Section 2A

Orono > Breck (6-1)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Nick Mohs-Messerli 2G 2A
Jamie Bazil 1G 1A
Zack Simon 1G 1A
Finn Grandy 24 Saves .960%


The defending state champs have gotten very little love from the pundits this yes. Some would say, "No Respect".  Lacking a big win on their resume, the Spartans have taken care of business down the stretch winning 8 of 9 games. Their only loss?


Delano > Minneapolis (3-0)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Player 1
Player 2
Player 3

Tony's Take

We had a lot of chatter on our BHS hockey podcast about Section 2A being wide open. Guess what, talk is cheap. #2 Delano will face #1 Orono for the state berth. The Tigers will face an uphill battle against Orono. The two teams split during their two Wright County Conference games. 

Section 3A

Hutchinson > Marshall (3-2, OT)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Hayden Jensen 1G* 1A
Mason Plante 2G 0A
Logan Holtz 1G OA

Tony's take

Hutch sneaks out of St. Peter with an OT win over #1 seed Marshall. Marshall scored an apparent GWG that was disallowed after a lengthy discussion by referees. 

New Ulm > litchfield/dassel-cokato (2-1)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Blake Tauer 1G 0A
Kyle Tauer 1G 0A
Jack Raymond 33 Saves .971 %

Tony's take

New Ulm gets a great performance from senior Jack Raymond...he turns away 33 shots and the Eagles are headed to section 3A final on Wednesday. The Eagles will face Hutch...who they defeated 4-3 on January 24.

Section 5A

chisago lakes > Monticello (3-2)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Tucker Bakken 1G 1A
Troy Dahlheimer 1G 1A
Brooks Stangl 24 Saves

Brooks Stangl was a beast for the Wildcats Saturday

tony's take

Wildcats take down Pine City Thursday and Monticello only have one more win to get back to the X for the first time since 2014.

North branch > Princeton (3-1)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Joey Kirchner 2G 0A
Tucker Sachs 0G 2A
Jake Turek 35 Saves .972 %

tony's take

Fun to see North Branch get this close to the state tournament. In 2013, the Vikings Squirt B team with many of the current Vikings won our inaugural YHH Squiracular. Six years later, they are a game away from the X!!! The 5A final has North Branch (0 visits) and Chisago Lakes (1995, 2014) facing off in Elk River.

Section 6A

Jack Smith was the man for the Crusaders Saturday

St. cloud cathedral > river lakes (6-0)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Jack Smith 1G 2A
Nathan Warner 1G 2A
Jackson Savoie 2G 0G
Noah Amundson 6 Saves 1.000 %

tony's take

Not much to take on here. River Lakes only scrapes six shots on net. Cathedral seems to have gotten some of their missing pop back after a late season lull due to an injury bug. If healthy, Crusaders will be tough to beat in section final...way too much speed and skill. 

Alexandria > sartell-st. stephen (5-0)

Jack Westlund had a pair of goals Saturday to lead Alex back to the section 6A final

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Jack Westlund 2G 0A
Ben Doherty 1G 1A
Zach Wosepka 1G 1A
Bailey Rosch 23 Saves 1.000 %

tony's take

Alex vs. Cathedral is a little bit like Lakeville South and Lakeville North. You look at the roster at the beginning of the year and you say with 99% certainty who will be in the section final...boom, its SCC and Alex, AGAIN.

This one promises to be a nail biter. Last year in sections, 3-2 OT (Alex). This year was 3-2 OT (SCC).  Can't wait for this one.

Bailey Rosch will need to be the difference for Alex to return to state

Section 7A

hermantown > Virginia/MT. Iron-Buhl (9-1)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Drew Sams 2G 1A
Ethan Lund 1G 2A
Blake Biondi 2G 1A

tony's take

The Hawks are just sharpening their talons at this point circling the skies waiting to pounce on either Greenway or Denfeld.  They are the prohibitive favorite in this section and the state tourney. Blake Biondi is on a completely different level than 99% of the state.

greenway > duluth denfeld (6-2)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Player 1
Player 2
Player 3

tony's take

The Raiders looked good tonight against Denfeld, a good A team. They will have to be perfect on Wednesday to beat Hermantown who would be a top ten AA team. They have the horses to run with Hermantown, but can they go the distance (man, that was cheesy).

Section 8A

east grand forks > detroit lakes (4-0)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Mason Poolman 2G 1A
Cole Avery 1G 2A
Tucker Brown 8 Saves 1.000 %

tony's take

Green Wave dominate on home ice over DL. East Side gets some important secondary scoring from Avery (6th on team) and Poolman (9th on team). They will get a tougher test next week against TRF/Warroad winner.

warroad > thief river falls (2-1, OT)

Player Stat 1 Stat 2
Owen Meeker 2G 0A
Grant Slukynsky 0G 2A
Zach Foster 25 Saves .972 %

tony's take

Warroad has been very inconsistent all year (13-9-2), which is consistent with why they beat TRF. The ultra talented Warriors will have  their hands full beating EGF on their home ice. They beat the Wave on February 5th at the Gardens, can they do it again?