Boys Class AA Part Preview: Who Will Win the 2023 State Title? – Rink Stay

Boys highschool hockey is formally upon us. Video games begin this week and there are many top-10 match-ups occurring over Thanksgiving weekend. Discover out who Rink Stay has picked to win every class this yr in 2022-23.

Part champion in 2022: Lakeville South (25-5)
Our Choose for 2023: Lakeville South

As we hear the Cougars have misplaced their finest ahead, Tanner Ludtke, who shall be staying within the USHL this season with Lincoln. That being stated, Lakeville South has loads of expertise to interchange Ludtke. The workforce nonetheless has prime scorers Aidan Willis and Ashton Dahmes, in addition to goaltender Jack Hochsprung, who had among the best performances within the Higher Midwest Elite League this fall. There are many different gamers who might go ahead and hold the Cougars within the No. 1 place.

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Lakeville South defenseman Tyler Lafferty (7) acknowledges the followers after scoring towards Hill-Murray through the third interval Thursday, March 10, 2022, on the State Boys Hockey Event on the Xcel Power Middle in St. Paul.

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A workforce to observe in Part 1AA is Rochester Mayo (17-6-3). The squad has retained a ton of their roster, together with their prime three point-makers.

Lakeville North (21-7) had a strong season final yr, however prime scorer Kyle Dolla is at present skating within the NAHL. Lakeville North’s roster has not but been posted, however Doll could select to remain in Bismarck with the Bobcats. Hastings (21-5-1) additionally had loads of wins in 2021-22, however misplaced its prime two gamers to commencement.

Different groups on this class embrace Farmington (8–16–1), Owatonna (10–15–1), Rochester Century (12–11–1) and Rochester John Marshall (8–17).

Part champion in 2022: Pryor Lake (19-12)
Our choose for 2023: Minnetonka

The Lakers have been within the state event final yr beneath the management of Alex Bump, who has graduated. Not solely does the workforce lose the Bump, they lose virtually all of their level manufacturing. Trevor Boschee, Jackson Anderson, Riley Duber, Sam Rice, Justin Kingery, and Will Schumacher are all graduates. Pryor Lake has some rebuilding to do earlier than heading again to the Xcel Power Middle.

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Pryor Lake ahead Alex Bump (19) celebrates a purpose towards East Grand Forks through the first interval at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Jason Wachter / The Rink Stay

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Our choose for Part 2AA is Minnetonka (16-10-1). The Skippers have an ideal pool of expertise, and are coated in some proficient transfers. Minnetonka shall be led by Jon Stout on the blue line, and forwards Alex Lansky, Jevon Moore, Hagen Burroughs together with transfers Max Krebsbach (Mound Westonka) and Sam Schatz (Chaska).

There are lots of extra groups in 2AA that can compete for the No. 1 title. This consists of Chanhassen (19-6-1) who has retained virtually all of its key gamers, that are Gavin Uhlenkamp, ​​Jack Christ, Tyler Smith and Caden Lee. Additionally they choose up goalkeeper Kam Hendrickson from Holy Household as a switch.

Eden Prairie (15-12) will discover success with extremely regarded prospect Teddy Townsend on their workforce. Holy Household shall be a contender with Parker Osborne, and Shakopee is a younger however very proficient workforce to keep watch over.

Different groups in 2AA embrace Chaska (22-6) and Bloomington Jefferson (10-16), who each misplaced their prime gamers.

Part champion in 2022: Cretin-Durham Corridor (24-5)
Our Choose for 2023: Cretin-Durham Corridor

The Raiders misplaced some key items to their roster, together with Marco Belak in purpose, however they nonetheless have loads of depth to fill these holes. Northern Michigan commit Jake Fischer is main the Higher Midwest Elite League in scoring, and may very well be a Mr. Hockey finalist within the spring. The Purple and Gold even have Division I expertise in Attila Lippai in Colton Jamieson to spherical out the workforce.

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Gamers at Cretin-Derham Corridor collect across the purpose previous to their recreation towards Prior Lake on Thursday, March 10, 2022, within the state hockey event on the Xcel Power Middle in St. Paul.

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Though we predict C-DH will take the title, keep watch over Eastview. The Lightning returned practically all of their prime gamers, together with John Kish and Zack Wooten, with Jay Soveren in purpose.

Rosemount (12-14-1), St. Thomas Academy (13-13-1), and Park of Cottage Grove (13-11-1), once more poised for strong seasons.

A brand new co-op of Eagan (9-17) and Apple Valley/Burnsville completes this part.

Part champion in 2022: Hill-Murray (25-5-1)
Our choose for 2023: Stillwater

This part is a little bit of a toss-up. Hill-Murray gained the title in 2022, however they misplaced Axel Begley and a pair of Mr. Hockey finalists in Leo Gruba and Dylan Godbout.

The Pioneers might nonetheless be an excellent workforce in 2022-23, however we choose Stillwater (17-9-1) to win Part 4AA this season. The Ponies appear to be they’re dropping Cam Brear to the USHL, as he’s not at present listed on the workforce’s roster, however they maintain Riley Scuza, Ty Tukitto, and goalie Tomas Anderson.

