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Five to Watch: Budding Rivalry

By Loren Nelson, 11/29/21, 11:00PM CST


Week of Nov. 29: Chaska versus Chanhassen of must-see quality, Moorhead tries to avoid 0-3 start

Harper Bentz, left, will try to help Moorhead avoid an 0-3 start when the Spuds play Andover on Friday. Photo by Loren Nelson,

After a flurry of games last weekend, we’ve arrived at the first full week of the season. While some teams have played as many as two games — and looked dynamite in doing so (we’re talking about you, Delano, Mahtomedi and Edina, among others), several will be making their season debuts. 

Here’s our Fab Five list of must-see matchups for the week (click here for previews of some other intriguing early season matchups):

Other top games

No. 17-1A Rock Ridge, the merger of the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl programs, plays its first game on Tuesday in Coleraine against Greenway. … Another new combo squad, Northern Edge (the co-operative between St. Francis and North Branch) debuts on Tuesday against Mora-Milaca at East Bethel Ice Arena. … Supremacy in a far northwestern pocket of the metro suburbs is up for grabs on Thursday when Elk River/Zimmerman makes the short drive to No. 17-2A Rogers. … No. 6-2A Prior Lake, the favorite to win Section 2AA, squares off against section foe Holy Family Catholic on Thursday in Prior Lake.

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The Full Nelson

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