Cherry Creek cracks Frozen Four

Golden Eagles, Heritage bounced from state hockey tourney

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Cherry Creek’s consolidated hockey team will be playing in the Frozen Four but has a tough assignment ahead in its semifinal game.

The Bruins (17-3-1) beat Pine Creek, 6-2, and toppled Lewis-Palmer, 5-3, in first- and second-round playoff games, played Feb. 21-22 at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument, where Lewis-Palmer plays its home games.

Creek will face unbeaten and defending state champion Ralston Valley (21-0) in a 6 p.m. semifinal game Feb. 28 at the Denver Coliseum. It will be a chance for the Bruins to avenge a 3-0 loss to Ralston Valley on Jan. 4.

Ryan Worley scored two goals in the win over Lewis-Palmer and had an assist in the victory over Pine Creek, while Jackson Ross scored twice for the Bruins in the first-round triumph over Pine Creek.

Creek used two goalies in the playoff wins with Aaron Jatana making 32 saves against Pine Creek and Quinton Reynolds stopping 21 shots in the victory over Lewis-Palmer.

Mountain Vista, which whipped Resurrection Christian 8-0 in a first-round game, saw its season end with a 3-1 setback to Regis Jesuit in the second round.

The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 19-2 record. Their only other loss came to unbeaten Ralston Valley.

Heritage (11-9) was eliminated with a 3-0 first-round loss to Columbine.