The Panthers of Spring Lake Park took it to the visiting Viking boys hockey team last Saturday with a 10-1 victory. North Branch finished the regular season fifth in the Two Rivers Conference with a 2-8 record and 3-22 overall.
The Vikings, seeded No. 10 in the section, will have faced No. 7 Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson in the first round of Section 5A Championship playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 19. A win will advance them to face No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral at the Municipal Athletic Complex 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.