Minnetonka’s Luke Garry, Hill-Murray’s Joseph Luger and Rogers’ Drew Krekelberg.

#1 Minnetonka to battle #7 Chanhassen, #2 Wayzata takes on #5 Hill-Murray, and #3 Rogers hosts #8 Andover

by Bryan Zollman, Let’s Play Hockey

Now that teams have a handful of games under their feet and the good old hockey legs have the blood flowing, we are getting an idea on who is who in boys high school hockey.

Of course, we had a pretty good idea Minnetonka was going to be the team to beat out of the gate. But perhaps we didn’t know they would dominate as they have thus far. Consider the Skippers have outscored opponents 3-1, have outshot them 166-43 and have not allowed a goal in more than nine periods of hockey.

But we have all been around hockey long enough to know that sometimes it takes just one bounce, a bad call or a hot goalie to change the tides.

And let’s not forget the other squads who are off to great starts, and some who maybe got off to a slow start who are still finding their way. There is still a ton of hockey left to play, including tonight with some key matchups, including those Skippers going up against #7 Chanhassen and a top-5 matchup as #2 Wayzata takes on #5 Hill-Murray.

Here is a closer look at some top match ups:

Thursday Night Slate

#2AA Wayzata (3-0-0) at #5AA Hill-Murray (1-0-1)
The Pioneers are coming off a 3-3 tie with #1A Hermantown in which they rallied from a 3-goal deficit. Wayzata, meanwhile, has defeated three ranked teams (Moorhead, Maple Grove, Duluth East) and will be looking to defeat their fourth.

Hill-Murray junior Boden Sampair bears down on the Hermantown defense in the Pioneers 3-3 tie with the Class A top-ranked Hermantown Hawks. PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

#1A Minnetonka (4-0-0) at #7A Chanhassen (2-2-0)
The Skippers are who we thought they’d be and have absolutely dismantled every opponent they have played thus far. Chanhassen got off to a sluggish start and had a hard time scoring goals, but is coming off a pair of victories where they netted six in each game, including a 6-1 win over a very good Shakopee squad. This one will be a good test for both teams who at year’s end will be battling in the very deep Section 2AA.

#8AA Andover (2-1-0) at #3AA Rogers (4-0-0)
Andover is coming off a 4-2 loss to Benilde-St. Margaret’s who is playing as well as any team currently and outshot the Huskies 46-19. Rogers is off to a 4-0 start and have looked solid in all areas of the game, especially with a relentless offense that gets stronger as the game goes on. They have outscored opponents 14-1 in the third period.

Rogers is young, with just six seniors, fast and relentless and will take on #8 Andover tonight. Above, junior Mason Jenson gets past a Moorhead defender. Jenson has 8 goals and 5 assists in the Royals’ first four games. PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN/LET’S PLAY HOCKEY

#6A Mahtomedi (2-3-0) at #14AA St. Thomas Academy (1-2-0)
The Zephyrs have proven they can score goals, but they will have to do a better job of keeping pucks out of their own net averaging over four goals allowed per gam and more than 33 shots per game. The Cadets, meanwhile, have had trouble scoring in their two losses, 4-2 to Rogers and 4-1 to Eastview.

Coon Rapids (3-0-0) at Champlin Park (2-1-1)
Two very good metro area teams will go head-to-head in this one in what could be a high-scoring affair. Coon Rapids has a strong senior and junior class and are off to a great start outscoring opponents 22-2. Champlin Park’s top line of Burnevik-Aberwald-Solomon is off to a torrid start, but they recently lost senior defenseman and captain Austin Anderson to injury, which could be a difference maker for the Rebels. This should be a high=-paced intense battle as both teams are trying to solid themselves as teams to pay attention to this winter.

Champlin Park has one of the top lines in the metro with Brent Solomon (left) Will Burnevik (right) and Trevor Aberwald. PHOTO BY CHAD EDDINGS (Instagram: @chadeddingsphoto)

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