2018-19 Season

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by highgloveside » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:28 pm

Any surprise teams thus far into the season? good or bad. Be nice to gauge how the season will go after the first wave of games.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by jg2112 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 pm

I do think it's a bit difficult to claim surprises so early. With that in mind, I think Forest Lake and GRG are looking very good so far.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by MNHockeyFan » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:57 pm

jg2112 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:34 pm
I do think it's a bit difficult to claim surprises so early. With that in mind, I think Forest Lake and GRG are looking very good so far.
In Class 2A it's been far too long since a northern team has been a bonafide statewide contender. Good to see GRG surprise at this point in the season.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by jg2112 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:34 am

On the outstate issue, I think GRG, Brainerd and Roseau will have very successful 2A seasons. GRG's issue will be dealing with Andover or FL in sections.

I'll bring up my pet issue again. This would be a really good year to remove the sections and have an open postseason tourney. I don't think anyone would argue with a hypothetical State tournament with: Andover, Blake, Brainerd, Eden Prairie, Edina, Forest Lake, Maple Grove, and Wayzata (with GRG, Roseau, Eagan, Tonka and Elk River right there). Those are probably the top 8 teams so far. Instead only 5 of those teams, at most, will make State. In the meantime, here's the current state of Section 4AA:

Hill-Murray is 3-3 and lost 7-1 to Edina yesterday;
Stillwater is 3-3 and lost 6-1 to Hill-Murray;
Roseville is 3-3;
North St. Paul / Tartan is 3-5-1;
White Bear Lake is 2-5 and loses three D1 players after this year;
Mounds View is 1-6;
Woodbury is 1-4-1;
Irondale is 1-7.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by zooomx » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:33 am

jg2112 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:34 am
On the outstate issue, I think GRG, Brainerd and Roseau will have very successful 2A seasons. GRG's issue will be dealing with Andover or FL in sections.

I'll bring up my pet issue again. This would be a really good year to remove the sections and have an open postseason tourney. I don't think anyone would argue with a hypothetical State tournament with: Andover, Blake, Brainerd, Eden Prairie, Edina, Forest Lake, Maple Grove, and Wayzata (with GRG, Roseau, Eagan, Tonka and Elk River right there). Those are probably the top 8 teams so far. Instead only 5 of those teams, at most, will make State. In the meantime, here's the current state of Section 4AA:

Hill-Murray is 3-3 and lost 7-1 to Edina yesterday;
Stillwater is 3-3 and lost 6-1 to Hill-Murray;
Roseville is 3-3;
North St. Paul / Tartan is 3-5-1;
White Bear Lake is 2-5 and loses three D1 players after this year;
Mounds View is 1-6;
Woodbury is 1-4-1;
Irondale is 1-7.
7 of 8 state participants were Metro last year. I think the sections are already skewed enough for the Metro. :roll: My argument has always been, if you can't get out of sections... well you fill in the rest.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by massalsa » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:59 pm

highgloveside wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Any surprise teams thus far into the season? good or bad. Be nice to gauge how the season will go after the first wave of games.

10 bullet points of note (some related and some not):

1. Andover, Edina, Blake, and Warroad appear to be the best 4 teams at this point in the season.

2. Andover has a dynamic scoring line that has overwhelmed teams again this year. Graduated Butorac and inserted Krause. They may have some resistance this week vs MG and Tonka but then most likely will steamroll everyone until the final of the Schwans Cup vs Blake.

3. Edina did not have their best game vs Andover and then had a lights out 5 minutes versus Blake and held on for the win. Tonights game vs Breck could be interesting (as in years past) but I expect Edina to outshoot Breck 2-1 and win by a couple of goals. They are the most balanced and deep team in the state (shocker!) but they could lose to Breck, Wayzata or EP (they always play them tough) before the Blake rematch mid January.

4. Blake has the best 1st line in the state when Burton, Delianedis, and Daniel are together. Madeline Wethington is the most dynamic/impactful player in the state and she proved it by scoring all 3 goals against Edina. Goaltending is the biggest question for Blake. Secondarily an incredible performance from a goalie is the other way Blake could lose to a lessor team. They will average 40+ shots a game until they most likely face Andover after Christmas.

5. Wayzata is the at least the 4th best team in the state today and arguably had as good a game against Blake as Edina did. The Trojan is legit and will most likely have less than 5 losses this season. They COULD win the Lake Conference with 2 great games vs Edina. They are fast and can both score and defend very well. As JG has stated in the past it is too bad they are in same section with Edina and Blake.

