The Tourney 17 Cheat Sheet

With the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament approaching, here is a cheat sheet to get you ready for #TheTourney17.

CLASS AA

Section 1AA Representative: Lakeville South Cougars 18-9-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #10 Josh Ess (28) Senior (Committed to Wisconsin)
  2. #21 Sam Malinski (27) Senior
  3. #3 Bradley Golant (26) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Zach Zemlak and Jake Oelrich (6)

Key Wins: Duluth East and Lakeville North

Key Losses: Stillwater and Holy Family

*Making it back to the state tournament for the first time since 2012

 

Section 2AA Representative: Eden Prairie Eagles 21-4-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Casey Mittelstadt (64) Senior (Minnesota) *Mr. Hockey Finalist
  2. #27 Hunter Johannes (45) Senior
  3. #18 Jack Jensen (38) Sophomore (Minnesota)

Top scorer in the playoffs: Mittelstadt (5)

Key Wins: Edina and Stillwater

Key Losses: Grand Rapids and Edina

*#4 Nicky Leivermann is a senior defensemen for EP who is a Mr. Hockey Finalist committed to Notre Dame

 

Section 3 AA Representative: St. Thomas Academy Cadets 23-4-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #23 Willie Reim (45) Senior
  2. #2 Robbie Stucker (40) Senior
  3. #15 Ray Christy (37) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Robbie Stucker (7)

Key Wins: Holy Family and Minnetonka

Key Losses: Hill-Murray and Lakeville North

*STA looking for their first state title in Class AA, have 5 titles in Class A. They outscored their opponents 18-1 in their section tournament.

 

Section 4AA Representative: Hill-Murray Pioneers 19-5-4

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #20 Brock Bremer (40) Senior
  2. #9 Kyler Yeo (50) Senior
  3. #1 Jake Begley (1.62 GAA .936SV%) Senior *Frank Brimsek Finalist

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ben Helgeson (7)

Key wins: Elk River and Edina

Key losses: Moorhead and St. Thomas Academy

*Also watch #14 Sophomore defenseman Ben Helgeson who is committed to Wisconsin

 

Section 5AA Representative: Maple Grove Crimson 22-6-0

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #19 Sam Huff (62) Senior
  2. #9 Justin Kelley (48) Senior
  3. #6 Jack Kelly (30) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Kostelecky (7)

Key wins: Wayzata and Hill-Murray

Key losses: Elk River and Holy Family

*Making their second state tournament appearance in school history.

 

Section 6AA Representative: Wayzata Trojans 10-17-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #22 Griffin Ness (26) Junior
  2. #3 Colin Schmidt (24) Junior (Minnesota)
  3. #21 Grant Anderson (22) (Nebraska Omaha)

Top scorer in the playoffs: Andrew Urban (3)

Key Wins: Edina and Hermantown

Key Losses: Eden Prairie and Grand Rapids

*Wayzata upset Edina in the Section 6AA Finals. Wayzata is the defending Class AA Champions

 

Section 7AA Representative: Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 20-7-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #20 Micah Miller (56) Senior (SCSU) *Mr. Hockey Finalist
  2. #7 Blake McLaughlin (49) Junior (Minnesota)
  3. #8 Gavin Hain (48) Junior (North Dakota)

Top scorer in the playoffs: Micah Miller (8)

Key Wins: Duluth East and Eden Prairie

Key Losses: Moorhead and Holy Family

*Making their 16th state tournament appearance. Micah Miller scored in double OT to beat Duluth East in the Section 7AA final.

 

Section 8AA Representative: Moorhead Spuds 22-3-3

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #6 Carter Randklev (46) Junior
  2. #11 Cole O’Connell (41) Junior
  3. #21 Jack Stetz (38) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Randklev (9)

Key Wins: Hill-Murray and Grand Rapids

Key Losses: Prior Lake and Brainerd

*Watch for #5 Ethan Frisch a sophomore defenseman who is committed to North Dakota and had 16 points during the regular season

 

CLASS A

Section 1A Representative: Northfield Raiders 20-5-3

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #22 Jacob Halvorson (41) Junior
  2. #5 Grant Sawyer (36) Senior
  3. #11 Jackson Cloud (36) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Grant Sawyer (6)

Key wins: Rochester Lourdes, Red Wing

Key losses: St. Cloud Cathedral, New Prague

*Making their first state tournament appearance in school history.

 

Section 2A Representative: Delano Tigers 24-3-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #27 Ben Meyers (99) Senior (Maine) *Mr. Hockey Finalists
  2. #26 Brian Halonen (81) Senior (Michigan Tech)
  3. #7 John Keranen (68) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ben Meyers (8)

Key wins: Breck and St. Cloud Cathedral

Key losses: Hermantown and Holy Family

*Making their first state tournament appearance in school history. Also, watch out for #37 freshman forward Garrett Pinoniemi who is committed to St. Cloud State.

