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Hermantown playing with mostly JV players in state tournament due to COVID exposure

A brutal break for the top seed in Class 1A.
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COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on high school sports in Minnesota, with the chance of a lifetime to play in the prestigious state hockey tournament stripped from the majority of the Hermantown Hawks. 

Hermantown, the No. 1 seed in Class 1A, will still take the ice at Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday for their quarterfinal game against Dodge County, but they'll do so as all but three players on the varsity roster will watch from quarantine after a potential exposure to COVID-19. 

The Hawks found out Monday that two players from their opponent in the Mar. 23 Section 7 semifinal have sine tested positive from COVID-19, according to the Star Tribune, which notes that it's possible Hermantown players who are quarantining could play in the state semifinals Friday, but only if Hermantown wins Tuesday and players test negative for COVID-19. 

Hermantown will go to battle Tuesday with a roster made up of mostly junior varsity players. though they catch a slight break with leading scorer Zam Plante (28 goals, 30 assists) returning from an injury that he suffered in early March. 

Hill-Murray, the No. 2 seed in Class 2A, is also waiting to learn its fate after potential player exposures to COVID-19. 

"We’re working with the MN Dept. of Health and the MN State High School League to determine the eligibility of our boys varsity hockey players following a potential COVID-19 exposure with an opposing player," a school spokesperson said in a statement. "We hope our boys will be playing in the State Tournament this week."

Hill-Murray is the No. 2 seed in Class 2A and is scheduled to play Wayzata at 11 a.m. Wednesday. 

COVID-19 knocked the Centennial girls' hockey team out of the state tournament last week, and the Lakeville North girls' basketball team had to forfeit its section championship game last week after a positive COVID-19 test.

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