ST. PAUL -- In a tournament that many considered wide open, the eight Class 2A teams playing this weekend for the Minnesota state boys title each considered themselves a contender. Moorhead, making its 17th appearance, liked its chances.

The tournament’s No. 4 seed, Moorhead lost to No. 5 seed Hill-Murray 5-1 in Thursday’s first round.

Andover, which entered the tournament as the top seed, also lost its first round game. Andover topped the Spuds by a 4-1 margin, ending Moorhead's season.

Jon Ammerman, the Spuds' head coach, credited the Spuds senior class for its character and careers (two state tournament appearances and three 20-win seasons) during an interview with The Rink Live from the Let's Play Hockey expo in St. Paul.

"You grow to love them and you get pretty close to them," Ammerman said. "It's disappointing in the end, but really, what an outstanding group of kids and a fun season."

Ammerman also talks about Moorhead's youth hockey program and teams playing for a state title next year.