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Bruins are lone area team to make hockey semifinals


Cherry Creek, the 2015 state champions, has advanced to this season's state hockey Frozen Four.

The top four seeds in the playoff bracket will play in the semifinals March 3 at the University of Denver's Magness Arena.

The third-seeded Bruins will face No. 2 Monarch at 7:30 p.m., while No.4 Resurrection Christian meets top-seeded and defending state champion Regis Jesuit at 5 p.m.

Winners will play for the state championship on March 6 at DU.

Cherry Creek is 0-1-1 against Monarch this season, losing 5-1 on Jan. 21 and tying the Coyotes 2-2 on Feb. 8.

Danny Taggert scored two goals to pace Creek to a 4-0 win over Battle Mountain in a Feb. 24 second-round game as Ryan Bevan made 15 saves in the shutout. Joe Caputo and Diego Lovato scored third-period goals in Creek's 3-1 quarterfinal win over Steamboat Springs on Feb. 25.

Valor Christian dropped a 3-1 quarterfinal decision to Resurrection Christian after Niklas Ertle and Luke Lonneman each scored twice in a 4-2 second round victory over Crested Butte.

Mountain Vista also was eliminated in the quarterfinals as Monarch recorded a 4-2 win. Derek Nead scored both goals for the Golden Eagles. In the second round, Nead tallied in overtime to lift Vista to a 6-5 win over Castle View.

JP Perez scored twice for the Sabercats in the setback to Vista while Hunter Meissner had a hat trick and assist in Castle View's opening-round 9-2 victory over Summit.

Matthew More and Nathan Compton scored in the third period to push Heritage to a 2-1 first-round win over Denver East but the Eagles lost 6-2 to Resurrection Christian in the second round. Compton scored one of the Eagles' two goals against the Cougars.


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