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Matchups set for 2022 Tourney

The 2022 Minnesota boys high school tournament pairings were released Saturday with Hermantown and Hill-Murray taking the top seeds in each class.

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Moorhead celebrates their win against Elk River/Zimmerman Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

The Minnesota high school boys hockey tournament, one of the most prestigious prep playoffs in the country, starts next week.

All 16 remaining teams have advanced by winning their sectional tournaments. Two final spots were decided Friday as Mahtomedi in Class A and Class AA Hill-Murray punched their state tickets.

Pairings for both Class 1A and Class 2A were announced Saturday, with Hermantown and Hill-Murray earning the top seeds in Class A and Class AA, respectively. Each of the final brackets are available online.

Class 1A

The state's top Class 1A teams return to the Xcel Center in pursuit of a championship banner, along with some teams looking to pull the upset.

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No. 1-ranked Hermantown downed No. 2-ranked Warroad on home ice, 2-1, on Jan. 15. Both teams are eyeing a championship and won't have to contend with Gentry Academy, which failed to make it back to St. Paul after winning the title last year and moving up to Class AA.

Top 10 teams joining the Hawks and Warriors are No. 5 Minneapolis, the first public school team in the city to advance to state in 28 years, along with No. 6 Alexandria. On Friday, No. 4 Mahtomedi beat Chisago Lakes 4-0 to be part of the eight-team tourney.

SectionWinnerLoserScore
1ANew PragueAlbert Lea5-2
2AMinneapolisDelano3-1
3AMankato East/LoyolaNew Ulm6-0
4AMahtomediChisago Lakes4-0
5AMonticelloCathedral3-2
6AAlexandriaFergus Falls4-2
7AHermantownDuluth Denfeld11-0
8AWarroadThief River Falls4-1
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Thief River Falls goalie Brett Holmer tracks the puck in the second period of the Minnesota Section 8A boys hockey championship at the East Grand Forks Civic Center on Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Class 2A

In Class 2A, the state's top-ranked team in Cretin-Derham Hall punched its ticket to the tournament, while No. 2 Hill-Murray beat White Bear Lake 5-0 on Friday to get in. The teams skated to a 2-1 finish Dec. 23, with Hill-Murray coming out on top.

Other top 10 teams making the tournament are No. 4 Moorhead, No. 5 Maple Grove, No. 7 Andover, No. 9 Lakeville South and No. 10 Edina.

Last year's champion, Eden Prairie, lost in the semifinals against eventual section champion Prior Lake.

SectionWinnerLoserScore
1AALakeville SouthLakeville North4-1
2AAPrior LakeChaska7-4
3AACretin-Derham HallEastview3-0
4AAHill-MurrayWhite Bear Lake5-0
5AAMaple GroveRogers4-2
6AAEdinaBenilde-St. Margaret's4-0
7AAAndoverGrand Rapids3-1
8AAMoorheadElk River8-4
Grand Rapids outskated by Andover in Section 7AA boys hockey championship game
Grand Rapids forward Blayne Mortenson (3) and Jacob Pierson (9) of Andover chase the puck on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Check The Rink Live for comprehensive game coverage for the duration of the tournament, which runs March 9-12.

Look for insider interviews streaming live March 11-12 from the Let's Play Hockey Expo on The Rink Live's Facebook page and follow The Rink Live's other social media platforms for additional hockey content.

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