6. Warroad appears to have dominated Breck last Friday night. Shots were 43-23. It is possible that Warroad had a great game and Breck did not and would love an opinion of anyone that saw the game. Warroad has a legitimate shot to be undefeated this season until the state championship vs Breck. Brainerd and Roseau (2x) are the biggest potential roadblocks to perfection. BTW...WARROAD HAS ONLY GIVEN UP 3 GOALS THIS SEASON!!! YES...3 GOALS ON 132 SHOTS!

7. Minnetonka has been disappointing so far outside of their game vs Warroad. MINNETONKA IS THE ONLY TEAM TO SCORE AGAINST WARROAD THIS SEASON! Looking at HP/USA Hockey stuff they may have as much high end talent as almost anyone other than Blake and Edina (and in the next year or two Andover) but they have been unable to capitalize on that talent to be .500 after 8 games.

8. I have not dug as deep into the box scores but Hill Murray and White Bear Lake are both down like JG showed earlier in thread. Can't tell what it is with WBL but they have not been the same team in my very "not in the loop" opinion since the parents/players/other revolted against the unpaid assistant coach last season (I think?). The guy that wrote some great LPH articles over the last bunch of years. Hill lost a great goalie and maybe a skater to Gentry but they still are the top destination on the East side of town correct?

9. Forest Lake making it happen without their returning junior goalie. Tonka is the best team they have faced so far in 5 games.

10. Which Ms. Goalie candidate faces more shots on average per game at the end of the season? Pahl is averaging 44/game and Harnett is averaging 48.5/game.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by MNHockeyFan » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:59 am

All great observations, massalsa. Following up adding a few comments from yesterday's action...

> Mayo goalie and Gopher recruit Makayla Pahl stopped 56 of 58 shots, staking Mayo to a 3-2 upset over John Marshall. Impressive!

> If 3 is "a couple" you were correct in your prediction in Edina's 7-4 win against Breck. With save percentages of .867 and .811 respectively, goaltending appears to have been an issue for both teams in this one.

> Will Breck's defeat allow Warroad to take over as No. 1 in Class A?

> White Bear Lake came back from an 0-2 deficit to Rochester Lourdes to score a goal in the 2nd, the 3rd and the overtime to pull out a 3-2 win. Amazingly Lourdes outshot White Bear 16-1 in the first period which apparently awakened the Bears from hibernation.

> No. 1 Andover escaped losing their top ranking with a narrow 2-1 win over Maple Grove. UMD recruit Gabby Krause with the winning goal. Andover faces another challenge when the square off against No. 12 Tonka.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:31 pm

Clearly Warroad will be #1 in Class A. They are currently still undefeated and beat Breck in Breck's building 3-0 last Friday. Warroad will probably retain that ranking into the state tournament in February.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by massalsa » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:02 pm

Warroad is the favorite in the rest of the games they play until the state championship assuming that Breck is the #2 seed. Brainerd and Roseau (x2) are the only 2 teams that have a decent chance to beat Warroad prior to the title game. They have some really nice players and quite frankly not much competition the rest of the season. Brainerd has a really nice goalie and some really nice players that "could" score some goals against them and the same could be said for Roseau.

Breck would have to get some quality wins against Wayzata, Edina (Xmas tourney), Andover and/or Blake to be considered #1 over them. I do believe that Breck will be much improved at the end of the season due to their rigorous schedule. They potentially have the hardest schedule in the state from December 27 to January 10 when they could play Edina and then Blake/Andover/Wayzata. Then play Blake/MG/EP over the last 2 weeks of season. They will certainly be more battle tested when they play Warroad again in the state champ. I like their chances to repeat...

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:56 am

All very good points. Of course, Warroad may add a couple of players between now and the state tourney. :D

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:56 am

All very good points. Of course, Warroad may add a couple of players between now and the state tourney. :D

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by MNHockeyFan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:04 pm

Tonka 2, Andover 1
Wow, looks like Edina will take over as No. 1 in the next ranking.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by massalsa » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:00 pm

Was getting ready to post that final. Good to see the Skippers put a game together against Andover. A D1 committed sophomore goalie, clearly a really strong D core on paper, and I would argue a better than average F group surrounding an elite Martin. They will make the Lake more interesting if they get their swagger back and start playing with a lot of confidence.

Maybe they just could not get over the hump against some early solid opponents...good goaltending makes a huge difference in these close games with any team.

See BSM v Edina last night. The 10th grade BSM goalie Greene made 37 saves on 41 shots against Edina...she made 48 saves on 51 shots last year to lose to Blake in OT.

There appears to be a nice group of goalies that are playing well from 8th - 10th grade in MN HS hockey right now. They will be a big factor down the stretch as these younger teams get more confidence and experience offensively.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by MNHockeyFan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:34 pm

Game notes:
> Maple Grove came back from a three goal deficit to score three in the second, one in the third and the winner in overtime to beat Blaine 5-4 OT.

