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Top Games: Section 1 foes Lakeville North and Farmington square off

By Tim Kolehmainen, Sport Ngin, 11/24/14, 2:15PM CST

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Lakeville North celebrates after defeating Eden Prairie 5-4 in double overtime in the Class 2A state semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center on March 7. Star Tribune photo by Jim Gehrz

The first few weeks of the Minnesota boys’ high school hockey season consist of many nonconference, non-section games that don’t necessarily have a huge bearing on the way the rest of the season plays out, but are capable of providing fun matchups that fans wouldn’t otherwise see.

With a few exceptions.

One of those “games that matter” is Tuesday night when Lakeville North, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 2A coaches poll, visits unranked Farmington. The game is a rematch of the Class 2A, Section 1 championship from a year ago and features two programs definitely on the rise.

The Panthers defeated the Tigers 6-0 in the title game, a victory that not only ended Farmington's 18-game winning streak, but also propelled Lakeville North to the state tournament.

A rematch this early in the season makes this our top Game of the Week.

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Moorhead's Jack Stetz (21) throws his arms up as he and his teammates celebrated the win. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com