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February 20, 2013

Local hockey teams receive regional tournament draws

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Eisenhower goalkeeper Kenny Stralko steers the puck to the side of the net as teammate Dante Assad skates nearby in a game earlier this season.

As exciting as a chase for a Macomb Area Conference hockey league championship may be, things can get even more interesting once the postseason rolls around.

The postseason provides each team with a fresh start, and that first opportunity will come in the regional tournament.

Here is a breakdown of matchups, locations and scheduled start times for our local teams.

Chippewa Valley is scheduled to face Troy Athens in a Division 1 regional semifinal game at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 25 at Great Lakes Sports City. The winner moves on to face either Sterling Heights Stevenson or Troy in a regional final matchup, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Feb. 27.

Utica Eisenhower receives a first-round bye and will take on the winner of a Division 1 regional semifinal game between Macomb Dakota and Rochester Adams, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Mount Clemens Ice Arena. The regional final game is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

Fraser is scheduled to take on Warren De La Salle in a Division 2 game at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at City Arena. The winner faces Grosse Pointe South, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

L’Anse Creuse is scheduled to face off against L’Anse Creuse North in a Division 2 regional semifinal contest at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Suburban Macomb. The winner of that game moves on to the regional finals to take on the winner of a matchup between Utica and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, which take the ice at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Suburban. The regional final scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

Macomb Lutheran North is scheduled to face Marysville in a Division 3 regional semifinal matchup at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 26 at McMorran Arena. The winner will move on to face St. Clair in a regional final at 7:45 Feb. 28.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.