Minnesota High School Hockey Weekly Wrap-Up January 15-20

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Welcome to the new Weekly Wrap-Up! This is a posting that will occur right before my weekly Top-25 is published on Sundays. These rankings reflect the rankings from the prior week. It is a way to see all of the most important top games of the week in one place outside of specific game recaps and my highlighting of the Top 15 teams. This is due to the high amount of high importance games being played on a single night and there being only one of me… a college student with three jobs and a big state to cover. Enjoy the madness that is high school hockey in Minnesota!

Moorhead’s #11 Cole O’Connell takes the puck down the wing and past Centennial’s defenders during Hockey Day in Minnesota on January 20, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Lawler @JMLawls)

MONDAY:

#15 Moorhead – 3 vs. #8 Andover – 1

Heading into the third tied at one, the Moorhead Spuds were able to fight off minimal Andover efforts at home. More than doubling the Huskies in shots 40-19, the Spuds used goals from senior Carter Randklev and junior Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe early in the period to score the game’s final three goals and clinch the win. Henkemeyer-Howe and senior Parker Dronen led the Spuds in scoring with a goal and assist each.

TUESDAY:

Hastings – 3 vs. #20 Hill-Murray – 2

The mighty Pioneers have completely crashed their wagons this year. Records are unsure if a loss to Hastings has ever happened for Hill-Murray. Hastings led on three separate occasions through the game but put the dagger in off Leo Otto’s (So.) goal early in the third. Hasting’s goalie, Scott Tuin (Sr.), was on while stopping 37 of 39 saves to give the Raiders the program-defining win.

#23 Lakeville North – 4 vs. #19 Lakeville South – 1

In a battle of brothers and section 1AA supremacy, the Lakeville’s duked it out Tuesday with the Panthers of the north coming out victorious. A busy third period that saw four goals and eight penalties led the Panthers to victory behind Shane Griffin’s (Jr.) goal and two assists. The two teams meet again to close out the season and a shot for the No. 1 seed in the section most likely on the line.

#1 Hermantown – 4 at #3 Greenway – 2 (Class A)

After an early onslaught by Hermantown led to a 2-0 lead in the first, Greenway settled into their groove and tied it five minutes into the third. Yet they were unable to hold off Hermantown’s do it all senior Tyler Watkins who scored his second and third goals of the night to give the Hawks the top five match-up win.

Related: Minnesota’s Top “Mr. Hockey State Player of the Year Candidates

Edina and Lakeville South square off. (Photo courtesy of South Cougars Hockey @LSHSBoysHockey)

THURSDAY:

#1 Minnetonka – 6 vs. #16 Eden Prairie – 3​

Looking to hand another No. 1 team a loss in a week, the Eden Prairie Eagles were unable to fly early on. Going down 3-0 within the first 5:30 of the first, it wouldn’t be until late in the third that they made the score appear more respectable after being unable to capitalize on any of their five power plays. As for the Skippers of Minnetonka, they keep rolling as they head to Edina next week for what could be the game of the year so far.

Eden Prairie’s #17 Sam Wilhite slips a backhand past Minnetonka’s goalie in a 6-3 loss. (Photo courtesy of Rick Olson @rickolson77)

FRIDAY:

#2 Duluth East – 4 vs. #13 Brainerd – 1

In what was a large test for Brainerd as they looked to jostle for position within section 8AA, they did not pass. It was tied at zero after the first until Duluth East released the hounds and scored three unanswered to go up 3-1 and added an empty net goal late in the third. Ian Mageau and Ricky Lyle each had two points for the Hounds as they continue to cruise.

#3 Edina – 4 vs. #19 Lakeville South – 1

Edina faced a bit of a scare against South as they were down 1-0 after the first. They scored the remaining four goals of the game though as they outshot Lakeville 32-12. It was a great game for Edina’s depth as they rolled four lines and Jake Boltman (So.), Evan Shoemaker (Sr.), and Mason Nevers (Jr.) all tallied two points.

#14 Wayzata – 2 vs. #12 Duluth Marshall – 0

Wayzata completely stiff-armed Duluth Marshall at home. It was telling for both teams as Wayzata is heating up over their last five going 4-1 and Duluth Marshall has declined going 2-5. It is also notable as one of the top Mr. Hockey candidates, George Grannis, keeps scoring but needs assistance from those around him against top teams.

SATURDAY:

#8 Andover – 4 vs. #11 Elk River – 1

Although being out-shot 40-28, Andover controlled the game from the start with help from junior goaltender Ben Fritsinger who stopped 39 shots and allowed the Huskies to kill all of Elk River’s power plays. Add in two goals from junior Charlie Schoen and Andover bounced back from their Monday loss to Moorhead.

#15 Moorhead – 3 vs. #10 Centennial – 2 OT (Played in St. Cloud for Hockey Day Minnesota)

The game was played in St. Cloud in a non-traditional outdoor arena that is temporarily built for Hockey Day Minnesota. Hockey Day is a state-wide event held by the Minnesota Wild that highlights and celebrates hockey throughout the State of Hockey one day a year. This year, the 12th year of its running, featured two boy’s high school games, a Minnesota college hockey match-up, and is capped off with a Minnesota Wild game. For Moorhead and Centennial, this was an opportunity to show their worthiness in as top programs in the state and the game lived up to the hype. A packed house witnessed a thrilling affair that saw Moorhead take an early 2-0 in the first. Yet even doubling Centennial in shots wasn’t enough to hold them at arm’s length. The Cougars took advantage of these few opportunities to tie it in the second. Yet it was senior ​Carter Randklev’s day as netted a top shelf goal with 26 seconds left in overtime to give the Spuds the victory with Mother Nature surrounding them.

#14 Wayzata – 7 at #16 Eden Prairie – 4

Eden Prairie continues their freefall from a third-place finish at state last season. Leadership, skill, and competent coaching is lacking on all fronts. As for Wayzata, they scored six goals in the second and are silently becoming one of the most dangerous teams in the state.

#3 Edina – 7 at #20 Hill-Murray – 1

Edina faced another slight scare going down early to an inferior opponent, but they turned on the jets when needed and ended up with a running time victory over the Pioneers. There is no way Hill-Murray even sniffs a ranking in the coming week.

Related: Minnesota Class AA Top 10 for Jan. 14

 

GIRL’S HOCKEY UPDATE:

#3 Edina – 5 at #1 Blake – 2

In the game of the year so far, the fans did not quite get what they were looking for in terms of excitement and a close game. The Edina Hornets utilized a four goal second period behind two goals from freshman Hannah Chorske to beat the Bears on the road. It is a season-defining win for the Hornets who have hit some bumps on their road to a repeat state title.

Related: Top-ranked Duluth East Absorb First Loss to Eden Prairie

 

Main Image: Moorhead celebrates their 3-2 overtime victory over Centennial during Hockey Day in Minnesota on January 20, 2018. (Photo courtesy of @HockeyDayMN)

 

Written by Jack Kewitsch / @JackKewitsch 

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