Hermantown, with a win over Cretin-Derham Hall (No. 10AA) and a tie against Hill-Murray (No. 5AA), move into the top spot in Class A Rankings. PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON, LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

St. Cloud Cathedral upended East Grand Forks 5-2 Saturday behind a stellar group effort and a hat trick from junior winger Joey Gillespie. Cathedral’s win was an early statement that they have skill, depth and good goaltending. They also might have the best sophomore defenseman in the state in Griffin Sturm.

Griffin Sturm anchors a defense on a St. Cloud Cathedral team that beat top-ranked East Grand Forks 5-2 Saturday. PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN, LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

Despite all that, they were edged by perennial Class A power Hermantown in this week’s Class A Rankings presented by Tradition Companies. In a close vote, Hermantown edged the Crusaders for the top spot after a win and a tie against two Class AA top 10 squads. On Friday the Hawks defeated No. 10AA Cretin-Derham Hall 2-1, and on Saturday they staked themselves to a 3-0 lead over No. 5AA Hill-Murray in the first period. But the Pioneers rallied to tie it and it ended it a 3-3 stalemate.

East Grand Forks, meanwhile, fell to No. 3 in the rankings after their loss to St. Cloud Cathedral.

Warroad jumps to No. 4 after a high-scoring win over Mahtomedi 7-6 in overtime. The Zephyrs fall from No. 3 to No. 6.

Orono, with a win over Northfield, comes in at No. 5 and Northfield drops from No. 6 to No. 7.

Cloquet/Esko/Carlton breaks into the Top 10 at No. 9 and Little Falls makes a big leap from No. 13 to No. 19 after defeating Alexandria who dropped from No. 8 to No. 14.

Still plenty of hockey left to play, but it looks as though Class A is shaping up to give hockey fans an entertaining winter with a slew of several teams who could end up hoisting the championship trophy come March 9.

Class A Boys Rankings – Dec. 5, 2023


TeamRecordLast WK
1. Hermantown1-0-12
2. St. Cloud Cathedral3-0-14
3. East Grand Forks4-1-01
4. Warroad2-1-05
5. Orono3-1-07
6. Mahtomedi1-3-03
7. Northfield3-1-06
8. Thief River Falls1-1-19
9. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton2-0-013
10. Monticello2-1-011
11. Hibbing/Chisholm3-3-010
12. Northern Lakes3-0-014
13. Little Falls2-2-019
14. Alexandria1-1-18
15. Delano1-2-012
16. Proctor3-1-015
17. Dodge County3-1-017
18. Fergus Falls1-1-016
19. Minneapolis2-1-018
20. Luverne3-0-0NR

Other Teams Receiving Votes:

Breck, La Crescent-Hokah, New Ulm, Chisago Lakes, Mankato East, Crookston,