The Class AA girls field is full of teams capable of making a state tournament run and competing for a state championship. LPH PHOTOS BY JEFF ANDERSON/JACKSON BOLINE

Pioneers maintain top spot with win over Andover

Andover looked to give Hill-Murray their first loss last week and outshot the Pioneers 27-14, but Pioneer senior goaltender Grace Zhan was up for the challenge and stopped all 27 shots in a 2-0 Pioneer win.

Zhan has allowed just eight goals all season and stopped 212 of 220 shots for a save percentage of .964. The Pioneers have outscored opponents 63-9 on the season and have allowed more than one goal just twice. They have also allowed just one third period goal on the season, and remain the team to beat in Class AA.

But the field isn’t separated by much. There have been a lot of close, low-scoring games amongst ranked opponents, which shows how close the teams are, whether they’re ranked No. 1 or No. 10.

No. 2 Minnetonka has been equally impressive with a 81-15 scoring margin.

Andover remained at No. 3 and Benilde-St. Margaret’s makes the jump over Edina to No. 4. Moorhead leaps to No. 6 and Northfield dropped to No. 9 despite being the only other unbeaten squad not named Hill-Murray. Centennial/Spring Lake Park continues to impress and Maple Grove is a team that can beat anybody. Lakeville North rounds out the top 10 by continuing their winning ways.

Both White Bear Lake and Cretin-Derham Hall re-entered the top 20.

The rest of the field below:

Let’s Play Hockey Rankings

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Let’s Play Hockey Rankings Class AA Girls – Dec. 26, 2023

TeamRecordLast Week
1. Hill-Murray12-0-01
2. Minnetonka11-1-02
3. Andover7-2-23
4. Benilde-St. Margaret’s8-2-15
5. Edina8-2-14
6. Moorhead10-1-17
7. Centennial/Spring Lake Park9-1-28
8. Maple Grove9-2-19
9. Northfield12-0-06
10. Lakeville North9-1-110
11. Stillwater9-3-011
12. Holy Family8-5-113
13. Woodbury9-1-014
14. Lakeville South8-1-316
15. Grand Rapids/Greenway9-3-017
16. Farmington8-2-015
17. Champlin Park/Coon Rapids9-4-012
18. Eden Prairie7-6-119
19. White Bear Lake8-3-1NR
20. Cretin-Derham Hall7-6-0NR

Other Teams Receiving Votes:

Eastview, Rosemount, Roseau, Apple Valley, Prior Lake, North Wright County, Northern Tier, Forest Lake.