Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

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HockeyFan1969
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Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by HockeyFan1969 » Tue May 05, 2020 11:11 am

Lots of threads here about the top programs and tons of discussion of their players. I am curious about teams that might be considered darkhorses that could somehow either make a miracle run to state or maybe a deep section run. I am not thinking a team like LVN, CDH or Prior Lake, thinking more along the lines of a Hastings, East Ridge or Totino type club. Similar to Chaska last year. Who has a few top end guys, rising young guys, or a stud tender who could help someone surprise or who has an underrated deep team who could make a deep run. Might be fun to hear some new teams and names around here than anotherr discussion of Edina or (ducks) Hermantown. Who ya like outside the usual suspects?

TheNightman
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by TheNightman » Tue May 05, 2020 11:16 am

Centennial jumps out as a team that should be a lot better than they have been recently.

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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by Stang5280 » Tue May 05, 2020 2:59 pm

In Class A, here are some teams who could jump up and grab state tournament slots outside of the usual suspects.
1A: Dodge County
2A: Armstrong/Cooper
4A: Gentry Academy
5A: Chisago Lakes
6A: Little Falls
7A: Duluth Denfeld

3A and 8A don’t really have any likely candidates.

Other teams that should be much improved are Fergus Falls, Tartan, and Sartell.

SEC Scotty
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by SEC Scotty » Tue May 05, 2020 6:19 pm

Maybe not a long shot but Stillwater could make some noise.

chester1991
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by chester1991 » Wed May 06, 2020 9:47 am

Section 1AA Northfield

Section 2AA Shakopee

Section 3AA No surprise team

Section 4AA Roseville

Section 5AA Totino Grace and Champlin Park

Section 6AA Holy Angeles

Section 7AA No surprise team

Section 8AA Rogers

ThatMNHockeyGuy62
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by ThatMNHockeyGuy62 » Wed May 06, 2020 10:36 am

chester1991 wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 9:47 am
Section 1AA Northfield

Section 2AA Shakopee

Section 3AA No surprise team

Section 4AA Roseville

Section 5AA Totino Grace and Champlin Park

Section 6AA Holy Angeles

Section 7AA No surprise team

Section 8AA Rogers
2AA is about to get even more interesting. Chanhassen and Shakopee should make some noise in the next 5 or so years. Sections alignments could be different by then, but probably not too much.

SEC Scotty
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by SEC Scotty » Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:01 pm

chester1991 wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 9:47 am
Section 1AA Northfield

Section 2AA Shakopee

Section 3AA No surprise team

Section 4AA Roseville

Section 5AA Totino Grace and Champlin Park

Section 6AA Holy Angeles

Section 7AA No surprise team

Section 8AA Rogers
Curious about what’s going on with Roseville. I had heard they were having a hard time fielding a JV team.

Hey all you East side guys, any buzz on the Pioneers?

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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by SpreadOut! » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:32 pm

TheNightman wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 11:16 am
Centennial jumps out as a team that should be a lot better than they have been recently.
I don’t see them having much of a chance to beat Maple Grove, though, in 5AA. Upsets can happen in sections but if MG has everyone back who should be back they will be very tough to beat, not only in 5AA, but state as well.

PuckNA
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by PuckNA » Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:27 am

I wouldn't discount them, they had two 1 goal games last year (one in OT) and they only lose 1 senior of any significance, this group should be best of last 3 years. MG should return same amount of junior class as well, wouldn't bet the house on TG, Blaine, or Champlin.

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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by goldy313 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:52 pm

1AA Hastings..... aside from playing in the TRME and being screwed by the refs last year they do do return some really good players in a not very deep section.

Wise Old Man
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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by Wise Old Man » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:05 am

Personally, I think the Covid "Pandemics" are being vastly underrated but, that's just me.... :mrgreen:

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Re: Darkhorse teams for 2020-2021

Post by RoseauHockeyFan » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:55 pm

:lol:

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