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Hill-Murray defenseman Axel Begley (26) is tackled by teammate Hill-Murray defenseman Leo Gruba (11) through the first interval towards Hill-Murray on the State Boys Hockey Event on Thursday, March 10, 2022 on the Excel Power Middle. Hug after. in St. Paul’s.

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White Bear Lake (16-11), led by St. Cloud State commit Nolan Roed, may very well be a harmful workforce, as might Gentry Academy. we are going to see.

The opposite groups in Part 4AA are Woodbury (13–13), Tartan/North (15–10–1), Roseville (11–15–1), and East Ridge (8–17–1).

Part champion in 2022: Maple Grove (23-7-1)
Our Choose for 2023: Maple Grove

There are some query marks surrounding the Crimson, however Maple Grove has loads of expertise to stay on the prime of Part 5AA.

Stand-out ahead Finn Brink ought to return for the workforce this season, however we’ve got but to listen to whether or not Landon Gunderson will return to highschool or keep within the USHL. If Gunderson does return to Maple Grove, it’s seemingly that he won’t play for the workforce instantly because of the harm. He’s at present on injured reserve for the Madison Capitals.

Blake Steinerson had an ideal season within the UMHSEL, so search for the large ahead to change into an enormous a part of the Crimson offense, and Luke Margenau to be strong on the blue line.

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Maple Grove ahead Finn Brink (27) celebrates his purpose towards Andover through the first interval on the State Boys Hockey Event on the Xcel Power Middle in St. Paul, Saturday, March 12, 2022.

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Maple Grove is the favourite to win the category, however Rogers (19-8-1) goes to offer him a run for his cash. The Royals returned senior abilities Chase Cheslock and Sam Ranallo and introduced in ultra-talented younger forwards Mason Jansen and Parker DeShane. He shall be a drive to be reckoned with in 2022-23.

Do not forget about Champlin Park (15-11-1) and Centennial (18-6-3), as they give the impression of being set to have strong seasons.

Different groups in 5AA are Totino-Grace (9-16-1), Mounds View (8-17-1), Spring Lake Park (12-14), Irondale-St. Anthony (7-18-2), and Oso (4-20-2).

Part champion in 2022: Edina (22-9)
Our choose for 2023: Edina

Part 6AA is onerous. Edina could have an edge early on by retaining its goaltender Robbie Clarkowski, in addition to prime defensemen Barrett Dexheimer and Eddie Revenig, and elite forwards Jackson Nevers and Matt Vandervoort.

Benilde-St. Margaret may have a great workforce this yr. It does lose a number of stars from 2021-22, however nonetheless has Drew Stewart, Michael Risto and goaltender Mason McElroy. The Crimson Knights additionally switch Wes Berg from Gentry Academy.

Wayzata (17-9-1) shall be strong with prime netminder Will Ingman.

Academy of Holy Angels (21-5-1) can even be a prime contender on this class, that includes the excellent Henry Lechner and up-and-coming younger expertise.

Different groups in Part 6AA are Blake (17–10), St. Louis Park (11–14–1), Hopkins (6–19), and Armstrong/Cooper (7–16–3).

Part champion in 2022: Andover (25-5-1)
Our choose for 2023: Andover

The Huskies are actually the one possibility in 7AA. The reigning state champions return three of their prime gamers, Gavin Thorson, Cayden Casey and Cooper Conway, all Division I commitments. It will be very troublesome for anybody on this section to upset Andover for the section title.

Grand Rapids (20-7-1) ought to have a great season. Blaine (14-9-4), Coon Rapids (10-16), and Forest Lake (13-13-1) all had 10 or extra wins in 2021-22.

Duluth East (8-18-1), Cloquet-Esco Carlton (8-17-2), Enoke (9-17), Duluth Marshall (7-18-1), and Northern Edge (6-19-1) spherical out of part.

Part champion in 2022: Moorhead (22-8-1)
Our choose for 2023: Moorhead

The Spuds are lacking loads this yr. We now have discovered that Harper Bentz (USHL – Fargo), Joe Grammer (USHL – Des Moines) or Joe Schiller (USHL – Cedar Rapids) won’t return for his or her senior seasons. That being stated, there’s nonetheless some expertise in Moorhead, particularly amongst its youthful gamers. Part 8AA is not a robust part this yr, so if the Spuds can piece issues collectively by the playoffs, they will seemingly be again within the state event.

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Moorhead gamers look on as Andover celebrates their victory through the second time beyond regulation within the State Boys Hockey Event on the Xcel Power Middle in St. Paul, Friday, March 11, 2022.

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Roseau (21-5-1) misplaced prime defenseman Thor Byfuglien and Mr. Hockey Max Strand to commencement, so that they’ll have some huge sneakers to fill.

Elk River/Zimmerman (19-8-1) had a great document final yr, so they may advance to 8AA.

The remainder of the Part 8AA groups are Sartel-St. Stephen (15-11), Buffalo (10-16), St. Cloud (7-16-3), St. Michael-Albertville (10-17), Bemidji (8-16-2), and Brainerd (6-19- 2).

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