CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WEAU) 21-years ago the Chippewa Falls hockey team earned their way to the state tournament with a 2-1 win over Hudson in the sectional finals.
Chippewa Falls headed to state for the first time since 1999
Fast forward to last Saturday's sectional finals and once again a 2-1 win over Hudson has the Cardinals back to state.
Issac Lindstrom (Chippewa Falls Forward):
"It is just a surreal feeling, it felt so good. My dad went to state and he has been talking about that since I was a little kid, so once that buzzer rang it was just amazing."
Bridger Fixmer (Chippewa Falls Goalie):
"Yesterday I woke up and thought to myself, wow I can't believe we are going to go to state. That's cool.It hasn't been done since 1999, it's been a really long time and it is just history."
Head coach Scott Parker was on the bench in 1999 and his players are excited to get their coach a chance for state championship 21-years later.
Isaac Frenette (Chippewa Falls Forward)
"When I saw him after the game it was such a happy moment for me to see him so happy."
Scott Parker (Chippewa Falls Head Coach)
"I always try to make it about the team and I really wondered if it would happen. I have been coaching a long time and this is why you do it. To get young men experience and get them successful. "
After conquering the toughest sectional in the state, the Cardinals are a confident group heading to Madison..
"Just getting past north was a huge accomplishment and then to keep going to Wausau west's rink and then on Saturday, these guys are now looking at each other going we have a shot to do this!"
The Cardinals will take on Verona in the state semifinals on Friday.