Class 2A boasts a new No. 1-ranked team for the second consecutive week after Eden Prairie (12-4-2) earned the top slot with 10 first-place votes in the state coaches' poll.
After toppling then-No. 1-ranked Stillwater on Hockey Day Minnesota, the Eagles rolled over Lake Conference foe Wayzata, 8-2. Six Eden Prairie skaters had multiple points in the game, including Hunter Johannes (2 goals, 2 assists) and Minnesota recruit Casey Mittelstadt (4 assists).
The Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-8 in third periods and give up just 1.75 goals per game. The remaining ranked opponents on their schedule are No. 14-2A Minnetonka and No. 2-2A Edina.
Sixth-ranked Hill-Murray (14-2-4) relinquished the top spot in the poll after just one week. As the No. 1 ranked team, the Pioneers lost 2-0 to No. 11-2A Maple Grove, beat Simley 9-0 and tied Wayzata 2-2.
Edina, Elk River and Holy Family Catholic benefited most from Hill-Murray's rough week. Edina (14-5-1) climbed from fourth to second in the rankings after beating No. 8-2A Centennial, Minnetonka and Hopkins by a combined score of 22-6. Eden Prairie and Minnetonka are the only top-20 ranked opponents remaining on the Hornets' schedule.
Stillwater (16-3-0) remained ranked No. 3. Since falling to Eden Prairie on Jan. 21, the Ponies defeated Mahtomedi 5-2 and Park of Cottage Grove 4-1 before losing to No. 7-2A Lakeville North 3-2.
Minnetonka (11-8-0) surrendered the No. 13 spot to Moorhead (14-3-3) after losing back-to-back games to Edina (6-3) and No. 5 Holy Family Catholic (3-2). The No. 14-ranked Skippers face Eden Prairie twice and Edina before the end of the regular season.
Moorhead is 8-0-2 in its last 10 games and faces three teams ranked ninth or better (including No. 6-1A East Grand Forks) in its last five games.
Burnsville jumped from No. 18 to No. 15 after beating Lakeville North 5-2.
While Class 2A has seen three No. 1-ranked teams in the last three weeks, Class 1A's top 10 went mostly unchanged with Hermantown (16-1-1) remaining No. 1 with 10 first-place votes in the coaches' poll.
The Hawks took advantage of a soft spot in the schedule, beating Proctor and Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl by a combined score of 13-0. The toughest tests remaining on their schedule are No. 7-1A Mahtomedi and No. 9-1A Hibbing/Chisholm.
Delano (17-2-1) remained No. 3 in the coaches' poll after beating Mound Westonka and Orono by a combined score of 18-2. The Tigers' Ben Meyers leads the state in assists (44) and points (80) and is averaging four points per game. With five games remaining, he is on pace to finish the top-20 all-time season leaders in points.
Despite back-to-back losses to Delano and No. 2-1A Breck, St. Cloud Cathedral (15-4-2) stayed in the No. 5 slot.
Hibbing/Chisholm (14-7-0) climbed from No. 11 to No. 9 and is on a four-game winning streak in which it hasn't surrendered more than one goal in a game. Junior Jarrett Lee leads the Bluejackets in goals (18) and points (41).
Sartell-St.Stephen (14-5-3) dropped from No. 9 to No. 10 while Greenway (12-5-1) slid from No. 10 to No. 14 after losing two consecutive games for the first time this season.
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