Minnesota High School Ice Hockey’s Class AA State Rankings for Feb. 18

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Minnesota High School Hockey 

Class AA State Rankings (2-18-18)

The regular season is done, which means this is the last Top 25 to be released on my end this season! As we have seen the last few weeks there is not a lot of movement for the top teams, but with sections being announced today (breakdown will be out in the coming days) that will all change. Let’s see how the regular season ended.

1. Minnetonka (21-2-2)

Last week’s rank: No. 1

Game Results:
vs. No. 13 Wayzata – W 5-2
vs. Blake – W 6-2

No change in the top spot this week as Minnetonka’s big win over No. 2 Edina last week secures the No. 1 ranking for the Skippers headed into section play. They also receive the top seed in section 2AA which is always a coveted spot.

2. Edina (23-2-0)

Edina’s Lewis Crosby (11) welcomes the rest of his teammates to the bench after scoring against Wayzata. (Jack Kewitsch)

Last week’s rank: No. 2

Game Results:
at No. 22 Eden Prairie – W 6-3
vs. No. 13 Wayzata – W 4-0

It took the Hornets a good two periods to overcome Eden Prairie earlier in the week, but games like that show they are arguably the best team in state. Their two conference wins this week were just enough to claim a share of the Lake Conference title, their umpteenth, as even though Minnetonka beat them twice only one counts towards the conference standings due to the first loss being in a holiday tournament. Also, a top seed in their section (6AA), they look to make it back to state after a two-year absence.

3. St. Thomas Academy (22-2-1)

Last week’s rank: No. 3

Game Results:
vs. Stillwater – W 6-1
at No. 19 Lakeville North – 4-0

With Brimsek finalist (best goaltender award) Atticus Kelly in net, the Cadets have rolled through the last two weeks of their schedule since losing to No. 17 Duluth Marshall 4-3 on Feb. 3. They have only allowed two goals in 12 periods since and appear to be set for a great run into state.

4. Duluth East (20-2-3)

Last week’s rank: No. 4

Game Results:
at Maple Grove – W 5-2

With a brief and weird one game, mid-week Twin Cities trip this week, the Greyhounds secured the top seed in section 7AA and have been playing excellently in all phases of the game the last month outside of their slip to section rival Cloquet last week. Expect the same to occur in sections.

5. Cretin-Derham Hall (20-3-2)

Last week’s rank: No. 5

Game Results:
at Cottage Grove – W 5-2

That wall I had mentioned last week after the Raiders tied Stillwater may be more prevalent than initially thought. Yes, they won over Cottage Grove, but it’s a pretty mediocre Cottage Grove. They will have a chance to redeem themselves this week with big section games. Look for the write-up on section 6AA to see their tricky path to state.

6. Holy Family (21-3-1)

Last week’s rank: No. 6

Game Results:
at St. Cloud Cathedral – W 6-3
at Stillwater – W 5-1

I nearly bumped them up above Cretin, but that ugly 10-1 loss at home to the Raiders is still so fresh in my mind that I could not justify it. They’ve looked solid to end the year and Ben Almquist has been named a Mr. Hockey finalist, but every team should look good when they play grossly over-matched teams for a few weeks on end.

7. White Bear Lake (20-3-2)

White Bear Lake goalie Evan Boss (33) and teammates will be looking for a turnaround in the post-season. (Photo courtesy of Bob Peck)

Last week’s rank: No. 7

Game Results:
at Cottage Grove – W 8-2
vs. Woodbury – W 9-0
vs. Blaine – W 6-4

In what should have been an easy week across all three games became a test of resilience for the Bears. They went down 3-2 through two to Blaine and rallied off four goals in the third to overcome the deficit. But it is games like that which show who they may really be. Thankfully they play in a pretty easy section 4AA, but they will need to check themselves if they hit a buzz saw in the next three games.

8. Andover (20-5-0)

Last week’s rank: No. 9

Game Results:
at Coon Rapids – W 12-1
vs. Irondale – W 6-2

They haven’t played anyone of note lately but continue to win. With some losses from teams that used to be above them pushing the Huskies up, they should be able to make the 7AA section final.

9. Moorhead (18-7)

Last week’s rank: No. 8

Game Results:
vs. Bemidji – W 9-0
vs. No. 25 Hill-Murray – L 3-0

I would drop them lower after being shutout at home to end the season, but Hill-Murray looks to be coming on at the right time for the most point. Still unnerving that a Mr. Hockey Finalist in Carter Randklev couldn’t produce this game. Still hoping they make state and can navigate section 8AA.

10. Brainerd (19-6)

Last week’s rank: No. 11

Game Results:
vs. No. 18 St. Michael-Albertville – L 4-1
vs. St. Cloud – W 4-0

They dropped a game to a top 25 team, so it is slightly forgivable, and add in others around them losing, I actually push the Warriors up a spot because they have shown who they really are for the most part and dropping a game like that happens. They can’t do it again though as it is win or go home from here on out.

Next Five Teams In:

11. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (17-7-1)

Last week’s rank: No. 10

Game Results:
at Grand Rapids – L 4-3

Of course, they drop a game to a struggling Grand Rapids team the week after I bump them back into the top ten. We will see how they do in sections, but this team could be a one and done if they don’t refocus this week.

12. Eastview (21-4-0)

Last week’s rank: No. 14

Game Results:
vs. Apple Valley – W 3-0
at Prior Lake – W 5-1

A 20-win season is one to rejoice and highlight for this Eastview squad and I believe it deserves a nice little jump going into sections. One of the feel-good stories, this team has the opportunity to make a Cinderella run to state.

13. Wayzata (14-10-1)

Last week’s rank: No. 12

Game Results:
at No. 1 Minnetonka – L 5-2
at No. 2 Edina – L 4-0

Another team that has shown more promise than what the results show, Wayzata only drops because of their two losses. This ranking means nothing though, as they proved that anyone can make it to state when they went last year with a 10-17-1 record.

14. Centennial (16-6-3)

Last week’s rank: No. 13

Game Results:
vs. Totino-Grace – W 3-0
at Spring Lake Park – W 5-0

They keep chugging along and shouldn’t have too much to worry about in section 4AA, but Hill-Murray is looking formidable at the right time.

15. Elk River (18-7)

Last week’s rank: No. 15

Game Results:
vs. No. 25 Hill-Murray – W 4-3
vs. Armstrong – W 6-1

A nice win over a ranked Hill-Murray puts the Elks in a nice position to make a decent run in section 7AA. However, a three seed in the section has some scratching their heads. Sometimes when using computers to rank teams, nothing makes sense.

On the Outside Looking In:

Rosemount (20-4-1), Duluth Marshall (16-7-2), St. Michael-Albertville (20-5), Lakeville North (13-10-2), Chaska (17-8), St. Louis Park (15-8-2), Eden Prairie (10-14-1), Eagan (14-9-2), Lakeville South (12-11-2), Hill-Murray (10-11-4)

The most movement of this ranking, as usual, comes on the back end. These teams could all make great runs in sections and even at State. Hill-Murray, as mentioned, seems to be peaking at the right time and St. Michael-Albertville continues to win. It is anyone’s guess as to how these teams will perform in the next two weeks.


Written by Jack Kewitsch / @JackKewitsch 

Special to HockeyClan


Main Image: , MN on Feb. 15, 2018. (Lasalle Boston BostonCreations.net)


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