The Minnesota Magicians U18 team is in its third season and will find itself as the only Minnesota team playing top U18 Tier I teams in the Compuware Honeybaked Invitational Tournament this weekend in Detroit. The Magicians are one of 20 teams entered. Nationally ranked #3 Victory Honda is in their pool of five teams and the draw has not been favorable. The Magicians play the Soo Indians in a 9:45 AM game Friday morning and Victory Honda at 3:10 PM. They should beat the Soo team, but will be hard pressed to beat Victory Honda in the afternoon game. Saturday, the Magicians U18 team plays MI Hockey Advancement and the Chicago Young Americans. The top team in each of the four pools advance to the championship round Sunday morning; the second team in each pool plays in the consolation round. The Magicians (7-2) are on a seven game winning streak.
The Muscle Milk team (aka Team North) continued their power trip. After losing their opening game in Week 1 to MAP 5-0, they have strung an eight win streak together to post an 8-1 record and take the top spot in UMHSEL going into Week 4. Sunday afternoon at the NAHL Showcase at the Super Rink in Blaine MN, the M&Mer’s used a dazzling offense to upend perennial USA U18 Tier 1 National champs Shattuck/St. Mary’s 7-6 to complete their second weekend sweep of all three games played. Two teams, TCF Bank and Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, were tied for third and had a chance to move up and challenge the two leaders this week playing early Weekend 4 games Tuesday and Wednesday. Both teams lost. The Magaziners lost to Starkey/Sonion 5-3 Tuesday night at New Hope; the Bankers lost Wednesday night 5-3 to Shattuck/St. Mary’s at Faribault. With the USA U17 team coming to town Weekend 5 (Oct 10-11 at New Hope), Muscle Milk and MAP will likely end up playing the Stars and Stripes.