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Icearium to host hockey high school state semis

Farragut’s Icearium has landed a big-time Tennessee high school ice hockey event.

The state’s six surviving high school teams will participate in the Tennessee High School Hockey Championship semifinals, coming to the Icearium Saturday and Sunday.

Following this weekend’s action, the field will be narrowed to two teams who will participate in the Predators Cup Final March 13 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.

Along with Houston and Collierville high schools from West Tennessee and two Nashville teams, Christian Academy of Knoxville will represent the westside. Knoxville Metro, a compilation of players from several area high schools, rounds out the field.

The round-robin format begins Saturday morning with the first of three games beginning at 9 a.m. Play continues Saturday afternoon with three more games starting “around” 4:15 p.m., according to tournament director Jim Moore.

Sunday’s action starts early with the first of three games facing-off at 7 a.m. Three afternoon games begin “around” 2 p.m., according to Moore.

The top two teams will be determined by a points system: two points for a win, one point for a tie and one point for each of the first two periods you lead in each game.

“Any time you bring an event like this to the Icearium it’s a real big deal for us,” said Bill Shipstad, Icearium general manager. “I think it’ll create a lot of excitement within the hockey community.”


Sean Verlinde’s late first period goal from about 15 feet out wasn’t enough for the Bearden High School hockey team Monday at the Icearium, as Metro earned a state tourney spot with a 2-1 victory.

BHS Goalie Logan Baker made several big saves to keep Monday’s game close.

Ending the 2003-04 season with an 8-5-2 overall record, Bearden was led in scoring this season by Ben Jardet followed by Andrew Nickels and Stephen Holbrook.

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