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By Loren Nelson, 12/14/22, 6:30PM CST


Top Games | Week of Dec. 13: Saturday showdown between Rogers and Minnetonka one of most anticipated of young season

Alex Lunski leads Minnetonka against Rogers on Saturday in one of the most anticipated games of the young season. Photo by Loren Nelson,

The threat of winter storms decimated Tuesday's schedule, forcing the postponement of 20 of 45 schedule games. 

There were some notable showdowns the went off as planned, however: Lakeville South beating Lakeville North in Round 1 of their annual Cat Fight, Orono topping Northfield in a matchup of top-seven Class 1a teams and Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper stunning Providence Academy with an eight-goal first period.

But the weight of the week’s schedule tips toward the weekend where some of the young season’s most anticipated games await.

Rogers at Minnetonka — No. 1 versus No. 3 in Legacy Hockey’s latest Class 2A rankings — on Saturday afternoon looms as The Game of the Season, at least thus far. Fans eager to see the blue-on-blue showdown are advised to arrive early. The Pagel Activity Center will no doubt be packed.

Weather gods willing.

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No. 2-1A Warroad (5-0-0), which has already knocked off a top-5 small-school team in No. 3 Mahtomedi, goes on the road on Thursday to play Section 8A rival and No. 5-1A East Grand Forks (4-2-0). … No. 11-2A White Bear Lake (4-1-0) and top scorer Nolan Roed (7 goals) face No. 16-2A Eastview (5-1-0) on Thursday in a matchup of teams on the cusp of cracking the top 10. … No. 13-2A Edina (1-3-0) opens play in its annual Holiday Classic on Thursday against a No. 15-2A Grand Rapids (6-1-0) team that has allowed more than two goals just once this season. … What has been a brutal early-season schedule for No. 5-2A Andover (3-3-0) doesn’t get any easier on Saturday with the arrival of No. 3-2A Wayzata (5-0-0) and standout goaltender Will Ingemann.


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