TCO earns top seed in league playoffs
Regular season champion Twin Cities Orthopedics (13-4-3) earned the top seed in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League playoffs and opens with a 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal game against No. 8 seed The Base (5-13-2) on Friday at New Hope Ice Arena.
All four quarterfinal games are set for Friday with No. 3 seed Sanford Power (10-9-1) playing No. 6 seed Sit Mutual Funds (8-11-1) at 6 p.m., No. 4 seed MAP South (9-9-2) playing No. 5 seed MSP Magazine (7-9-4) at 8 p.m. and No. 2 seed TDS Transportation (11-6-3) playing No. 7 seed Team Wisconsin (5-12-2) at 8:30 p.m.
All playoff games are held at New Hope Ice Arena’s North and South rinks and streamed by MNHockey.TV. The semifinals and consolation semifinals are set for Saturday and all four championship round games will be held Sunday. The championship game is set for noon on Sunday on the North rink.
Twin Cities Orthopedics led the league with 124 goals and a plus-41 goal differential. Four of the league’s top seven scorers play for TCO. TDS Transportation went 5-2-1 to close the regular season, including a 4-2 win over Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Oct. 2.
Defending playoff champion Sanford Power led the league by allowing just 62 goals, 13 fewer than the next best defensive team in TDS Transportation. Sanford Power won last season’s playoff championship by beating MAP South 5-4 in overtime on a shorthanded goal by Kittson Central’s Tyler Hennen.
The league playoff champion will receive The Founder’s Cup in recognition of John Russo, who was instrumental in getting the league up and running in 2002. Russo passed away in April.
|2002||SW/Acceleration MN||NE/Premier Banks||2-0|
|2003||North/N. Nat. Bank||NE/Premier Banks||5-2|
|2004||NW/Anderson Financial||Great Plains||4-3 OT|
|2005||SE/St. Paul Eye Clinic||Great Plains||3-2 OT|
|2006||Shattuck-St. Mary’s||NW/Anderson Financial||5-1|
|2007||KC Russell Stover||Team Wisconsin||5-4|
|2010||Great Plains||Northeast||7-5 ENG|
|2012||North/Muscle Milk||SE/TCF Bank||4-3|
|2013||SW/Starkey Labs||Team Wisconsin||7-2|
|2014||NE/MSP Magazine||SE/TCF Bank||4-3 2OT|
|2015||North/Muscle Milk||SE/TCF Bank||9-3|
|2016||GP/Sanford Health||SW/Starkey Labs||6-2|
|2017||SW/SIT Mutual||SE/MAP Hockey||8-7 OT|
|2018||SE/MAP Hockey||SW/SIT Mutual||5-3|
|2019||Sanford Power||Team Wisconsin||3-2 OT|
|2020||Velocity Hockey||MSP Magazine||3-1 ENG|
|2021||MSP Magazine||Team Wisconsin||3-2|
|2022||Sanford Power||MAP South||5-4 OT|