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Hermantown, East receive top seeds

In the sixth year of seeding the qualified teams, Hermantown was chosen No. 1 in Class A and Duluth East was chosen No. 1 in Class AA for the 2012 State Boys' Hockey Tournament.

In the sixth year of seeding the qualified teams, Hermantown was chosen No. 1 in Class A and Duluth East was chosen No. 1 in Class AA for the 2012 State Boys' Hockey Tournament.

Hermantown qualified for the ninth time and is seeking its second state title. The Greyhounds of Duluth East are making their 19th trip to the tournament and are seeking their fourth state title.

All but one qualifying team has past tournament experience. Maple Grove is making its inaugural appearance. Hill-Murray of Maplewood leads all teams by making its 25th appearance this year.

Class A teams will play their quarterfinal games today and Class AA teams will follow suit on Thursday. Both classes will continue with championship semifinals on Friday and then third-place and championship games on Saturday.

Consolation semifinals for Class A are scheduled Thursday with Class AA following suit on Friday and both consolation championship games on Saturday.

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Tournament championship-round and third-place games in both classes will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. All consolation rounds for both classes will be played at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.

The seeding process had the 16 coaches of the section champions rank the other teams one through seven. From those rankings, the top four seeds were selected. The lower four teams were drawn out of a hat to determine the first-round matchups.

Bemidji has played three of the state tournament teams. The Lumberjacks lost twice to Thief River Falls and once to Hermantown. In Class 2A Moorhead represents Section 8 and during the regular season BHS lost a pair of 2-1 overtime decisions.

Class A Preview

(No. 2 Seed) St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights (23-5-0) vs. Little Falls (19-9-0): The Cadets of St. Thomas Academy are making their seventh appearance and will attempt to defend their 2011 championship. They also won titles in 2006 and 2008.

The Flyers of Little Falls, ranked 16th in the final LPH poll, are making their sixth appearance and seek their first title.

(No. 3 Seed) Breck School, Golden Valley (24-3-1) vs. Marshall School, Duluth (21-7-0): The Mustangs of Breck School, consolation champions last year, are making their fourth consecutive and ninth overall appearance. They earned previous titles in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2010. This year they were ranked No. 3 in the final LPH poll. Marshall School is making its sixth appearance and seeks its first title.

(No. 1 Seed) Hermantown (28-0-0) vs. Rochester Lourdes (20-8-0): The Hawks of Hermantown are making their third consecutive and ninth overall appearance in the school's first undefeated, untied season. They finished as runners-up to Breck School in 2010 and to St. Thomas Academy last year and were ranked No. 1 in this year's final LPH poll. The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes, a co-op with Stewartville, returns for the third consecutive year and eighth overall appearance with various other co-op arrangements or singly. Last year Rochester Lourdes went two and out. The Eagles were ranked No. 9 in this year's final LPH poll.

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(No. 4 Seed) Thief River Falls (22-4-2) vs. New Ulm (17-11-0): The Prowlers of Thief River Falls, a co-op with Goodridge and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo that finished third last year, were ranked No. 4 in this year's final LPH poll. This is the third

appearance for the Prowlers as a co-op, and Thief River Falls made nine singular appearances dating back to the inaugural 1945 tournament through 1965. If the Prowlers win it would be their third title, having won in 1954 and 1956. Unranked New Ulm, which includes students from New Ulm Cathedral and Minnesota Valley Lutheran of New Ulm, is making its third consecutive appearance as that pairing and fourth overall.

Class AA Preview

(No. 2 Seed) Maple Grove (24-2-2) vs. Hill-Murray, Maplewood (22-6-0): The Crimson of Maple Grove earned the second seed and third ranking in the final LPH poll making their inaugural state tournament appearance. Hill-Murray, ranked ninth in the final LPH poll, is making its 25th appearance and seeks to add a fourth title, having won in 1983, 1991 and 2008.

(No. 3 Seed) Eagan (24-3-1) vs. Moorhead (21-6-0): The Wildcats, fifth-ranked by LPH, seek their first title in their third appearance. The Spuds of Moorhead, who bowed two and out last year, earned the No. 10 ranking in the LPH poll. They are making their 13th appearance and have won no titles yet.

(No. 1 Seed) Duluth East (27-1-0) vs. Lakeville South (20-8-0): The Greyhounds of Duluth East, the 2011 runners-up, are making their fourth consecutive and 19th overall appearance. They were top-ranked in this year's final LPH poll and seek a fourth title, having previously won in 1960, 1995 and 1998. Lakeville South, ranked 10th in the final LPH poll, is making its second appearance and is seeking its first title.

(No. 4 Seed) Edina (23-5-0) vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's, St. Louis Park (22-6-0): The Edina Hornets are returning for their 23rd appearance. They were ranked No. 4 in the final LPH poll and are in the hunt for their 11th title. They won previously in 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997, and 2010, plus 1974, 1978 and 1979 as Edina East. The Red Knights of Benilde-St. Margaret's are making their fourth appearance.

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