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Staff Rankings (Boys): January 8

By Tony Scott , 01/07/24, 10:15PM CST


Staff's take on top-10 boys teams in Minnesota

Boys Class AA

Cadets had a big week, they climb to #5, earn coach win #700 and this kid commits to Colgate (pic Patch Cronin)

Rank Team Section Jan 1 Rank
1 Minnetonka 2AA 1
2 Wayzata 6AA 2
3 Edina 6AA 4
4 Chanhassen 2AA 6
5 St. Thomas Academy 3AA 7
6 Benilde-St. Margaret's 6AA 3
7 Maple Grove 5AA 5
8 Andover 7AA NR
9 Holy Family 2AA 8
10 Rogers 5AA NR


Karl Schuettler from our Rink of Fire BHS hockey podcast is our official ranker for Boys AA. For an audio or video account, check out our pod (link below), for a written account see his take on the top-10 and more on the HS Hockey Forum. For more information on our ROF sponsors see the links below.

This Week's Pod
Karl Comments
Jax Cafe
Gemini Athletic
Red and Black League
Summit Orthopedics

Boys Class A

The Hawks stare down two huge Class A games this week vs. SCC and Warroad (pic River Freeman)

Ranking Team Section JAN 1 Rank
1 Hermantown 7A 1
2 Warroad 8A 2
3 St. Cloud Cathedral 5A 4
4 East Grand Forks 8A 5
5 Mahtomedi 4A 6
6 Orono 2A 7
7 Delano 2A 3
8 Northfield 1A 8
9 Monticello 5A 10
10 Cloquet 7A 9


Eric Bruce, AKA "Class A Guy" on the HS hockey forum is our official ranker for Boys A. To hear an audio or video account, check out our pod (link below), for a written account see his take on the top-10 and more on the HS Hockey Forum. For more information on our ROF sponsors see the links below.

This Week's Pod
Eric's Comments
Gemini Athletic
Jax Cafe
Red and Black League
Summit Orthopedics

Bantam AA

Tonka falls twice to #1 Moorhead...Skippers fall to #5

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Moorhead 15 WW
2 Osseo/Maple Grove 3 WW
3 Rosemount 8 WWWW
4 Prior Lake 6 LW
5 Minnetonka 6 LLW
6 Wayzata 3 LL
7 White Bear Lake 2 T
8 Stillwater 2 WWL
9 Centennial 10 LW
10 Hermantown 11 LLL


Mom always said, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all." 

Oof. What a week for some Bantam AA teams.

After the top three teams in this week's poll, there are more L's than a Washington Generals game schedule. Hats off to Rosemount on four wins and nearly 600 miles on their car to get wins over Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Hermantown and Rochester Red.

Bantam A

OMG goes 2-2 on the week, they are #6 this week (pic Finn Starkey

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Shakopee 6 TWLW
2 Hopkins 3 WWLWWW
3 Warroad 16 WWWWW
4 Rock Ridge 12 WTL
5 St. Louis Park 3 LWL
6 Osseo/Maple Grove 3 LWLW
7 Northern Lakes 15 WWWWW
8 Moorhead 15 W
9 New- Ulm Sleepy Eye 4 WW
10 Woodbury 8 WW


The new year didn’t change our Bantam A rankings much, as ranked teams either lost to AA teams; OR lost to teams ranked above them. Big shoutout to No. 3 Warroad for winning the Roseau tourney 

The two changes that were made, are New Ulm-Sleepy Eye moving up one spot to No. 9 this week after extending their win streak to twelve games.

The other change is Woodbury being added to the rankings at No. 10, after defeating the previous No. 9- Mankato. 

Bantam B

EP goes 1-1 this week, they are #10 (pic Charlie Shultz

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Hermantown (Blue) 11 WWW
2 Mahtomedi 2 WW
3 Bemidji (Blue) 16 LW
4 Woodbury (Black) 8 WW
5 Roseville 2 WWWW
6 Edina (White) 6 T
7 Morris-Benson 15 WWWW
8 Osseo/Maple Grove (Black) 3 WW
9 Lakeville North 8 WW
10 Eden Prairie 6 LW


The No. 1 Hermantown Blue and No. 2 Mahtomedi squared off this past week, with the No. 1 Hawks prevailing in a close 1-0 win. There could be a potential rematch in the state championship, as these are the favorites as of now. The Hawks also picked up another quality win over No. 3 Bemidji Blue.

Besides those two big games, there wasn’t much action at the BB level in the first week of 2024. It will really pick up here as we get into the season's home stretch and get closer to playoffs every day. 

