2020 MN Boys High School Hockey Tournament Recaps

2020 MN Boys High School Hockey Tournament

Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 Minnesota Boys High School Hockey State Tournament.

Check out 2020 MN Boys HS Hockey Tournament Highlights.

Check back here for updated scores, analysis, highlights and more. Each night, we’ll update this post with the latest brackets. With the section playoffs all wrapped up, every team in the tournament field has been set.

The preview below was a guest contribution from FTP West Metro Guest Writer

2020 AA State Tourney Preview

Here is the bracket for the AA tournament. Quarterfinals start this Thursday, with Semifinals Friday night and Championship game Saturday.

#1 Andover Huskies (24-3-1): Andover qualified for its first state tournament appearance this year while also earning the one seed. Andover is led by the states most dynamic defensive pairing in Mr. Hockey finalist and UMD commit #5 Wyatt Kaiser and senior #4 Mitchell Wolfe. Andover went 4-1 against the field splitting games with Blake (W 6-3 & L 2-3) in the first two games of the year, beating Maple Grove twice (4-0 both times), and beating Moorhead 4-1. Andover is coached by retired Air Force One pilot Mark Manney who played high school hockey at Moorhead and youth hockey in Bemidji.

Players to watch: 

Senior D #4 Mitchell Wolfe

Senior D #5 Wyatt Kaiser (Mr. Hockey finalist & UMD commit)

Senior F #7 Luke Kron

Senior F #11 Hunter Jones

Junior F #17 Garrett Schifsky

 

#2 Blake Bears (22-6): Blake qualified for its first AA tournament appearance and 6th overall appearance with the previous five being in the A tournament. Blake is led by arguably the best line in state consisting of #20 Joe Miller – #9 Jack Sabre – #8 Gavin Best. Blake went 3-3 against the field splitting their two games with Andover, beating St. Thomas 3-2, losing to Hill-Murray 7-1, beating Eden Prairie 5-4 and losing to Maple Grove 5-4 in the last game of the regular season. Blake is coached by Rob McClanahan of the 1980 United States Olympic Team.

Players to watch:

Senior D #4 Ben Dexheimer (Miami-Ohio commit)

Senior F #8 Gavin Best 

Senior F #9 Jack Sabre

Senior D #19 Will Svenddal

Junior F #20 Joe Miller (Gopher commit)

 

#3 Eden Prairie Eagles (22-5-1): Eden Prairie qualified for its twelfth tournament appearance. Eden Prairie is one of the two teams making appearances that have won a State Title (2009 & 2011). Last year, Eden Prairie fell to Edina in the State Championship. Eden Prairie is led by Mr. Hockey finalist Ben Steeves (out of state transfer), Jackson Blake (Shattuck St. Mary’s transfer), and Casey Mittelstadt’s brothers John and Luke. Eden Prairie went 0-2-1 against the field tying St. Thomas 2-2, losing to Moorhead 3-2, and losing to Blake 5-4. Eden Prairie is coached by Lee Smith who earlier this season eclipsed the 500 win mark during his 27th year as head coach.

Players to watch:

Senior F #6 Ben Steeves (Mr. Hockey finalist & UMD commit)

Junior F #8 Drew Holt

Senior F #9 John Mittelstadt (Gopher commit)

Sophomore F #10 Jackson Blake (North Dakota commit)

Junior F #11 Carter Batchelder (Colorado College commit)

Junior D #22 Mason Langenbrunner (Harvard commit)

Junior D #27 Luke Mittelstadt (Gopher commit)

 

#4 Moorhead Spuds (21-5-1): The Spuds qualified for their 17th state tournament appearance. The Spuds look to win their first title this year after eight years with runner-up finishes. The Spuds are led by Mr. Hockey finalist Luke Gramer and Frank Brimsek finalist Hudson Hodges. Moorhead went 1-3 against the field this year losing to Maple Grove 6-2, beating Eden Prairie 3-2, losing to Andover 4-1, and losing to Hill Murray 4-3. The Spuds are led by head coach Jon Ammerman who played four years at St. Cloud State University.

Players to watch:

Senior D #3 Luke Gramer (Mr. Hockey finalist & Northern Michigan commit)

Senior F #10 Carter Johnson

Senior F #14 Cullen Gess

Senior F #27 Caden Triggs 

Senior G #31 Hudson Hodges (Frank Brimsek Finalist)

 

#5 Hill-Murray Pioneers (19-6-3): The Pioneers qualified for their 30th state tournament berth. The Pioneers have won three state championships (1983, 1991, and 2008). The Pioneers are led by a quartet of great forwards Henry Eischen, Nick Pierre, Dylan Godbout and Charlie Strobel along with Frank Brimsek finalist Remington Keoplle and defender Joe Palodichuk. Hill-Murray went 4-0-1 against the field this year beating Blake 7-1, beating and tying St. Thomas (1-1 & 3-2), beating Maple Grove 4-1 and beating Moorhead 4-3. Hill-Murray is led by legendary head coach Bill Lechner who has coached hockey, football, and baseball and recently retired as Athletic Director of Hill-Murray.

Players to watch:

Senior G #1 Remington Keopple (Frank Brimsek finalist)

Junior D #2 Joe Palodichuk (Wisconsin commit)

Senior F #6 Henry Eischen

Sophomore F #7 Nick Pierre (Wisconsin commit)

Sophomore F #17 Dylan Godbout (Wisconsin commit)

Senior F #27 Charlie Strobel

 

Maple Grove Crimson (20-8): The Crimson make their 3rd state tournament appearance with the previous two coming in 2012 and 2017. The Crimson have never won an opening round game. The Crimson’s star player #9 Kyle Kukkonen broke his leg in the seventh game of the season and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Maple Grove split time fairly equally between Senior goalie Parker Slotsve and Junior goalie Jack Wieneke throughout the season with Wieneke getting the nod for the section final. Maple Grove went 3-3 against the field beating Moorhead 6-2, losing twice to Andover 4-0 in both games, beating Lakeville South 5-2, losing to Hill-Murray 4-1, and beating Blake 5-4.

