PLAYER YOU KNOW: Allison Dulitz, Sr., F
Dulitz took as big of a jump as any player in the section last season, breaking out with a 15-goal, 41-point junior season to lead the Tigers in scoring. In her previous two seasons combined, Dulitz totalled 11 goals and 20 points. She also made her mark on special teams, with two short-handed goals and five power-play points. With 30-point scorers Mia Fjelsta and Katelyn Steven gone to graduation, Dulitz will again be looked at to carry the scoring load for the Tigers, as their only returning player who recorded more than 20 points last year.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Lucy Stay, Jr., F
Stay proved herself as a talented young goal-scorer, with 19 goals over her first two varsity seasons. Along with Dulitz, she is the Tigers’ only returning player to have scored 10 or more goals last season.
PLAYER YOU KNOW: Kate Holtz, Jr., F
Holtz, as just a sophomore, finished 26th in the state in regular-season scoring last year, with 22 goals and 49 points. She added six postseason points to finish as Austin’s leading scorer with 55 points. She was the Packers’ breakout player in 2019-20, when she jumped from a 6-goal, 10-assist season to 24 goals and 31 assists. She had 13 special teams points, including three short-handed goals.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alexis Stich, Sr., F
Stich was the Packers’ third-leading scorer last season, more than doubling her points total from her first three varsity seasons with eight goals and 23 points. With the loss of 30-goal, 53-point scorer Jordyn McCormack to graduation, Stich is the obvious choice to step into an even bigger scoring role as a senior.
PLAYER YOU KNOW: Rylie Starkson, Sr., F
Starkson has been a steady offensive presences for the Falcons, scoring 13, 15 and 14 goals during her three varsity seasons. She was the team’s fourth-leading scorer a year ago and will be its top returning scorer this winter. Faribault’s top three scorers combined for 145 points last year, but all of them graduated. That will leave Starkson as Faribault’s clear-cut top scoring option in all phases -- she has 18 career special teams points.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grace McCoshen, Fr., D
In her first varsity season, McCoshen stood out, producing 24 points from the blue line as an eighth-grader. She excelled down the stretch, too, recording nine points in her last seven games.
PLAYER YOU KNOW: Eliza DiNatale, Sr., F
DiNatale is a difference-maker and the Wingers leading scorer each of the past two years. Without her over their final three games last season, the Wingers managed just two total goals in losses to and St. Croix Valley, Mankato East and Albert Lea. One of the top goal-scorers in the Big Nine Conference and Section 1A, DiNatale finished last season with 29 goals and 38 points and is 13 points shy of 100 for her career.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Tatum Zylka, Fr., F
Zylka stood out as an eighth-grader last season, recording a point in half of the Wingers’ 26 games. She was a mainstay on the power play in her first varsity season, too, and will likely take on a bigger role for Red Wing this winter.
PLAYER YOU KNOW: Maggie Hanzel, Sr., D
One of the best defensemen in the state, Hanzel is a standout team leader on both ends of the ice. The Boston University commit is lethal on special teams, too. Of her 44 points last season, 24 came on the power play and three came short-handed. In her three-year career, nearly half of her points (55 of 111) have come on special teams. Hanzel’s hockey IQ may be her biggest strength -- she can create offense out of seemingly nothing and can read opposing forwards well; she puts herself in the right position defensively to break up offensive chances for the other team.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Abby Wick, Sr., F
With five of Lourdes’ top six scores gone from last season, Wick will be looked at to generate even more points than she has in the past (46 career points through three varsity season). The versatile forward (she has also seamlessly transitioned back to defense when the Eagles have needed her there) recently committed to play at Colby College, an on-the-rise Division III program in Maine.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cecilia Huttemier, Fr., D
The Blue Jays need to find some scoring this season as their only player to top 12 points last year, forward Jayde Pederson (23-8--31) is lost to graduation. Huttemier is the top returning scorer on the blue line, recording eight points as an eighth-grader last year in her second varsity season. She has 13 career points, including four power-play points.