Hockey Final Rankings and Tournament Predictions:Hockey  |
Here are the final rankings as compiled by contributing writer Sean Baligian.
Baligian follows this by making his predictions. Also contributing their predictions are Jon Kidd, senior producer, cameraman and editor of State Champs and Ben Szilagy, who is also a contributing writer.
1. Hartland. The Eagles regain the top spot by virtue of a 3-0-1 mark since our last rankings, including wins over Detroit Catholic Central and Brighton. This might be Coach Rick Gadwa's most talented squad, which is saying a lot considering the program he has built.
2. Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors went 4-1 since our last ranking, and a potential rematch with Hartland in the Division 2 semifinals would be a can't-miss, and great for the game. Coach Kenny Chaput and his staff did a tremendous job navigating the treacherous waters of the MIHL in their first year at Brother Rice.
3. Flint Powers. The Chargers are 20-1 in state, and 5-0 since our last ranking, outscoring their opponents 30-5 in that time. Coach Travis Perry's squad remains the team to beat in Division 3.
4. Orchard Lake St Mary's. The Eaglets make a big jump in our rankings as they are coming off wins against Warren De La Salle and Brother Rice. Coach Brain Klanow's squad is making a serious case as the team to beat in the top heavy Division 1 ranks.
5. Grosse Pointe South. The third team from Division 2 in our top five, the Blue Devils are peaking at the right time under coach Robert McKillop and capable of going all the way.
6. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. The Rangers are 15-0-2 since suffering their only loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Powers. Coach Kevin Zaschak deserves coach of the year consideration in Division 3.
7. Detroit Catholic Central. The Shamrocks went 3-1 since our last rankings, with the only loss to Hartland. Coach Brandon Kaleniecki's squad will be ready for all challengers as the Shamrocks look to capture their fourth consecutive championship, and the second straight for Kaleniecki.
8. Northville. The Mustangs have been on a tear, going 13-2-1 in their last 16 games. A thrilling win over Brighton last week served notice to the Division 1 contenders that coach Clint Robert's team will be a tough out at playoff time.
9. Calumet. The Copper Kings started the season 0-4, but have gone on a 17-2-1 since and have established themselves as one of the best in Division 3.
10. Brighton. The Bulldogs are certainly a big part of the top heavy portion of the Division 1 ranks. The schedule they play always makes them tough at playoff time.
11. Livonia Churchill. The Chargers are at 17-7 overall, and 4-1 since our last ranking, including a split with arch rival Livonia Stevenson. Coach Jason Reynolds has a team that have the potential of advancing to the Division 2 championship game.
12. Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans have been to the Division 2 finals three of the last four seasons under coach Dave Mitchell. Stevenson it all in 2013. The Spartans boast one of the best goalies in the state in junior Will Tragge and are capable of pushing their opponents to the limit with their tenacious work.
13. Hancock. The