Well, the 2013-14 Minnesota State High School Hockey League has begun it's season, and we have already seen a lot of great games on the young season. As promised, I am going to make my predictions for the 2014 Class A and Class AA State Champions and Runner-Ups, as well as my prediction on who will win the 2014 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. Please check back here often as I will be releasing a prediction every few days or so.
I am going to start with how I think the seedings for the State Tournament will shake out (assuming all of the teams I predicted to advance to the State Tournament indeed make it). Those seedings have been posted for Class A, and Class AA will be posted as soon as I announce my predictions for the Class A State Champion and Runner-Up.
Then, I will be periodically posting who I think will win each game until we get to the Championship game. At that time I will post the winner and the runner-up on both this page and the main High School page on this website. As always, I would appreciate hearing any and all feedback you might have!
HERMANTOWN vs ST. PAUL ACADEMY
If this game does happen, I think it will be a much better game that most people would anticipate. Both teams are putting a lot of pucks in the net already this season, with Hermantown averaging 5.17 and St. Paul Academy averaging 5.2. The main difference is that Hermantown has been doing it against Class A's 6th hardest schedule so far while St. Paul Academy has played Class A's 25th most difficult schedule. I think this will be a high scoring affair with Hermantown edging out St. Paul Academy in the end. FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: 6-5
A magical season for St. Cloud Cathedral ended in heart break as they lost to Hermantown in the Class A, Section 5 championship last season. This season they move to Section 6 and look to finish what they started last year. They will be without the services of Austin Poganski, however, as he has elected to make the move to the USHL with Tri-City. With starting goaltender Connor Amundson also gone, it will be up to players like Tommy Hall to pick up the scoring slack.