 

Section 3A Representative: Luverne Cardinals 22-5-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #14 Kasyn Kruse (57) Junior
  2. #9 Nick Harder (37) Junior
  3. #10 Ben Serie (35) Sophomore

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ben Serie (4)

Key wins: Marshall and Orono

Key losses: St. Paul Academy and Totino-Grace

*Making its second state tournament appearance in school history. Average 5.68 goals per game in the regular season

 

Section 4A Representative: Mahtomedi Zephyrs 16-11-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #2 Luke Posner (45) Senior
  2. #27 Charlie Batholomew (18) Junior
  3. #15 Matt Vannelli (18) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Luke Posner (5)

Key wins: St. Cloud Cathedral and St. Thomas Academy

Key losses: Hermantown and Breck

*Making their 9th appearance to the state tournament, last time they made it was 2015.

 

Section 5A Representative: Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake Moose 21-6-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #5 Ben Ward (57) Junior
  2. #17 Nick Zwack (46) Senior
  3. #18 Troy Dahleimer (35) Sophomore

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ben Ward (14)

Key wins: Buffalo and Chisago Lakes

Key losses: St. Cloud Cathedral and Sartell

*Making their first state tournament appearance in school history.

 

Section 6A Representative: St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 20-6-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #4 Jake VanHalbeck (58) Senior
  2. #19 Michael Spethmann (55) Senior
  3. #8 Nate Warner (34) Freshman

Top scorer in the playoffs: Michael Spethmann (12)

Key wins: Monticello and Northfield

Key losses: Hermantown and Delano

*St. Cloud Cathedral average 9 goals per game during the sectional playoffs, out scoring their opponents 27-4

 

Section 7A Representative: Hermantown Hawks 26-1-1

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #11 Ryan Sandelin (63) Senior (Minnesota State Mankato) *Mr. Hockey Finalist
  2. #8 Jesse Jacques (51) Senior
  3. #4 Matt Valure (42) Senior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Ryan Sandelin (8)

Key wins: Grand Rapids and Bemidji

Key losses: Wayzata

*#12 Dylan Samberg is senior committed to Minnesota Duluth and is a Mr. Hockey Finalist. He has 28 points this season.

 

Section 8A Representative: East Grand Forks Green Wave 17-8-2

Top scorers during the regular season:

  1. #14 Nick Lund (33) Senior
  2. #8 Hunter Olson (30) Senior
  3. #21 Coby Stauss (24) Junior

Top scorer in the playoffs: Bauer Brown (5)

Key wins: Warroad and Bemidji

Key losses: Greenway and Thief River Falls

*Looking for their 3rd state title in school history, they went back-to-back in 2014/2015.

 

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 17 is loaded with talent and I expect a great tournament from these teams.

Enjoy!

2017 Commits in the State Tournament

Grant Anderson Wayzata Junior Nebraska Omaha
Joshua Ess Lakeville South Senior Wisconsin
Ethan Frisch Moorhead Sophomore North Dakota
Gavin Hain Grand Rapids Junior North Dakota
Brian Halonen Delano Senior Michigan Tech
Ben Helgelson Hill-Murray Sophomore Wisconsin
Jack Jensen Eden Prairie Sophomore Minnesota
Nicky Leivermann Eden Prairie Senior Notre Dame
Ben Meyers Delano Senior Maine
Blake McLaughlin Grand Rapids Junior Minnesota
Micah Miller Grand Rapids Senior St. Cloud State
Casey Mittelstadt Eden Prairie Senior Minnesota
Garrett Pinoniemi Delano Freshman St. Cloud State
Dylan Samberg Hermantown Senior Minnesota Duluth
Ryan Sandelin Hermantown Senior Minnesota State
Colin Schmidt Wayzata Junior Minnesota

 

Top Uncommitted players in the State Tournament (By Class)

Seniors

1 Sam Huff Maple Grove HS
2 Jake Begley Hill Murray HS
3 John Stampohar Grand Rapids HS
4 Noah Sullivan Eden Prairie HS

Juniors

1 Tyler Borsch Maple Grove HS
2 Jack Olsen Lakeville South HS
3 Carter Randklev Moorhead HS
4 Griffin Ness Wayzata HS
5 Chase Foley St. Thomas Academy

Sophomore

1 Isaac Howe Moorhead HS
2 Robert Christy St. Thomas Academy
3 Darian Gotz Hermantown HS
4 Tyler Kostelecky Maple Grove HS
5 Trevor Kukkonen Maple Grove HS

 

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