The Middleton co-op girls hockey team left no doubt that it is ready for WIAA sectional play on Friday night, taking a 6-1 victory over the Baraboo co-op at Madison Ice Arena.
The Metro Lynx (16-5-4), ranked eighth in the state by WisconsinPrepHockey.net, won the regional title and earned a meeting with last year’s sectional champ, the Beloit Memorial co-op, in a Tuesday game at Madison Ice Arena.
The winner will take on seventh-ranked Sun Prairie or Onalaska in a sectional final on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Sun Prairie.
Taylor Lyons scored the only goal of the first period to give the Metro Lynx (16-5-4) an early lead over the Badger Lightning (4-19-0). Julia Dragoo made it 2-0 early in the second period.
After Baylee Babcock scored for the Badger Lightning, Middleton got two goals from Kenzie Imhoff and one each from Ally Conybear and Siera Peret to pull away.
Sydney McKersie made 15 saves for the Metro Lynx.
Gabby Christensen made 51 stops for Baraboo.
Beloit Memorial 2, Milwaukee Marquette 1
Brady Wright scored a power-play goal late in the second period to help the visiting Purple Knights (14-11-1) beat the third-seeded Hilltoppers (13-12-0) to advance to sectional play.
Beloit Memorial capitalized on a hooking penalty late in the second period, giving Brady Wright a chance to break a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal that stood up the rest of the way.
Marquette scored 11 minutes, 38 seconds into the first period, but Knights forward Casper Clark evened the score less than four minutes later.
Santucci made 24 saves for the Purple Knights.
Southwest Wisconsin Conference
Dodgeville/Mineral Point won the conference meet held at Platteville High School.
Southern Lakes Conference
Jefferson scored 129.15 points to finish second behind the Burlington co-op’s total of 135.225 in the five-team meet at Elkhorn.
Audry Wright won vaulting for the Eagles (9.2), and Taylor Steinhorst won on balance beam (8.85).