The final day of the 2014 Minnesota State High School League Boy’s Hockey Tournament, March 8, 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota, a unique scenario will be on display.
Class A Third place game
The three seed New Prague Trojans, making their MSHSL Hockey Tournament debut, against the fourth seed St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders, who are playing in their sixth tournament. The winner of the game will take home the third place trophy.
Class A Championship game
This game will pit the number one seed East Grand Forks Green Wave against the number two seed Hermantown Hawks. The Hawks, who lost their nemesis, the St. Thomas Academy Cadets to Class AA, will try to win their first state title in five consecutive championship game appearances. For the Green Wave, it is their first trip to the championships since 1999 although this is their ninth appearance in the tournament.
Class AA Third Place Game
The third seed Eden Prairie Eagles, will meet the Eagan Wildcats (fifth seed) to play for third place. The Eagles lost to Lakeville North in overtime in the semifinals and lost senior captain, Steven Spinner, late in the game on a mammoth hit that sent the forward to the locker room. His return is unknown for the third place game, but the Eagles will miss him if he is not available.
Eagan lost a hard-fought game to Edina, a game in which Eagan goalie Andrew Lindgren and the Wildcat defense, that, for the most part, rendered the high-powered Edina offense impotent, proved that they could play with the best in the state. Eagan and Eden Prairie did not meet in the regular season and the third place game looks to be a great match-up.
Class AA Championship Game
It is a rare tournament that has the number one and two seeded teams meet in the final of both class AA and A, but that is what spectators will be treated to on Saturday March 8, 2014.
The number one seed Edina Hornets will face off against the two seed Lakeville North Panthers in a battle between two of the most prolific offenses this year. Combined during the regular season, the teams combined to outscore opponents 208-95 and both teams held opponents to one or less goals multiple times during the regular season (Edina-11, Lakeville North-12).
As stories and photos come are completed click on the title to see photos from Saturday’s games. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for photos (from Matt Blewett and Rick Corwine) and stories from the tournament.