> Wayzata came back from being two goals down, scoring two in the second and four straight in the third to win 6-4.

> Edina gave up a first period goal to Grand Rapids but responded with two in the second and two in the third to win going away 4-1. The victory all but assures they will take over as the new No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by jg2112 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:31 pm

I find this worth watching all season. According to KRACH, here is the predicted AA state tournament field as of today based on highest KRACH ranking per section, with the teams' KRACH rankings in parentheses:

1AA - Northfield (27)
2AA - Tonka (11)
3AA - Eagan (9)
4AA - Hill-Murray (20)
5AA - Maple Grove (8)
6AA - Edina (1)
7AA - Andover (3)
8AA - Roseau (7)

If a true postseason tournament was held and teams won according to rankings, the State tournament field would be:

Edina, Blake, Andover, Forest Lake, Wayzata, Grand Rapids/Greenway, Roseau and Maple Grove.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:47 pm

JG2112's arguments are becoming more and more apparent. The notion of sections for AA hockey is an outdated structure - the geographic concept doesn't hold water anymore. As JG2112 has stated before there are currently 65 teams in AA girls'hockey in MN. He opts to move one team to Class A and do a 64 team bracket. I think keeping all 65 at AA is a perfect number and here is the reasoning and format of a proposed state tournament.

* Currently, the top 6 teams and 7 of the top 10 in the KRACH ratings come from two sections (6 and 7). That means 5 of the top 10 teams will not be in the state tourney under the current section format. Further, at least 3 of those 7 teams won't even have the opportunity to play in the section final.

* There are currently 8 sections. 5 sections have 8 teams, 2 sections have 9 teams and 1 section has only 7 teams (65 total teams). It doesn't make sense to me that there is 1 section with only 7 teams and 2 sections with 9. Additionally, of the sections with 9 teams last year the scores of the 2 first round 8 vs 9 "play-in" games were both 2-1. However, both of those winners were then beaten 14-0 and 14-1 in sections 1 and 6 by the #1 seeds.

* The scores of the other first round games involving the other #1 seeds were 4-0, 5-0, 13-0, 7-2 and 6-1. That's a total combined score of 63-4 in the 7 games involving the # 1 seed in the section quarterfinals. (Section 5 only has 7 teams so its #1 seed had a bye)

* As O-townClown wrote in November he had no interest in watching some of those name those scores in the first round. I think most hockey fans would agree with that sentiment.

* So, here's the proposal: Carve out the 8 northern schools to have their own section of the bracket (Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, GR-G, Moorhead, Roseau, St. Cloud and Sartell/SR) Seed these teams 1-8 and perhaps play first round games at home and semis and finals at Sanford Center in Bemidji.

* Seed the remaining 57 teams using KRACH. To avoid those 1 vs. 8 blowout games give the 7 # 1 seeds a bye. That would leave 7 non-northern sections of 49 teams (7 teams per section). 8 teams would not qualify for the state tournament and could each get a competitive game vs one of the other 8 non-qualifiers to end their season. Interestingly, as of today all 3 Rochester teams are in that category. Use some creativity here so teams don't have to play each other 3 times in a season.

* Simply use the KRACH ratings (or some approved alternative) to serpentine the remaining seeds to make equal strength brackets. e.g, in the first round, #8 plays #49, #9 plays #48, #10 plays #47, # 11 plays #46 ...and #28 plays #29. 21 first round games in those 7 sections. Once the 8 state tourney teams are established there could be re-seeding but it would not be required because that has, theoretically, already been done.

* Arguments will be made whether or not there should be a northern section and, therefore, 1 guaranteed northern team but no opportunity for 2. Right now there are northern teams spread in 2 sections. Currently, 2 northern teams could conceivably make the state tournament or none. Andover and Forest Lake have been the powers in section 7 recently with Elk River a perennial contender. A northern team has generally come out of section 8; however, both North Wright County and Buffalo are in that section and could emerge at some point. Both of those programs will be moving to the Lake Conference next year where they will face Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins/Park, Mtka and Wayzata twice a year. They are both co-op programs with combined enrollments of 2,865 and 2,634 respectively.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by zooomx » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:03 am

You are forgetting section playoffs. These are well attended (sometimes better than the state tournament). You guys keep saying that half these teams don't get a chance to play for state, but they do. In sections playoffs. You lose in sections and you are out. You win, and you are in. Also, MSHSL would never do this just for the girls side. Would you want the boys playoffs formatted this way? Should we do this in all high school sports and basically get rid of local playoffs all together? I don't think this idea will ever take hold, nor should it.

I get that it sucks for those who are in a loaded section. But to win it all, you have to beat that #! team at some point. If you did not beat them in the regular season, and you lose to them at sections, are you still saying you deserve to go to state? You already proved you can't beat them.

