Boys hockey playoffs have arrived

The goal of every boys high school hockey player in Minnesota is to play in the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. The road to that goal starts this week as section playoffs begin. 

By March 3, the fields for the Class AA and Class A tournaments will be set. Roseville Area High School and eight other teams are vying for the berth out of Section 4AA.

The Raiders are likely to avoid having to play in the first-round game between the eighth and ninth-seeded teams and should advance right to the quarterfinals on Feb. 25 at Aldrich Arena.

Roseville went 5-5 against teams in Section 4AA during the regular season. Among those victories was a season sweep of Woodbury and a 4-1 win over Mounds View in early January. Both of those teams were likely to be seeded ahead of the Raiders.

The seedings for Section 4AA were not available for this edition of the Review.

There’s a decent logjam at the top of the section with defending section champion Stillwater and perennial powers Hill-Murray and White Bear Lake the favorites. It would probably surprise everyone if the section representative in the state tournament isn’t one of those three squads.

Roseville, which was 8-15-1 heading into its season finale last weekend, had trouble stringing victories together this season. Only once were the Raiders able to win back-to-back contests -- that occurred on Jan. 14 and 18 as Roseville knocked off Woodbury and North St. Paul, respectively. Unfortunately, those two wins were followed by a four-game losing streak.

Roseville closed out the regular season last week with a 4-1 win over Woodbury on Feb. 16 and a non-conference game at Mahtomedi on Feb. 18, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The four quarterfinal winners advance to the semifinals on Feb. 28 and March 1 and the section championship will be decided on March 3. All games in the Section 4AA playoffs take place at Aldrich Arena.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

Section 4AA boys hockey playoffs

Participating teams: Hill-Murray, Irondale/St. Anthony, Mounds View, North St. Paul, Roseville, Stillwater, Tartan, White Bear Lake, Woodbury

Defending champion: Stillwater

Ranked teams (as of Feb. 15): No. 5 Stillwater, No. 10 Hill-Murray, No. 15 White Bear Lake

 

Schedule
(All games at Aldrich Arena):

Feb. 21 — Play-in game

Feb. 25 — Quarterfinals

Feb. 28 — First semifinal

March 1 — Second semifinal

March 3 —Championship game

 

Suburban East Conference boys hockey standings (Final; overall records incomplete)

 

 

Stillwater 

Cretin-Derham Hall 

White Bear Lake 

Mounds View

Woodbury

Park-Cottage Grove

Roseville 

Forest Lake 

East Ridge 

Conf. 

15-1

14-2

11-4-1

8-7-1

8-8

4-11-1

4-11-1

3-11-2

1-13-2

Overall

21-3

16-7

14-17-4

13-10-2

14-9

10-12-2

8-15-1

5-17-3

3-20-2

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