MAPLE GROVE — The Rochester Ice Hawks needed a win Sunday night to earn a tie for the top spot in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, and that's exactly what they got.
The Ice Hawks secured a 7-3 victory Sunday over the Maple Grove Energy.
That gives the Ice Hawks a share of the MnJHL title along with the Dells Ducks. According to the MnJHL, though, the Ducks take the tiebreaker over the Ice Hawks. The teams have identical records and split six games during the regular season. But the Ducks outscored the Ice Hawks 20-19 in those six games, and the league is using that differential as the tiebreaker, according to the MnJHL website.
The Ice Hawks ended the regular season with a 35-6-1 record in MnJHL play. They will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MnJHL playoffs. They open postseason play against the Minnesota Owls (6-35-1) this weekend; times and dates of the best-of-three series likely will be announced today.