Minnesota High School Hockey Sectional Preview

Minnesota High School Hockey is coming down to the wire and the section playoffs are right around the corner. When we get this far along in the season, we can not help to start making predictions on whose is going to make it to the “The Tourney 17” and continue their quest at a state title.

CLASS AA

Section 1

Favorites: Lakeville North (18-5-2) and Lakeville South (15-9-1)

Sleeper Team: Farmington (8-16-1)

Players To Watch: Lakeville North: #21 Henry Enebak (SCSU) 44 points, #11 Keaton Pehrson (Mich. Tech) 29 points

Lakeville South: #10 Josh Ess (Wisco) 28 points

Farmington: #25 Darby Grengs 23 points

My Pick: Lakeville North

 

Section 2

Favorites: Eden Prairie (19-4-2) and Holy Family (20-4-1)

Sleeper Team: Minnetonka (14-11-0)

Players To Watch: Eden Prairie: #11 Casey Mittelstadt (UMN) 64 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST, #18 Jack Jensen (UMN) 38 points, #4 Nicky Leivermann (Notre Dame) 34 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST

Holy Family: #11 Ben Almquist (Wisco) 49 points, #22 James Marooney (OSU) 26 points, #3 Matt Anderson (UMD) 26 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST

Minnetonka: #9 Bobby Brink (Denver) 26 points, #23 TJ Rogers 28 points, #8 Luke Loheit (UMD) 12 points

My Pick: Eden Prairie

 

Section 3

Favorites: St. Thomas Academy (20-4-1) and Burnsville (16-8-1)

Sleeper Team: Eastview (14-10-1)

Players To Watch: St. Thomas Academy: #2 Robbie Stucker 40 points

Burnsville: #3 Roman Ahcan 51 points

Eastview: #8 Zach Anderson 26 points

My Pick: St. Thomas Academy

 

Section 4

Favorites: Stillwater (22-3-0) and Hill-Murray (16-5-4)

Sleeper Team: White Bear Lake (14-7-4)

Players To Watch: Stillwater: #11 Noah Cates (UMD) 64 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST

Hill-Murray: #1 Jake Begley .936 SV% **FRANK BRIMSEK FINALIST, #14 Helgelson (Wisco) 21 points

White Bear Lake: #17 Chase Hamstad 42 points

My Pick: Hill Murray

 

Section 5

Favorites: Centennial (20-4-1) and Maple Grove (19-6-0)

Sleeper Team: Blaine (13-11-1)

Players To Watch: Centennial: #11 Lucas McGregor 46 points

Maple Grove: #19 Sam Huff 62 points

Blaine: #22 Bryce Brodzinski (SCSU) 40 points

My Pick: Maple Grove

Section 6

Favorite: Edina (18-6-1)

Sleeper Teams: Cretin Derham Hall (18-7-0) and St. Louis Park (17-7-1)

Players To Watch: Edina: #10 Sam Walker (UMN) 46 points, #23 Bram Scheerer (Colorado College) 36 points, #17 Ben Brinkman (UMN) 21 points, #2 Jake Boltmann (UMN) 14 points

CDH: #5 Matt Gleason 41 points

SLP: #8 Bauer Neudecker 73 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST

My Pick: Edina

 

Section 7

Favorites: Grand Rapids (17-7-1) and Elk River (21-4-0)

Sleeper Team: Duluth East (16-8-1)

Players To Watch: ER: #6 Nick Perbix (SCSU) 40 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST, #12 Jack Perbix (Notre Dame) 35 points, #11 Benton Maass (UNH) 29 points

GR: #20 Micah Miller (SCSU) 56 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST, #7 Blake McLaughlin (UMN) 49 points, #8 Gavin Hain (UND) 48 points

DE: #5 Garret Worth 31 points

My Pick: Elk River

 

Section 8

Favorite: Moorhead (19-3-3)

Sleeper Teams: Bemidji (14-10-1) and St. Michael-Albertville (19-4-2)

Players To Watch: Moorhead: #6 Carter Randklev 46 points, #5 Ethan Frish (UND) 16 points

STMA: #2 Blake Spetz 30 points

Bemidji: #19 Brady Tatro 25 points

My Pick: Moorhead

 

CLASS A

Section 1

Favorites: Rochester Lourdes (15-10-0) and Northfield (17-5-3)

Sleeper Team: Mankato East (13-8-4)

Players To Watch: Rochester Lourdes: #2 Montana Streit 40 points

Northfield: #22 Jacob Halvorson 41 points

Mankato E: #14 Jake Anderson 36 points

My Pick: Rochester Lourdes

 

Section 2

Favorites: Breck (20-3-2) and Delano (21-3-1)

Sleeper Team: Orono (16-9-0)

Players To Watch: Breck: #15 Mitch Machlitt 55 points, #25 Dalton Weigel 44 points

Delano: #27 Ben Meyers (Maine) 99 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST, #26 Brian Halonen (Mich. Tech) 80 points, #37 Garrett Pinoniemi (SCSU) 18 points

Orono: #21 Nick Anderson 35 points

My Pick: Delano

 

Section 3

Favorites: Luverne (19-5-1) and Marshall (17-7-1)

Sleeper Team: Litchfield (14-9-1)

Players To Watch: Luverne: #14 Kasyn Kruse 57 points

Marshall: #6 Dylan Criquet-Danielson (Oklahoma for baseball) 56 points

Litchfield: #3 Casey Peterson 46 points

My Pick: Luverne

 

Section 4

Favorites: Mahtomedi (13-11-1) and St. Paul Academy (21-4-0)

Sleeper Team: St. Paul Johnson (17-6-2)

Players To Watch: Mahtomedi: #2 Luke Posner 45 points

St. Paul Academy: #9 Dev McCabe (UMD) 60 points, #11 Matt Dahlseide 69 points

St. Paul Johnson: #16 Isaac Moberg 42 points

My Pick: St. Paul Academy

 

Section 5

Favorites: Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake (18-6-1) and Pine City (18-7-0)

Sleeper Team: North Branch (16-8-1)

Players To Watch: Monticello: #5 Ben Ward 57 points

Pine City: #2 Brendan Westbrook 67 points

North Branch: #27 Brady Meyer 54 points

My Pick: Monticello

 

Section 6

Favorite: St. Cloud Cathedral (17-6-2)

Sleeper Teams: Satrell-St. Stephen (16-6-3) and Alexandria (15-7-3)

Players To Watch: Cathedral: #4 Jake Vanhalbeck 58 points, #18 Mack Motzko 26 points

Sartell: #22 Will McCabe 43 points

Alexandria: #7 Ben Doherty 60 points

My Pick: St. Cloud Cathedral

 

Section 7

Favorite: Hermantown (23-1-1)

Sleeper Teams: Greenway (17-7-1) and Hibbing (17-8-0)

Players To Watch: Hermantown: #11 Ryan Sandelin (Minn. St.) 63 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST, #12 Dylan Samberg (UMD) 28 points *MR.HOCKEY FINALIST

Greenway: #11 Taylor Lantz 60 points

Hibbing: #12 Jarrett Lee 48 points

My Pick: Hermantown

 

Section 8

Favorite: East Grand Forks (14-8-2)

Sleeper Teams: Thief River Falls (9-15-0) and Northern Lakes (20-4-1)

Players To Watch: EGF: #14 Nick Lund 33 points

TRF: #16 Aaron Myers 36 Points

Northern Lakes: #22 Josh Maucieri 72 points

My Pick: East Grand Forks

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