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Alton doubled up Granite City, 4-2. The Redbirds lead the best of three playoff series, 1-0. Game two will be Thursday night.
Tonight in the 2A North Division:
Edwardsville meets Marquette at 8:45 pm. The Tigers lead the Explorers in that best of three series, 1-0.
Elsewhere tonight at 7:15 – in the Class 1A West Division:
Bethalto vs. Jerseyville (Bethalto leads series, 1-0)
With the Redbirds down 2-0 in the first period, Jeremy Sands got Alton on the board on an assist from Jason Steiner. Then Austin Rauscher went to work scoring a natural hat trick – with all three goals assisted by Alex Rubin.