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Superior stands tall in state semifinal win over Lakeland Union

By Jon Nowacki, Superior Telegram, 02/19/21, 7:30AM CST


Spartans’ depth and physicality, and even a little luck, has them advancing to Saturday’s state title game.

Gotelaere had just spent his shift in the Wisconsin Division 2 state semifinals hustling up and down the ice, only for Lakeland Union star Max Toijala to go the other way on a breakaway.

“I thought he scored,” Gotelaere said, “but then the crowd started going nuts. Then it was pretty much adrenaline.”

Alas, Toijala didn’t score, and Gotelaere soon found himself on a rush the other way with teammate Mason Stenberg, who spotted Gotelaere for a goal at 10:16 in the second period that proved to be the game-winner in Superior’s 4-1 Thursday night before about 300 fans at the Spooner Civic Center.

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