The Lakeville North Panthers are the top seed in the Section 1 Class AA Boys Hockey Tournament which begins quarterfinal action on Thursday.  #8 Hastings (5-19-1) hosts Dodge County (13-12) Tuesday to determine the Panthers first opponent.

The Panthers (13-10-2) finished third in the South Suburban Conference and #2 seed Rochester Century (20-4-1) was the Big Nine Conference Champions.  The Century Panthers were 7-0 against section opponents and Lakeville North was 4-0 in the section.

Century will host Rochester John Marshall (6-16-3) Thursday.  #3 seed Lakeville South (12-11-2) will have Rochester Mayo (12-12-1) come to Lakeville.

#4 Owatonna (12-11-2) hosts #5 Farmington (7-18) 7: p.m. Thursday.

The semi-finals are Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Rochester Rec Center and the championship on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Rec Center.

This could be as wide open a Section 1 Class AA tournament as we've had in recent years.  When was the last time no South Suburban teams were in the top ten rankings in the state.

Lakeville North is rated #18 in Class AA by Let's Play Hockey.  South Suburban Champion Eastview is #14.

Rochester Century's losses were to Duluth Marshall 10-1 in second game of season, Hayward, Wisconsin in overtime, Irondale/St. Anthony 4-1 and Northfield 1-0.

Ames Arena Lakeville. Home of Lakeville North Panthers. Photo from Lakeville Hockey Association