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Edina, Mahtomedi grab top seeds for state tournament

By LOREN NELSON, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/02/19, 9:45AM CST


The 75th tournament kicks off Wednesday with the Class 1A quarterfinals. First round games in Class 2A are on Thursday.

From left, Edina defenseman Gunnar Johnson (8), defenseman Mike Vorlicky (20) and goaltender Louden Hogg (1) celebrated their team's 5-1 victory over Benilde-St. Margaret's in the section final. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Edina is the No. 1 seed in the Class 2A boys' hockey state tournament while Mahtomedi drew top seed in the Class 1A tournament next week at Xcel Energy Center.

The Hornets, winners of nine state championships as Edina and three more as Edina East, have been ranked No. 1 in the state Class 2A coaches' poll for most of the second half of the season. They suffered their only losses to Chaska and Hill-Murray and defeated tournament qualifiers Eden Prairie (three times), Moorhead, St. Thomas Academy, Lakeville South and White Bear Lake. 

Mahtomedi, making its 11th state tournament appearance, has never reached a championship game. The Zephyrs' finished the season ranked No. 2 in the state Class 1A coaches' poll and beat tournament qualifiers Greenway and St. Cloud Cathedral in the regular season.  

Click here for the Class 2A bracket and here for the Class 1A brackets.

Or read them below:

Class 2A

11 a.m. White Bear Lake (21-4-1) vs No. 2 Blaine (22-2-2)

1 p.m. Lakeville South (14-12-1) vs No. 3 Eden Prairie (17-9-2)

6 p.m. Moorhead (21-6-1) vs No. 1 Edina (24-2-1)

8 p.m. No. 5 Duluth East (18-6-2) vs No. 4 St. Thomas Academy (24-3-1)

Class 1A

11 a.m.  North Branch (19-7-2) vs. No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral (24-4-0)

1 p.m. Minnesota River (20-4-0) vs. No. 3 East Grand Forks (20-8-0)

6 p.m. New Ulm (17-8-1) vs. No. 1 Mahtomedi (21-6-1)

8 p.m. No. 5 Delano (17-9-2) vs. No. 4 Greenway (15-13-0)

Coaches in both classes met Saturday morning to determine placement in the tournament. 

Section 4 champion Mahtomedi drew the top seed in Class 1A.

The semifinals are Friday, with Class 1A games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Class 2A games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The 1A championship game is set for noon Saturday, with the 2A title game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Check back on the Hockey Hub starting Monday morning to find out who made the Star Tribune’s top 75 players in hockey state tournament history back to 1945.

Later in the day the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and all-metro teams will be revealed.

The coverage on the hockey hub continues all week with capsules previewing each quarterfinal game and more, along with in-game and post-game through the championships.

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