This whole idea only seems attractive to the few Jan Brady teams in 2 sections. For many reasons, it will never take hold anywhere but in a forum topic. It will not happen. Section leadership would never let it happen. Outstate teams will never let it happen. Let it go.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:55 am

Section leadership? Is that what this is about? Protecting the status quo.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:59 am

I can see why an outstate team like GR-G would "never let it happen". The current structure is so much more suitable to them. They can parlay their top ten ranking into a first round home game vs. Duluth. A win there affords them a trip to Forest Lake to play a road game vs. the Rangers in the section 7AA semi-finals. If they should get by that one, why not have them play Andover in the section final at Fogerty. I really understand why you would not want to disturb the section leadership or the "local playoff" structure.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by jg2112 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:02 am

To play it out, in Body's scenario GRG would play 3 home games (or 1 and 2 neutral site games) to go to State.

In my scenario, GRG would play Irondale, then a team like Anoka or Centennial, then CDH all at home to go to State. New teams, new matchups, new experiences for all players involved. I'm not sure why this wouldn't be a positive, especially if an outstate team beat three metro schools to get to State. That team would show up as the rooting favorite for fans and maybe draw increased exposure to the tournament.

And Zooomx, don't forget that there's no such thing as "Section Leadership" to worry about if Sections don't exist.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by LOW » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:04 pm

So in this 64 or 65 team format what happens to the 1A teams? They still have a standard state tournament? Why is there no love for the 1A teams that can not only play with but beat 2A teams? Would they be allowed to enter into this tournament somehow?

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by massalsa » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:25 pm

LOW wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:04 pm
So in this 64 or 65 team format what happens to the 1A teams? They still have a standard state tournament? Why is there no love for the 1A teams that can not only play with but beat 2A teams? Would they be allowed to enter into this tournament somehow?
Below were my thoughts way back ago on the 2018/2019 Rankings & Polls thread and it could apply here...would love to see Warroad play Andover/Edina/Blake/Wayzata and others. I am guessing that if Warroad actually wins out this season they would like to know how they would have done against what in my opinion (worthless to most people) is at least 4 teams that would give them a better game than Breck at this point in the season and most likely at seasons end.
massalsa wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:43 pm
O-townClown wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:52 am

I could see if it the bottom 32 go first and 16 receive a bye and the top 16 a double bye. I have no interst in seeing Edina or Hill-Murray face * fill in the blank random bottom AA team *
I think something like this could work with reseeding the teams that make the section finals. Maybe look to host a state round of 16 games for both AA and A at the D1 representatives other than UM. Bemidji/SC/Kato/UMD. Then host the State Semi's at ridder/X whatever the MSHSL needs/wants.

An opportunity for 8 more teams from AA and A to play at a college rink and have a cool "state type experience" on a weekday night. They could go the route of D1 women and make some travel modifications for Warroad to not play Lourdes in Mankato or Luverne to not play in Duluth or Bemidji. The losers would not make it to X/Ridder but would be way cooler than playing at Parade or Red Wing or Forest Lake...

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:28 pm

Sure, Warroad and Breck - like Roseau and Blake - can elect to opt up.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by bodyup88 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:57 pm

BTW, this post was not meant to disparage any Class A programs. It was designed, more so, to show that the current format of AA hockey may be outdated. The current 53 Class A programs have more geographic merit to their sections than AA simply because there are more teams spread out into the corners of the state. And remember, Minnesota is a fairly large state.
For example:
Section 1A has Winona, Austin and Albert Lea in SE MN
Section 3A has Luvurne, Marshall, Windom and Worthington to the SW
Section 6A extends west to Morris and Fergus Falls
Section 7A includes International Falls, Eveleth, Hibbing along with Silver Bay and Duluth area teams
Section 8A has Crookston, EGF, TRF and Warroad.
Most of the AA programs are within 60 miles of Xcel Center and the arbitrary section boundaries just don't seem to make sense. Other than the 8 northern AA teams, the only other AA more than 60 miles from the X are the Rochester schools, Dodge County and Owatonna and they are all probably within 90 miles. As with most items in the world, things evolve over time and adjustments are warranted. For example in Section 4A the St. Paul public schools now have a co-op with Sibley, leaving only 5 teams in that section. Other sections have 7 or even 8 teams. What has the section leadership done to balance those numbers?
As someone has pointed out earlier, the MSHSL has already let the horse out of the barn with their Twin Cities football division (Class AAAAAA with the largest 32, er, 31 teams this year, comprising sections 3,4,5 and 6 - no one knows what happened to 1 and 2) The other 6 classes use, for the most part, geographic sections that make some sense.

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Re: 2018-19 Season

Post by Mnnstar » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:00 am

Do the Rankings change? Only one undefeated team left in AA.

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