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HS Hockey Round-up

It was a big weekend for high school hockey last weekend, and there were some pretty interesting upsets that shook things up a little bit.

In Section 1AA, top seed Rochester Mayo was upset by fourth seed Rochester Century. Century isn't all that talented this year, but they're a very well-coached team. Century will play Lakeville South for the right to go to St. Paul, though neither should do much at the state tournament.

In Section 4AA, Tartan was the top-seed and a feel-good story in a section usually dominated by Hill-Murray and White Bear Lake. Instead, Tartan was upset by eighth seed St. Paul Johnson in the section quarterfinals. It's a nice win for the Governors. Johnson was a hockey power through the 40's, 50's, and 60's, but like most public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, hasn't really been able to compete since.

I had mentioned Apple Valley as a sleeper team to watch, though I lacked to guts to outright pick them over Section 3AA top seed Woodbury, but Apple Valley knocked them off 2-0, and will play Cretin-Derham Hall in the section final.

Everything else in Class AA went as you might expect, though Duluth East suffered a major scare when they were taken into overtime by Forest Lake. Forest Lake took a 2-1 lead into the third period despite being outshot 40-13. East managed to score once on 15 shots in the third period, and ended up winning in overtime.

The biggest games of this week will be on Thursday at Mariucci Arena, when Bloomington Jefferson and Edina will meet in a match-up of the state's two best teams, followed by Eden Prairie taking on Minnetonka.

Everything went pretty much as expected in Class A. The top two seeds are still alive in every section, except Section 1A where Rochester Lourdes knocked off second seed New Prague.