Category: 8AA

Class AA recap, 2 top seeds are gone, Elk River surprises, should STA have been a higher seed?

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..

MN Boys High School Hockey Section 8AA Preview

The #1 seed Moorhead, is probably the favorite to come out of this section.  They have an overall record of 18-5-1 with wins against Wayzata, Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie, Benilde and class A favorite Saint Cloud Cathedral, they should be well tested for the playoffs.  Leading goal scorer is Caden Triggs with 30 goals, and in net is Hudson Hodges, one of the best goalies in the state with a .927 save %.

 

#2 seed is Saint Michael Albertville with an overall record of 12-10-3, they tied Hill-Murray, Moorhead and Edina and have wins against Minnetonka, Wayzata & St. Cloud.  The leading scorer is Adam Flammang with 32 goals, in net is Aaron Loch with 12 Wins.

 

#3 seed Roseau with an overall record of 16-8-1, they have wins against Grand Rapids, Moorhead, Rogers and Warroad, their leading scorer is Max Strand with 20 goals and 44 points.  In net is Andrew Tuttle with 14 Wins.

 

#4 seed is St. Cloud, they enter section play @ 15-9-1 with wins against Alexandria, Sartell, Brainerd, Farmington and Roseau and are averaging just over 4 goals per game.  The leading scorer is August Falloon with 24 goals and  in net is Spencer Bertram with 12 wins and a .893 save percentage%.

 

#5 seed is Rogers, they ended the regular season with a record of 12-11-2 and have wins against Minneapolis, Breck, Thief River Falls, Totino-Grace and St. Cloud.  The leading scorer is Tanner Weis with 14 goals and in goal is Patric Loeffler with 10 wins and a .895%.

 

#6 seed is Brainderd, #7 seed is Buffalo, #8 is Bemidji.

 

FTP Prediction-

In a tough one to call, we are predicting a section finals game between Moorhead and Roseau with Moorhead moving on to the X.

Don’t like our takes, go out and prove us wrong!