Players to watch:

Junior D #12 Henry Nelson

Junior D #16 Ethan Elias

Junior F #21 Sam Jacobs

Junior D #22 Cal Thomas

 

Lakeville South Cougars (21-7): Lakeville South qualified for its 5th state tournament appearance and second in a row. The Cougar’s best finish came in 2012 when they got 3rd place in the state tournament. The Cougar’s met up with Eden Prairie last year in the quarterfinals in an epic 3 overtime game where the Eagles won. The Cougars went 0-1 against the field losing to Maple Grove 5-2.

Players to watch:

Junior D #3 Griffin Ludtke (Nebraska Omaha commit)

Freshman F #4 Tanner Ludtke (Nebraska Omaha commit)

Senior F #7 Zack Oelrich

Junior F #9 Cam Boche

Junior F #19 Cade Ahrenholz

 

St. Thomas Academy Cadets (18-8-2): St. Thomas Academy qualified for its 5th AA tournament and 13th overall. St. Thomas has won 3 consolation titles in AA and its best finish came last season finishing 4th place. The Cadets are 1-3 in the quarterfinals of the AA tourney. The Cadets went 0-2-2 against the field this year losing to Blake 3-2, losing and tying Hill-Murray (1-1 & 2-3), and tying Eden Prairie 2-2. The Cadets are led by head coach Trent Eigner who coached Lakeville North to a 30-0 perfect season in 2015. It is Eigner’s first year with St. Thomas after the retirement of Greg and Tom Vanelli who led St. Thomas from 2003-2019. 

Players to watch:

Junior F #15 Jackson Halllum

Junior F #16 Jarrod Wright

Senior D #17 Andrew Boemer

2020 A State Tourney Preview

Here is the bracket for the Class A tournament.

 

Class 1A Section Playoffs Brackets

These brackets are updated on a nightly basis once the dust settles.

Section 1A

 

Tuesday February 18th:

FTP Tyler – 

Winona moved past Austin, Waseca past Rochester Lourdes and Albert Lea topped La Cresent to advance to the next round.

Section 2A

 

Tuesday February 18th: Bloomington Kennedy skated past Providence into a date with the top seeded Orono Spartans. Southwest Christian snagged their first playoff win over the 10th seeded Waconia Wildcats, they’ll take on Delano next.

Wednesday February 19th: Delano topped Southwest Christian, Orono beat Bloomington Kennedy.

 

Section 3A

 

Tuesday February 18th: Fairmont topped Willmar, Worthington pumped in 11 to slip into a quarterfinal matchup with LDC.

Section 4A

 

Tuesday February 18th: Henry Sibley and St. Paul Academy moved into the quarterfinals.

Section 5A

 

Tuesday February 18th: Wins – Sauk Rapids, Princeton, Northern Lakes and Chisago Lakes.

Section 6A

 

Tuesday February 18th: Cathedral rolled, River Lakes scored an exciting goal to win 1-0, Little Falls shut out Sartell and Alexandria moved on.

Section 7A

 

Section 8A

Class 2AA Section Playoffs Brackets

Section 1AA

Here is a link to the Section 1AA Preview.

Tuesday February 18th: Rochester Mayo beats Rochester John Marshall by a score of 6 to 1.

Section 2AA

Section 2AA Preview >>

Full bracket below.

Section 3AA

Here is a link to the section 3AA Preview.

Section playoffs start Thursday Feb 20th at High Seed.

Section 4AA

Here is a link to the Section 4AA Preview.

First round starts Wednesday February 19th. Quarterfinals Saturday February 22nd at High Seed.

Wednesday February 19th: Minnehaha Academy fell to Irondale. The Irondale squad gets Hill Murray next.

Section 5AA

Here is a link to the Section 5AA Preview

Quarterfinals are Thursday February 20th.

Section 6AA

Here is a link to the Section 6AA Preview.

Quarterfinals are Thursday Feb 20 at high seeds.

Section 7AA 

Here is a link to the Section 7AA Preview.

Tuesday February 18th:

FTP Tyler – one of my favorite sections in AA. Duluth East lost to Forest Lake in what many called a surprising loss, despite the fact they were seeded lower. Great win for the Forest Lake Program. They’ll get Andover for a shot at the semifinal round.

Andover moved past Duluth Marshall 9-0. Elk River, in maybe the most exciting game of the night, needed an extra attacker to tie the #3 seeded Cloquet Lumberjacks and eventually win in OT. Video of that goal embedded below.

Grand Rapids breezed by Anoka. They’ll take on an Elk River team with nothing to lose. For GR, this was the situation they hoped for, but it won’t be anything less than a bag skate into the semifinals..

 

Section 8AA

Here is a link to the Section 8AA Preview.

Tuesday February 18th.

FTP Tyler – if you claim to be a Minnesota Hockey Fan, section 8AA is one of your favorite sections.

Moorhead needed 48 minutes to eventually get past the 8 Bemidji. They won 3-1 with an ENG. St. Cloud and Rogers stayed interesting after St. Cloud jumped out to an early lead, in the end it was all St. Cloud as they skated to a 6-3 win over the 5th seeded Rogers squad.

Roseau and Brainerd was a hot ticket for a Tuesday night in Feburary and what an ending this one had. Roseau narrowly escaped the 6th seeded — yet no slouch, Brainerd Warriors with an OT winner (embedded below).

And last but not least, St. Michael fended off a late game comeback from the Bison to move into the next round with the Roseau Rams.

 

 

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