Brynn Dulac of Minnetonka has earned three straight shutouts to give her six for the season.
1. Andover (14-0)
Andover moves to 14-0 on the season after picking up a pair of wins last week, blanking then-No. 6-2A Maple Grove 3-0 and easing past then-No. 7-2A Eden Prairie 6-2. While the Huskies will lose star forward Peyton Hemp to Team USA for the 2020 Under-18 Women’s World Cup, a host of talented forwards should help fill the void until Hemp’s return.
2. Edina (12-1)
Edina stays at No. 2 after winning three games in the past week, outscoring Buffalo, Forest Lake, and North Wright County by a combined score of 13-3. The Hornets will face stiff competition during the upcoming Walser Invitational, in which the Hornets fell to Breck last season in the tournament finals. Like Andover, Edina will lose a top scorer to Team USA, with Katie Davis suiting up for the national team.
3. Blake (9-1-1)
Third-ranked Blake did not play last week, and the Bears are surely taking advantage of a lengthy break heading into the holiday season. Virtually every team is jealous of the 16 days without a game for Blake, which is back in action for the Herb Brooks Holiday Classic, where the Bears will take on Rogers in the first round.
4. Minnetonka (10-2)
Three straight wins keep Minnetonka at No. 4 this week, and three consecutive shutouts make the Skippers’ run of success even more impressive. Junior goaltender and Cornell verbal commit Brynn Dulac earned the blank sheet in all three contests, stopping 89 of 89 shots to run her shutout total to six for the season. Dulac’s six shutouts are tied for second in the state and are just one behind the state-leading seven by Forest Lake’s Ally Goehner.
5. Forest Lake (9-4)
A win and two losses would normally drop Forest Lake at least a couple of places, but with Maple Grove and Eden Prairie also losing twice, the Rangers stay at No. 5. A 7-2 loss to Suburban East Conference rival Stillwater stings, but bear in mind that Rachel Golnitz did not play for the Rangers (another Team USA member), and a handful of contributors are battling injuries.
6. Maple Grove (9-2-1)
Maple Grove suffered is first two losses of the season last week, going scoreless in both matches while losing to top-ranked Andover and No. 4-2A Minnetonka by scores of 3-0 and 4-0, respectively. Of the 20 total goals surrendered by the Crimson, nearly half (9) have been scored in the third period by opposing teams.
7. Hill-Murray (9-3-1)
With a 2-1 win over North St. Paul/Tartan, Hill-Murray sneaks just ahead of Eden Prairie this week. The Pioneers outshot North St. Paul/Tartan 34-12 in the win, with North St. Paul/Tartan goaltender Paige Panagiotopolous stopping 32 of 34 shots in the loss.
8. Eden Prairie (7-4-1)
Eden Prairie has lost three straight games, all three to quality opponents in Edina, Minnetonka, and Andover. The Eagles will face Prior Lake in the first round of its home tournament, the Midwinter Classic, in Dec. 26.
9. Roseau (7-3-2)
Roseau scored six goals in the first period en route to an 8-3 thumping of East Grand Forks last week. Kayla Santl and Kate Helgeson each recorded four points in the win for the Rams, while Anika Stoskopf tallied a hat-trick. The Rams put 26 shots on the East Grand Forks goal in the first period of the victory.
10. Stillwater (9-2)
The Ponies enter the rankings this week at No. 10, with the team cruising past Forest Lake 7-2 and taking control of the Suburban East Conference. The Ponies have won seven consecutive games entering the holidays, and have four players with 20 or more total points on the season. Senior forward Lauren Einan leads the pack with 11 goals and 24 points in nine games.
Lauren Einan leads a surging Stillwater team with 24 points this season.
1. Breck (10-3)
The Mustangs enter the Walser Invitational after an 11-2 win over Orono last week in their only game. Olivia Mobley netted four goals in the first period in the win over the Spartans. Mobley finished the game with six tallies, pushing the Quinnipiac commit's career point total to over 225.
2. Warroad (10-3-1)
Two wins over Thief River Falls and Bismarck (ND) carry the Warriors into the holidays. The Warriors have allowed just one goal in the last three games, all victories for Warroad.
3. Mound Westonka (9-2-2)
The Whitehawks push ahead of former No. 3-1A Rochester Lourdes after beating Chaska-Chanhassen 3-2 in overtime and tying Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato last week. Mound Westonka has had its previous four games decided in overtime, going 2-0-2 in that stretch.
4. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (10-2)
New to the rankings this week at No. 4, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton has won nine straight games since starting that season 1-2 with losses to Class 2A foes Anoka/Spring Lake Park and Brainerd/Little Falls. In those nine victories, the Lumberjacks have allowed just nine goals, and offensively rely on the senior forward trio of Taylor Nelson, Kiana Bender, and Dea DeLeon. The three have combined for 29 goals this season.
5. Rochester Lourdes (8-5)
Dropping back-to-back games last week to Rosemount and Eagan after four wins in a row drop the Eagles to No. 5 this week. The Eagles will get a shot at redemption against Eagan on Dec. 26, as the teams meet in a rematch during the first round of the Kaposia Classic.
Marlie Johnston and the Warroad Warriors are on a six-game winning streak.