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MN High School Hockey Headlines

Tonka! Everyone knew Minnetonka would be really good, but they've just steamrolled everyone so far. They've given up only a single goal in four games, and have averaged over 7 per game. Of course, most people already knew they were better than everyone else. The real question is how they'll stack up against sectional rival Eden Prairie

Wayzata! Wayzata had a huge week last week knocking off powerhouse programs Centennial and Duluth East, and moving up to 9th in the Top 10. The only problem is that even at 9th in the state, they're still ranked 4th in their own section behind top five teams Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Benilde.

Benik! Joey Benik got to play on FSN last week against East Ridge in East Ridge HS's first ever game. It was about what you'd expect. Benik finished with three goals, one an empty-netter. Benik is definitely talented, but comparing his goal totals to other players is like comparing dollars to pesos.

Kids! Apple Valley might be a team to watch in the metro area. They've got a pretty impressive collection of young talent. Hudson Fasching may be the best freshman in the state. He already has five goals on the season. They've got three sophomores worth watching as well in forward AJ Michaelson, defenseman Derek Smith, and defenseman Vince Pedrie. Pedrie joined the Apple Valley program after playing for the '94 Chicago Mission team, which has been pretty dominant in their age group.

Below Their Weight Class! Breck is off to a good start to the season, blowing out top Class A teams Red Wing and Mahtomedi. They'll face a tough test tomorrow when they take on that other Twin Cities private school that won't play in Class AA, St. Thomas

Television! FSN will be showing those two Twin Cities private schools that actually do play up in Class AA tomorrow night when Benilde takes on Hill-Murray. Thursday night should be pretty cool as they're showing a double-header with Stillwater and Roseville playing in girl's hockey and boy's hockey in back-to-back games. The boy's teams are just average, but both are very strong girl's programs.