2019 State Hockey Tournament Predictions

By Jessi Pierce

03/04/19

For 75 years, the Minnesota State High School Boys Hockey Tournament has given Minnesotans something to hang their skates on. Community and statewide pride, and a new championship trophy, is on the line for 16 teams at the 2019 Tourney.

We turned to our TP hockey experts once again for their predictions on who will raise the banner in their school barn this year.

Dave Jensen, Senior VP
Hockey claim to fame: Certified men’s league player who can get a game of hockey started on any sheet of available ice
Class A:
 I’m going with the hometown of Antonovich, (Mike) Guentzel, Serratores, Pelusos, Guyers, and many others—Greenway of Coleraine. The squad from the Range will bring an exciting brand of hockey along with many sidebars on their road to St. Paul, making them a definite fan favorite.

Class AA: Don’t see anybody beating Edina this year. The field is solid but nothing close to Edina’s level of play. I’m giving the Hornets their 13th championship crown.

Aaron Paitich, Editor: USA Hockey Magazine & Minnesota Hockey Journal
Hockey claim to fame: His flow needs no introduction  

Class A:
Greenway beats St. Cloud Cathedral. The Raiders are not just “happy to be here” like you tell your uncle every Thanksgiving. Greenway’s riding a nine-game winning streak with nothing to lose.

Class AA: Blaine over Edina in a barn-burner. Both bands better get a good night’s sleep. First team to score seven goals, wins.

Jessi Pierce, Editor: USA Hockey Magazine & Minnesota Hockey Journal
Hockey claim to fame: Considered for the third bash brother/sister
Class A: Mahtomedi over East Grand Forks. I gotta go with my alma mater Zephyrs, who are making their second consecutive state appearance. With Greenway knocking out defending Hermantown in the section championship, I see a clear path for the Zephyr train all the way to the title—choo choo (4-2 final).

Class AA: Edina tops Blaine. It’s just too hard to not go with the Hornets this year. The top-ranked AA team for most of the season, top to bottom Edina’s roster is plump full of talent and it’ll be a shock if anyone can stop them in a run for the program’s 13th state banner.

Bryan Nelson, Senior Account Executive: USA Hockey Magazine
Hockey claim to fame: Spent five minutes in the box after an opponent referred to his hair as “spicy salad”
Class A:
 Greenway over St. Cloud Cathedral. The magical post-season story will be complete after they bring home a state title to the Iron Range.

Class AA:
 Eden Prairie over Edina. Coach Lee Smith has this team peaking at the right time. A young and talented Eagles squad (that includes three future Gophers) will make the most of this opportunity and knock off the next door rival Hornets to win their 3rd state title.

Elizabeth Boger, Contributor: Minnesota Hockey Journal
Hockey claim to fame: One of the few locals who cheered for Zach Parise while he was at UND
Class A: East Grand Forks over Mahtomedi. After taking down some tough opponents in a strong schedule this season, EGF is making its fifth state tourney appearance in the past seven years. Time for the Green Wave to bring home another title.

Class AA: Moorhead over Eden Prairie. The Spuds missed the tourney last year, but they’re coming in this season stronger than ever. They haven’t lost a game since Jan. 5, and look ready to continue that streak en route to Moorhead’s first-ever state title.

Girls State Hockey Tourney Recap

Like the monumental anniversary of the boys state tournament, the ladies celebrated a milestone as well—25 years of high school hockey.

Familiar school colors donned the winners’ circles in both Class A and AA, but each doled out in spectacular fashion.

In Class A, a rematch from 2018 with Breck and Warroad in the title game. A four-goal third period thrusted No. 2-seeded Breck past the top-ranked Warriors for a second straight championship in a 6-1 final.

Class AA required two extra frames to determine its champion. Following an upset over No. 2 Andover in the semifinals, Brainerd squared off against top-ranked and two-time defending champion, Edina, in the final game of the season. The Hornets buzzed the net for the 4-3 double OT game-winner 61:20 after the opening puck drop—the second longest girls title game since the 2012 Class A championship game between Breck and South St. Paul.