PeeWee AA

Spuds take the Showdown in Potatotown Sunday with a nice 6-2 win over Stillwater

Rank Team District Last Week Rank Jan 2
1 Minnetonka AA 6 DNP 1
2 Moorhead AA 15 WLWWW 2
3 Woodbury AA 8 T 3
4 White Bear Lake AA 2 DNP 4
5 East Grand Forks 16 TWWL 5
6 Stillwater AA 2 WWWWL 6
7 Osseo/Maple Grove AA 3 WW 7
8 Prior Lake 6 WW 8
9 Wayzata 3 WW 9
10 Edina 6 L 10


No major changes this week in AA. Moorhead loses to Stillwater in pool play, but avenges the loss in the championship game. Everyone else either held serve or lost to someone or tied in the top-10. 

Still a lot of pivotal district games and tournaments remain prior to district and region playoffs.

PeeWee A

#7 Marshall wins the showdown in Potatotown Sunday

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Northfield 9 WWWWW
2 Warroad 16 WWW
3 Park-Cottage Grove 8 WWWWW
4 Proctor 11 WWWLL
5 Roseville 2 WWWT
6 River Lakes 5 WW
7 Marshall 4 WWWW
8 Thief River Falls 16 WWL
9 Mounds View/Irondale 2 WWWWW
10 Mankato 9 WW


For the top teams in PWA, this was the week of winning tournaments.

The No. 1 Northfield Raiders won the Owatonna tournament this past weekend and knocked off two ‘AA’ squads to do so. 

The No. 3 Park-Cottage Grove Wolfpack won the Rogers tournament and defeated a solid Champlin Park squad in the championship game.

The No. 9 ranked Mounds View/Irondale won the Super Rink Spectacular this past weekend. 

Mankato is on a six-game win streak and gets bumped into the rankings this week at No. 10. 

PeeWee B

Crazy weekend in PWB - EP wins the Bemidji tournament and rises up the rankings (pic Bennett Hilden)

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Osseo/Maple Grove (Black) 3 WWW
2 East Metro 2 WLWW
3 Eden Prairie 6 WWWWWW
4 Hermantown 11 WTWW
5 Elk River 10 WWTW
6 Bemidji (Blue) 15 WWWL
7 East Grand Forks (Green) 16 WWWLL
8 Minnetonka (Blue) 6 LWLWW
9 Coon Rapids 10 W
10 Eastview 8 DNP


Pretty big shakeup all over the board in PWB this week. OMG Black is the new No. 1 team at the level, the Leafbirds have the most wins in the state with 31. What put OMG Black at the top was a win over No. 2 East Metro 3-2 in a shootout this week. Eden Prairie was a huge mover this week from unranked to No. 3. The Eagles defeated previous No. 4 Minnetonka Blue and No. 5 East Grand Forks Green: en route to a championship win in the Bemidji tournament. Hermantown also won a tournament this weekend, as the No. 4 Hawks won their home tournament. 

Squirt A

Woodbury Royal continues to impress heading into the Squirtacular

Rank Team District Last Week JAN 2 Rank
1 Woodbury Royal 8 W 1
2 Moorhead 15 W 3
3 Andover 10 WWWW 4
4 Chaska/Chanhassen 6 WWWW 5
5 Park-Cottage Grove 8 LWW 2
6 Woodbury Black 8 WW 7
7 OMG Crimson 3 WWWWT 9
8 Minnetonka 6 DNP 10
9 Orono 3 LW 6
10 Stillwater 2 WLW 8


A lot of swirl last weekend as we approach the YHH Squirtacular. Andover heads up north and wins the Star of the North title at Yanmar Arena.  The Huskies may have what it takes to win the coveted skates for the first time. Defending Squirtacular champ - Chaska/Chan - won't fool anyone this year. The Stormhaws eeked past OMG Crimson Sunday in Blaine.  Host Thief River Falls won their home tourney on Sunday and are a threat for top-10 honors very soon.

Squirt B

Rank Team District Last Week
1 Chaska/Chanhassen (Gold) 6 WWWW
2 Moorhead (Black) 15 DNP
3 Mesabi East 12 DNP
4 Worthington 4 T
5 Waconia 6 WWL
6 Faribault 9 L
7 Chisago Lakes 2 WWW
8 Sauk Rapids 5 WWW
9 Osseo/Maple Grove (Black) 3 WWW
10 Mankato (Black) 9 WWWW


The top two stay the same in SQB this week, but undefeated Mesabi East takes a huge leap from No. 7 to No. 3. Worthington has the most wins at the Squirt B level, with 18 wins the Trojans jump up four spots to No. 4 this week. No. 5 Waconia had a big win for their resume, defeating No. 6 Faribault 4-2. Newly ranked Mankato Black is now 8-1-0 and coming off a weekend with 4 wins. 

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