Duluth Marshall will host the annual Blackwoods Open high school boys hockey tournament starting today at beautiful Mars Lakeview Arena.
Eight teams will participate in the single-elimination, loser’s bracket tournament, which continues through the championship game at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Defending Minnesota Class A state champion St. Cloud Cathedral is the heavy pre-tournament.
Below are the pairings:
Duluth Marshall vs. Shakopee, 5:30 p.m. today
Superior vs. Eveleth-Gilbert, 7:45 p.m. today
Duluth Denfeld vs. Forest Lake, 8:45 a.m. Saturday
St. Cloud Cathedral vs. Mounds View, 11 a.m. Saturday
3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday
3:15 p.m. Sunday
PLAYERS TO WATCH
. St. Cloud Cathedral senior forward Jack Smith, a Bulldogs recruit, who had 31 goals and 68 points in 31 games a year ago, including four goals and six points in three state tournament games.
. St. Cloud Cathedral senior forward Nate Perbix, a Gophers recruit, who had 40 points (19 goals) in 16 games last season.
. St. Cloud Cathedral senior forward Blake Perbix (uncommitted), who had a team-high 72 points (22 goals) a year ago.
. Duluth Denfeld senior forward Griffin Lehet, who had a team-high 27 goals and 44 points last season, including three goals and six points in two Section 7A playoff games.
. Duluth Denfeld junior forward Kade Shea, who exploded for 12 goals and 35 points in his first varsity season a year ago.
. Duluth Denfeld’s Shawn Easty, a senior, and Jacob Snyder, a junior, two of the top three goaltenders in northeastern Minnesota-northwestern Wisconsin.
. Eveleth-Gilbert senior forward Elliot Van Orsdel, who had 40 points (22 goals) a year ago.
. Duluth Marshall senior forward Dakota Oman, who had 15 points last season.