Providence Academy at Holy Angels
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20
The offseason conference shuffle brought both of these programs to new homes.
Holy Angels, which dominated the Missota Conference, had to seek out a new home when the league disbanded this summer, eventually settling in the Tri-Metro Conference.
But that move triggered another round of shuffling when several Tri-Metro schools, including Providence Academy, jumped ship to form the new Independent Metro Athletic Conference.
Is there bad blood between the two? We could find out Thursday night when the Stars host the Lions.
Providence Academy lost its top five scorers from last year’s six-win team and expects a bigger season from senior Lucas Tapani, who looks strong after suffering through two years of injuries. The Lions also picked up a key transfer in freshman goalie Jacob Sibell, who had started at Cambridge-Isanti since he was a seventh-grader.
Owen Larson, Marshall Barnes, Rex Riley, Cooper Sande, Scott McNamara and Joe Sullivan return for Holy Angels, giving the Stars a sextet of seniors who all had between 22 and nine points last winter.