Whether your local team made it, or was close to making or whose season ended in the opening round of the playoffs you often enjoy the event for what it is. Simply the best High School hockey tournament, in the world. Some have felt the 4-day event has been romanticized sort of like the Summit Series in Canada. Yet those criticisms usually stop pretty quick as Xcel Energy Center fills up with fans.
White Bear Lake Area vs. Lakeville South vs. Moorhead vs. Thomas Academy , 8 p. Third place, 4 p. Championship, 7 p.
TV: The quarterfinals, championship semifinals and championship games in both classes will be televised live by 45TV. Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center and 3M Arena at Mariucci will open its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day.
Class A Preview North Branch vs. The Vikings are paced by sophomore forward Cody Croal, who has a team-best 25 goals and 23 assists.
Cloud Cathedral is making its ninth state tournament appearance. During section play, the Crusaders outscored the opposition by a to-1 margin.
Cloud Cathedral in scoring with 67 and 62 points, respectively. Balanced scoring highlights their supporting cast.
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Minnesota River vs. Peter, and Tri-City United, Montgomery. It is the debut trip for the Bulldogs. Minnesota River is on a four-game winning streak entering the tournament.
New Ulm vs. The Eagles are making their fifth state tournament appearance riding a five-game winning streak. Junior Gavin Schlugel leads the Eagles with 27 goals and 22 assists.
In the event, the Zephyrs placed fourth. Since its last loss, a setback to defending Class A champion, Orono, on January 22, the Tigers are Senior forward Hogan Williams paces a balanced Delano attack with 34 points.
Hermantown had won the section crown the past nine years. The Raiders are led by senior forward Donte Larson, who has 27 goals and 24 assists. Senior center Blake Meister paces the Bears with 11 goals and 26 assists. Sophomore wing Lleyton Roed has 15 goals and 18 assists.
Senior forward Bryce Brodzinski, a University of Minnesota recruit, has 35 goals and 49 assists. Lakeville South, the Section 1AA champion, is in the state tournament for the fourth time and first since Since a four-game losing streak in early February, the Cougars have reversed that and are on a four-game winning streak.
Senior forward Jack Jensen is a Mr. Hockey Finalist.
The Spuds are on a run since losing to Wayzata on Jan. Senior forward Kyler Kleven has 14 goals and 26 assists. In the tournament, the Hornets won the third-place trophy. Senior forward Liam Malmquist has 23 goals and 29 assists, while senior forward Mason Nevers has 17 goals and 32 assists.
The Greyhounds were the big-school runner-up in to Minnetonka. Senior forward Ryder Donovan, a University of Wisconsin recruit, leads the Greyhounds with 15 goals and 27 assists.
Thomas Academy is making its fourth appearance in the Class AA field since From , the Cadets won five Class A crowns. This is the final season of coaching for co-coaches and brothers, Tom and Greg Vannelli, who have led the Cadets to 11 state tournament appearances in the past 15 seasons.