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Bruins are lone area team to make hockey semifinals

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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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