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Hilton has career night in 4-0 loss to Broncos

Goaltender Curt Hilton played the game of his life last Friday night, stopping 55 shots as host Two Harbors dropped a 4-0 contest to International Falls, the state's No. 3-ranked Class A team.

The speed and talent of the Broncos never allowed the Agates to build any momentum, though the locals did have a few quality scoring chances early in the game that they just couldn't pull the trigger on.

"They were the best team we've seen this year, no doubt," said Two Harbors coach Steve Wasko. "And Curt's game might be the single greatest performance I've seen in 20 years of coaching high school hockey. It was unbelievable. The kids didn't quit because he was playing so well. I'm proud of him."

Two Harbors was able to move the puck in the first period but the speed of the game caught up with them and they just couldn't get the puck out of the zone for much of the rest of the game. That left Hilton to his own devices.

"He was able to see most of the shots but some of them he made by feel," said Wasko. "We were overmatched. They kept coming at us."

The Agates did manage to get 15 shots on the Bronco net.

"We've got some kids that can play but their whole team can move the puck pretty well," said Wasko. "You hope your kids can learn something about the game of hockey when you play a team like the Falls."

The game was scoreless after one period. I-Falls scored two in each of the remaining periods for the win.

The performance by Hilton harkened back to a game against Forest Lake in a holiday tourney last year when then-senior Tyler Carlson came up with an amazing 62-saves in a 7-0 loss. In one of Wasko's first seasons as coach in 1997, senior netminder Jeff bright had a career night with a 55-save performance in a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Duluth East.

"What can I say? Curt had a fantastic game," said Wasko.

The Agates head to the Hibbing Memorial Building on Thursday to face the Bluejackets in quarterfinal Section 7A action.