11 teams advance to girls' state hockey tournament, 5 section finals Friday night

The state tournament runs Wednesday-Saturday next week.
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The 2020 MSHSL girls' hockey state tournament is next Wednesday-Saturday and the majority of the teams competing in the prestigious event are set in stone thanks to section championship results that have happened this week. 

Here's a section-by-section look at who's in so far. 

Class 2A

Section 1: Farmington

The Tigers are into the state tourney after beating upset-minded Northfield 4-0 Thursday night. Farmington was the 2 seed in the section tournament while Northfield, the 4 seed, upset No. 1 seed Lakeville South in the semifinals. 

Section 2: Minnetonka or Eden Prairie

The section final Friday night is expected to go down to the wire as Minnetonka, ranked fifth in the Let's Play Hockey poll, faces third-ranked Eden Prairie at Braemar Arena in Edina. Minnetonka won two of three matchups during the regular season. 

Section 3: Burnsville

Burnsville defeated Eagan 3-1 Wednesday night in the section title game. They advanced despite being the No. 3 seed, while the top two seeds, Apple Valley and Eastview, didn't make it out of the semifinal round. 

Section 4: Hill-Murray or Stillwater

This section final happens Friday night at Aldrich Arena. Hill-Murray is the 1 seed and Stillwater the 2 seed even though Stillwater is ranked in the top 10 (No. 7) and the Pioneers are not. That likely has to do with Hill-Murray beating Stillwater 6-1 in the season opener way back on Nov. 9. 

Section 5: Maple Grove or Blaine

This section final goes down Friday night in Roseville as Maple Grove, ranked fourth in the top-10 poll, faces an unranked Blaine team that they defeated 4-1 a little over a month ago. 

Section 6: Edina or Wayzata

A dandy of a section final on a Friday night as these two powers go head-to-head for the third time this season. The first two meetings were both 4-1 victories for the No. 1-ranked Hornets, who have rattled off 25 consecutive wins after losing 1-0 to Andover in the season opener. 

Section 7: Andover

The Huskies just rolled through their section tournament by outscoring three teams 31-0. At 25-2 overall, the Huskies are ranked second in the state and have only lost to Hill-Murray and Breck, both of which were one-goal games. 

Section 8: Roseau or Brainerd/Little Falls

This section final is also Friday night. The last two times these teams met (both this season) were 3-2 victories for Roseau. The Rams have won 10 straight into this game, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Brainerd/Little Falls in the final game of the regular season. 

Class 1A

Section 1: Rochester Lourdes/Dover-Eyota

They're state-bound after defeating Faribault 5-1 Thursday night in the section championship. The Eagles are 17-10 overall and have won five of six entering the state tourney. 

Section 2: Hutchinson

The Tigers rolled over Mound-Westonka 5-1 Thursday night in the 2A section title game. Hutch avenged a pair of overtime losses to the White Hawks during the regular season. 

Section 3: Luverne

The Cardinals advanced to state with a 4-1 win over Mankato West Tuesday night. At 22-4-1, Luverne has lost just three times in regulation, twice to New Ulm and the other against Northern Lakes. 

Section 4: South St. Paul

A 2-0 win over St. Paul United got the No. 5-ranked Packers into the state tourney Thursday night. They had one of the toughest paths in Section 4 as they had to go through ninth-ranked Mahtomedi. 

Section 5: Breck

The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in the top-10 poll, outscored opponents 29-3 in three section tournament games. There is no question that Breck will be among the favorites to win the state title. 

Section 6: Willmar

A 5-1 win over River Lakes Thursday night punched the Cardinals' ticket to state. Junior forward Madison Garberding scored four goals to get Willmar back to the state tourney for the first time in 17 years. 

Section 7: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton

A battle of the third- and- fourth-ranked teams in the state went down to the wire Wednesday night as Cloquet-Esko-Carlton outlasted Proctor/Hermantown 3-2. The Lumberjacks are 25-3 after starting the season 1-2. 

Section 8: Warroad

The Warriors are back in the state tourney after beating Thief River Falls 4-0 Thursday. Warroad is led by Hannah Corneliusen, who leads the state with 50 goals and 75 points this season. 

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