The Tourney 16 Cheat Sheet

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With the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament approaching, here is a cheat sheet to get you ready for the #Tourney16.

CLASS AA

Section 1AA Representative: Farmington 18-8-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #6 Erik Holmstrom (39) Senior
  2. #16 Wyatt Jensen (36) Senior
  3. #12 John Siebenaler (35) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: John Siebenaler (9)

Key Wins: Wayzata, Lakeville North x2

Key Losses: Eden Prairie, Edina

*Farmington is making their first appearance in Class AA, went to the state in Class A in 2000 and 1994

 

Section 2AA Representative: Eden Prairie 19-7-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Casey Mittelstadt (59) Junior (Committed to University of Minnesota)
  2. #16 Michael Graham (43) Senior (Committed to Notre Dame)
  3. #4 Nicky Leivermann (32) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Casey Mittelstadt (9)

Key Wins: Wayzata and Duluth East

Key Losses: Wayzata and Edina

*Michael Graham is a Mr. Hockey finalist

 

Section 3 AA Representative: Burnsville 16-10-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #22 Cade Borchardt (44) Senior
  2. #17 Eric Otto (30) Senior
  3. #4 Nolan Sawchuk (26) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Cade Borchardt (14)

Key Wins: St. Thomas Academy, Farmington

Key Losses: Eden Prairie, Wayzata

*Cade Borchardt record a hat-trick in all three sectional playoff games

 

Section 4AA Representative: Stillwater 26-1-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Noah Cates (54) Junior
  2. #10 Jackson Cates (53) Senior (Committed to Michigan Tech)
  3. #15 Luke Manning (43) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Noah Cates (6)

Key wins: Hill-Murray x2, Lakeville North

Key losses: Holy Family

*Goaltender Josh Benson has a goals against average of 1.70 which was good enough top ten in the state

 

Section 5AA Representative: Anoka 18-9-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #23 Issac Johnson (41) Junior
  2. #16 Michael Talbot (33) Senior
  3. #19 Blake Neumann (32) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Neumann/Talbot (8)

Key wins: Blaine, Maple Grove x2

Key losses: Wayzata, Duluth East

*Anoka is making their first state tournament appearance sense 2003, when they won it all

 

Section 6AA Representative: Wayzata 19-8-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #18 Mark Senden (34) Senior (Committed to University of North Dakota)
  2. #5 Colin Schmidt (23) Sophomore
  3. #19 Luke Paterson (20) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Dillon Riley (8)

Key Wins: Eden Prairie, Grand Rapids

Key Losses: St. Thomas Academy, Duluth East

*Another key player to watch is #17 Billy Duma who is committed to Air Force

 

Section 7AA Representative: Grand Rapids 21-6-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #21 Mitchell Mattson (46) Senior (Committed to the University of North Dakota)
  2. #9 Alex Adams (35) Senior
  3. #12 Jonah Bischoff (32) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Mitchell Mattson (11)

Key Wins: Duluth East x2, Minnetonka

Key Losses: Wayzata, Eden Prairie

*Grand Rapids also have a pair of sophomores to watch for; #8 Gavin Hain who is committed to the University of North Dakota and #7 Blake McLaughlin who is committed to the University of Minnesota

 

Section 8AA Representative: Bemidji 23-2-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Alex Pollock (40) Junior
  2. #19 Brady Tatro (38) Junior
  3. #21 Nick Leitner (38) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Brady Tatro (5)

Key Wins: Hermantown, Moorhead x2

Key Losses: Moorhead, Cloquet

*Bemidji is making their first back-to-back appearance to the state tournament since 1986

 

CLASS A

Section 1A Representative: Mankato West 15-11-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #18 Tyler Loe (42) Senior
  2. #15 Kyle Looft (33) Junior
  3. #10 Jimmy Miller (28) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Tyler Loe (5)

Key wins: Northfield

Key losses: St. Cloud Cathedral, Northfield

*Making their second ever state tournament appearance; their first since 2008

 

Section 2A Representative: Breck 24-3-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #8 Chase Ellington (65) Senior
  2. #15 Mitch Machlitt (48) Junior
  3. #17 Tyler Scott (47) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Tyler Scott (9)

Key wins: St. Paul Academy, Thief River Falls

Key losses: Wayzata

*Breck is looking for their 5th state title

 

Section 3A Representative: Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 20-8-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #7 David Raisanen (64) Senior
  2. #5 Jared Pedersen (62) Senior
  3. #3 Casey Peterson (41) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: David Raisanen (9)

Key wins: Luverne

Key losses: Delano x2, Orono

*LDC averaged 6.4 goals per game during the section regular season

 

Section 4A Representative: St. Paul Academy 23-5-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Matt Dahlseide (51) Junior
  2. #8 Justin Jallen (42) Senior
  3. #19 Jack Johnston (42) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Noel Parker (9)

Key wins: Luverne, Mankato West

Key losses: Breck x2

*St. Paul Academy is making their first appearance at the state tournament since 1974

 

Section 5A Representative: Princeton 21-7-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #3 Jake S. Carlson (49) Junior
  2. #5 Tyler McAlpine (43) Senior
  3. #16 Sam Schroeder (25) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Tyler McAlpine (9)

Key wins: Monticello, Chisago Lakes

Key losses: Greenway, Little Falls

*This is Princeton’s first appearance since 2003

 

Section 6A Representative: St. Cloud Cathedral 20-7-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #2 Logan Neu (44) Senior
  2. #4 Jake VanHalbeck (38) Junior
  3. #19 Michael Spethmann (28) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Logan Neu (10)

Key wins: Little Fall x2, Mankato West

Key losses: Breck, East Grand Forks

*St. Cloud Cathedral average 7.33 goals per game during the sectional playoffs

 

Section 7A Representative: Hermantown 24-2-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #27 Cole Koepke (53) Senior
  2. #11 Ryan Sandelin (45) Junior
  3. #8 Jesse Jacques (38) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Jesse Jacques (13)

Key wins: East Grand Forks, Bemidji

Key losses: Hopkins

*Hermantown has been state runner-up five years in a row; also watch #5 Wyatt Aamodt, who is a Mr. Hockey finalist

 

Section 8A Representative: Thief River Falls 22-6-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #14 Ethan Johnson (57) Senior
  2. #27 Michael Johnson (45) Senior
  3. #12 Lucas Magnusson (41) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ethan Johnson (8)

Key wins: East Grand Forks x3, Roseau x2

Key losses: Hermantown, Breck

*40 of Ethan Johnson’s 57 points are goals; he has carried most of the workload for the Prowlers this season

Good luck to all the teams, players, and coaches that have made “the trek to the X.” It is a dream come true for a lot of players and we, as fans, are in for a treat this year. The Tourney 16 is loaded with talent and I expect a great tournament from these teams.

Enjoy!

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About Gaven Bickford

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