The Pine City/Rush City boys hockey team lost 16-3 to host Sauk Rapids-Rice on Feb. 12.
Staying on the road, the team then fell 9-1 to Eveleth-Gilbert on Friday, but the boys were rewarded for not giving up in a battle in Ely where the Dragons beat Ely/Northeast Range 7-6 on Saturday.
Pine City/Rush City finished the regular season fourth in the Two Rivers Conference with a 4-5 conference and 6-18 overall record. Seeded No. 9 in the section, the Dragons will have faced No. 8 seed Proctor in the first round of the Section 5A Championship playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 19. A win will advance them to face No. 1 seed Hermantown at the Hermantown Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The section semifinals will be played at the home of the high seed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Check for section updates on Scoreboard Plus at www.ecmpostreview.com.