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allstatebenders



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:58 pm    Post subject: A Previews Reply with quote

Everyone is talking about AA... Who has some Single A section/state predictions?
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rainier



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- Luverne
4A- St. Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seeds
1. Breck
2. STA
3. Hermantown
4. Hibbing

I think the title is Breck's to lose, but STA and Hermantown are not far behind. Hibbing would be the darkhorse and could scare the top three, but would have to play a near perfect game to beat a stacked team like Breck.

Can't wait to see how this season pans out!
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steviewonder



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breck will be very tough to beat this year as they will be able to roll 3
strong lines.
[u]
2 top lines could be the best in the state.[/u]
Opperman(Mr Hockey candidate) centering one line with Lindstrom and Colford (Juniors) on the wings.

Anderle centering the Iverson boys (Wes and Keegan) on the next line.

3rd line has a big strong kid (Higgs) that transferred from out east
along with 2 speedsters (O'Connor and Hedricks)

Defense
Is anchored by 2 seniors- All State candidate Austin Rudnick
and Ben Techmeyer.
Derrick Witala who has a year of varsity experience and newcomer Otto Haeg are two very skilled sophomore defenseman that will also be asked to play big roles this year.
2 senior newcomers (Oesterlie and Lawrence) will also see plenty of ice time.

Goalie
Senior Jack Kenney has earned the starting spot but will be pushed
by a very good sophomore from the St. Louis Park bantam A state tournament team (Henry Johnson)

Should be a fun team to watch.
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mnhockeybum



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Opperman, Anderle and Rudnick are sick. All 3 could be Mr. Hockey finalists.

Breck will go as far as their goalie takes them.
Kenny has to become more consistent for Breck to be a great team.
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whlscout



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with hockeybum.
Breck will score lots of goals but are they willing to play defense?

Also, what is the status of Keegan Iverson?
Is he going to Portland after the season or will he stay at Breck?
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Shinbone_News



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd give Hibbing better odds, they're returning most of their state tourney talent including Adam Johnson (though I will say he didn't make nearly as much noise in Elites as the Breck boys). I won't quibble with Breck being best, but I think STA and Hermantown are NOT locked ahead of Hibbing because they lost a lot of senior firepower. First games will be interesting.

For some reason, I have a feeling Blake is going to give Breck fits this year too -- return the "favor" of last year's results. Just an intuition. Stranger things have happened (WBL beating H-M for example).
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observer



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For some reason, I have a feeling Blake is going to give Breck fits this year too.


That's is a funny feeling. Breck is pretty solid this year but Blake will be way down in comparison to recent years. When they face each other I'll pick Breck by 5-6.
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Hockeywatcher123



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think it is between breck sta and hermantown. i would give brck the edge when it comes to forwrds although sta will have a very good top line with johnson krieger and commers but not much depth after that. i would give hermantown the edge in better defence and sta the edge in goal. it will be interesting how hermantowns goaltending will be.
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GordonBombay99



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- New Ulm
4A- St Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seads in order I predict will be...STA, Breck, Hermantown, Little Falls.

The title game will be between STA and Breck with STA winning.

Of coarse its only a preseason prediction and we all know how well those seem to turn out.
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northernhockey13



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is Totino going to be this year?
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greenway1969



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totino has the potential to go to the X and win it all. The problem for them is that they are in the same section as St. Thomas.
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puckster15



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Rochester Lourdes - STA Scrimmage Reply with quote

I know it was only a scrimmage, but I heard STA beat Lourdes 8-2 last weekend. I agree with most of the posts that Breck and Hermantown appear to be strong, much stronger than Lourdes.
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Chalktalk



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about New Prague in 1A? With a solid group of juniors and a good coach, can they take out Lourdes?

GordonBombay99 wrote:
1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- New Ulm
4A- St Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seads in order I predict will be...STA, Breck, Hermantown, Little Falls.

The title game will be between STA and Breck with STA winning.

Of coarse its only a preseason prediction and we all know how well those seem to turn out.
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Huskiesfan16



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know, how's the weather in New Prague this time of year Laughing
Chalktalk wrote:
What about New Prague in 1A? With a solid group of juniors and a good coach, can they take out Lourdes?

GordonBombay99 wrote:
1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- New Ulm
4A- St Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seads in order I predict will be...STA, Breck, Hermantown, Little Falls.

The title game will be between STA and Breck with STA winning.

Of coarse its only a preseason prediction and we all know how well those seem to turn out.
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urban iceman



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Prague returns its very good freshman line from last year and its top goalie. With a few seniors with expirience returning they should be formidable. They will be small but very fast with some newcomers from Bantams that should step in nicely. Some ?'s on D tho! Lourdes will be returning their top scoring line with ?'s on D also and a new goalie.
Chalktalk wrote:
What about New Prague in 1A? With a solid group of juniors and a good coach, can they take out Lourdes?

GordonBombay99 wrote:
1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- New Ulm
4A- St Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seads in order I predict will be...STA, Breck, Hermantown, Little Falls.

The title game will be between STA and Breck with STA winning.

Of coarse its only a preseason prediction and we all know how well those seem to turn out.
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Zamman



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mnhockeybum wrote:
Opperman, Anderle and Rudnick are sick. All 3 could be Mr. Hockey finalists.

Breck will go as far as their goalie takes them.
Kenny has to become more consistent for Breck to be a great team.


I could be wrong but please get the spelling right, it is Kenney with an EY not Y. I have the same issue, we share the same last name.
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GordonBombay99



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

urban iceman wrote:
New Prague returns its very good freshman line from last year and its top goalie. With a few seniors with expirience returning they should be formidable. They will be small but very fast with some newcomers from Bantams that should step in nicely. Some ?'s on D tho! Lourdes will be returning their top scoring line with ?'s on D also and a new goalie.
Chalktalk wrote:
What about New Prague in 1A? With a solid group of juniors and a good coach, can they take out Lourdes?

GordonBombay99 wrote:
1A- Rochester Lourdes
2A- Breck
3A- New Ulm
4A- St Thomas Academy
5A- Hermantown
6A- Little Falls
7A- Hibbing
8A- Warroad

Top 4 seads in order I predict will be...STA, Breck, Hermantown, Little Falls.

The title game will be between STA and Breck with STA winning.

Of coarse its only a preseason prediction and we all know how well those seem to turn out.

Oh im not trying to say New Prague doesnt have a chance, Lourdes was just my predictions, both teams have some great depth and talent to make this a very interesting section, I wouldnt be shocked if New Prague beat Lourdes either.
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