MN Hockey Life Section Playoffs News & Notes

Will Dosan of St. Thomas Academy. Photo By David Romuald

Somethings got to give: The much-anticipated matchup in the section 2AA Championship Game will future Minnetonka, who has the #1 Power-Play in the state, converting at 42.6%, against Chanhassen, who has the top Penalty-Kill in Minnesota High School Hockey at 94.1%. The special teams battle will be intense in this matchup.

Will Dosan has played great hockey down the stretch and in the section quarters & semifinal games. The junior forward, that is committed to Princeton, has 38 points in 27 games this season. St. Thomas will need Dosan to be their centerpiece up front if they plan to get by Cretin and their stingy defense, that has allowed only 1.78 goals a game this season.

The Section 6AA Championship should be a dandy as Edina and Wayzata played two evenly played matchups during the regular season. Edina won the first contest 4-1 on January 23rd at the Plymouth Ice Center. Edina forward Ryan Flaherty had 2 goals and 1 assist while Joe Bertram made 36 saves. Wayzata then rebounded and beat Edina 4-3 in OT at Braemar on February 17th. Luke Miller had 2 goals in the game for the Trojans.

Props to Johnny Conlin on a great career at Mounds View High School!

Buffalo would be a true Cinderella Story if they make it to the State Tournament, as they have a 10-16-1 record heading into the Section 8 Final tonight. It’s rare for a team with a losing record to make it to state, but with senior Max Varner in nets anything is possible. Buffalo defeated their Section Final opponent Elk River earlier this season, 6-2.

We Are Marshall: Marshall hopes to return to the State Tourney for the first time since 2013. The one and only time the school has made the trek to the X. Talen Plante and Owen Renslow lead Marshall with 53 points apiece.

Marcus Matyas has played beyond his years for Cretin this season. The freshman forward scored the OT winner against Eastview on Monday night and has put up 22 points in 27 games this season while playing a two-way game.

Harper Searles is Centennial’s #2 all-time leading scorer