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Grant Thielbar scored 12 minutes, 21 seconds into the second overtime on Friday to send the Eau Claire Memorial boys hockey team into today’s WIAA state championship game.

The Old Abes scored a 2-1 victory over the Waukesha North co-op in a semifinal at the Dane County Coliseum.

Thielbar scored on assists from Andrew Roberts and Josh Berg to break a tie, even though the Old Abes (24-2-2) took twice as many shots as North (21-4-3).

Memorial peppered North goaltender Garrett Larsen with 18 shots spanning the two overtime periods.

The loss cost Waukesha North a chance to avenge last year’s loss to Hudson in the state championship game.

Hudson (27-1-1) will meet its Big Rivers Conference rival, Memorial, in the final today at about 2:15 p.m.


Eau Claire North co-op 5, Schofield D.C. Everest co-op 2

Abigail Stow scored four goals and assisted on another as the Stars (25-3) took charge with a two-goal second period and defeated the defending state champion Central Wisconsin Storm (19-9).

Stow, who earned the Miss Hockey award from the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association, has 51 goals and 43 assists this season.

Brooklyn Arbs also scored for the Stars, and Charlotte Akervik had three assists. Trinity Foster and Kassidy Oliva scored for the Storm. Stars goaltender Naomi Stow made 10 saves.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.