For the second consecutive year, arguably the top team in the state of Minnesota won't be going to the state tournament.
Burnsville High School upset Academy of Holy Angels this morning at Mariucci Arena to earn a surprising berth in the State High School Tournament. Despite being outshot 47-18, Burnsville was able to beat Holy Angels 6-4. Many people thought that playing on the Olympic-sized ice would give Holy Angels a big advantage in the game, but Burnsville was able to capitalize on their opportunities and steal the win. Burnsville's Tyler Barnes had a hat trick in the win.
It's the second straight surprising sectional loss for Holy Angels after they lost to Apple Valley in last year's sectional final. Holy Angels has sort of become the embodiment of "evil private schools" in Minnesota, though personally, I think most of the whining about private schools is pretty baseless. I'm sure the loss is disappointing to the Holy Angels kids, but many of them still have a very bright future in the game of hockey.