. 3 Sun Prairie will take on the winner.

The University School of Milwaukee won the state title last year, notching a 6-2 win over the Neenah co-op. The boys hockey tournament has split into two divisions this season.

Girls hockey

The seventh-seeded Baraboo co-op girls hockey team will visit the second-seeded Sun Prairie co-op in a Feb. 20 regional final.

The teams met twice during the regular season, with Sun Prairie notching a 9-2 home win on Jan. 23 and a 7-1 road win on Dec. 19. The winner of the third matchup will take on the third-seeded Onalaska co-op or sixth-seeded Stoughton co-op in a Feb. 25 sectional semifinal.

The Lightning (4-15, 2-8 Badger Conference) will wrap up the regular season by hosting Beaver Dam on Tuesday and visiting the Lakeshore Lightning on Friday.

The Baraboo co-op was eliminated in the first round last season, suffering a 6-0 loss to the Beloit Memorial co-op. The Sun Prairie co-op reached the state semifinals last year, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Appleton Xavier co-op, the eventual champions.

The Middleton co-op is the No. 1 seed in Baraboo’s sectional and will await the winner of the Black River Falls co-op and Viroqua co-op.

Follow Brock Fritz on Twitter @BrockFritz.

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