Lakeville South's Ryan Williams and the rest of the Cougars face their biggest rival in Lakeville North on Saturday. Photo by Loren Nelson, SportsEngine
We task our reporters with identifying several intriguing games throughout the state to assemble our Top Games of the Week. The matchups are presented in no particular order, and when there are additional games we want to highlight, we’ll include them with brief notes.
St. Michael-Albertville vs. Roseau, 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24. Senior Adam Flammang, who ranks among the state’s goal-scoring leaders with 24 tallies, leads St. Michael-Albertville (7-7-3, 2-3-1) to the Canadian border for its key Class 2A, Section 8 matchup with sophomore Max Strand (15-17-32) and Roseau (12-4-0, 3-2-0).
Hastings vs. Rochester Century, 1:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. Both Hastings (12-3-0, 7-1-0), spearheaded by senior Chase Freiermuth’s 35 points, and Rochester Century (12-3-1, 7-0-0), led by senior Joey Malugani’s 45 points, have aspirations of ending the Lakeville teams’ dominance in the Class 2A, Section 1 playoffs.
Alexandria vs. River Lakes, 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. Just how good is Drew Tangen, the River Lakes junior who leads the state with a 1.20 goals against average and .952 save percentage? We just might find out if he gets that start for the Stars (9-5-1, 4-2-0) as they square off against Class 1A, Section 6 foe No. 9-1A Alexandria (11-4-0, 6-1-0).
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