Section 1AA has #1 overall seed Lakeville South facing off against # 3 seed Hastings in the section final. Lakeville South beat Rochester Century 5-1 behind 2 goals from Zach Oelrich. Hastings beat Lakeville North 6-4.
Section 2AA has #4 seed Chaska playing Eden Prairie for a trip to the X. Chaska took down #1 overall seed Prior Lake 4-1 with a strong 2nd period. Eden Prairie dismantled Minnetonka 6-1, these teams played once during the regular season with EP winning by a goal in OT, the rematch will be fun.
Section 3AA has #5 seed St. Thomas Academy (who should have been a higher seed) facing off against the #2 seed Burnsville. STA took down # 1 seed Rosemount 3-1 on their home rink. During the regular season Burnsville averaged over 3 goals per game and STA averaged 4 goals per game. Burnsville dispatched Eagan in the semi finals by a score of 5-1.
Section 4AA #1 seed Hill-Murray will face off against the 5 seed Moundsview in the semi-finals. The 2 seed Stillwater will square off against 3 seed White Bear Lake with a trip to the section finals on the line.
Section 5AA has #1 seed Blaine vs. the 2 seed Maple Grove. These teams played twice this year, the most recent was a 2-1 OT win for Blaine. Both teams average over 4 goals per game and each ended the regular season with a 17-8 record, senior Carsen Richels leads Blaine with 27 goals scored during the regular season.
Section 6AA also has the 1 seed (Blake) vs. the 2 seed, Benilde St Margarets. Blake heads into the section finals averaging over 5 goals per game and a 19-6 regular season record and look to pay BSM back for a regular season defeat earlier this season. The winner will advance to the X and represent section 6AA.
Section 7AA has #1 Andover vs the 6 seed Elk River. Andover coasted their way to the finals beating beating Duluth Marshall 9-0 and Forest lake 7-0. Elk River upset Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 5-4 and Grand Rapids 3-1. Elk River is hoping that the 7-2 regular season loss to Andover means nothing now that its playoff time. Will this be the year Andover makes it out of the section?
Section 8AA will have 1 seed Moorhead face off against #3 Roseau in the section championship. These teams played twice during the regular season and they got a victory, this rematch should be a dandy..