After entering the Let’s Play Hockey Class A boys hockey rankings at No. 15, the 8-0-1 Detroit Lakes Lakers moved up to No. 13 heading into a stretch of four of five games against Section 8A opponents, two ranked in the top 10.

The Lakers have Crookston (2-8-1) and No. 9 Warroad (6-5) on the road Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5, respectively. DL returns home to play Wadena-Deer Creek in a non-section game Tuesday, Jan. 8 before a road trip to No. 4 East Grand Forks (10-1) Saturday, Jan. 12 and Crookston again, this time at Kent Freeman Arena Tuesday, Jan 15.

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The QRF rankings are a bit askew from the state poll.

East Grand Forks is atop the Section 8A standings and ranked No. 4. Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls are back-to-back at Nos. 12 and 13, respectively. Warroad is QRF-ranked No. 22. Kittson Central is 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the section with a QRF rank of No. 26 to round out the top five.

The playoff picture will come into focus over the next fortnight. From Jan. 4 to Jan. 18, the Lakers play seven games leaving nine remaining contests until the regular season ends on Valentine’s Day.

DL has one section victory in their lone 8A contest against last place Park Rapids. Eight of the remaining 15 games are against section teams.

 

Let’s Play Hockey 2018-19 High School Boys Class A Hockey rankings

(Rank, team, record, prev)

1. St. Cloud Cathedral 12-0-0 (1)

2. Hermantown 7-3-0 (2)

3. Mahtomedi 9-1-0 (3)

4. East Grand Forks 10-1-0 (4)

5. Alexandria 9-3-0 (5)

6. Thief River Falls 8-4-2 (6)

7. Orono 5-4-0 (8)

8. Sartell-St. Stephen 8-2-0 (7)

9. Warroad 6-5-0 (11)

10. Monticello 9-3-1 (16)

11. Totino-Grace 8-4-0 (14)

12. Greenway 4-8-0 (9)

13. Detroit Lakes 8-0-1 (15)

14. Duluth Denfeld 6-3-1 (10)

15. Marshall 12-1-0 (13)

16. Mankato East 6-6-1 (12)

17. North Branch 8-2-1 (NR)

18. Mound Westonka 9-3-0 (17)

19. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 6-3-1 (NR)

20. Northfield 6-4-0 (19)

Section 8A Standings

QRF Rank, Team, (QRF) Section Overall For Agst Streak

No. 4 East Grand Forks (66.4) 3-0-0 10-1-0 5.1 1.7 Won 6

No. 12 Detroit Lakes (49.9) 1-0-0 8-0-1 4.8 1.6 None

No. 13 Thief River Falls (49.1) 2-0-0 7-4-2 2.4 1.8 Lost 1

No. 22 Warroad (41.6) 1-2-0 6-5-0 2.9 2.8 Won 3

No. 26 Kittson Central (38.1) 2-0-0 6-2-0 4.0 2.5 Won 2

No. 56 Lake of the Woods (26.6) 2-2-0 4-6-0 2.9 4.1 Lost 2

No. 59 Red Lake Falls (25.4) 1-2-0 3-4-0 4.9 5.1 Lost 1

No. 71 Bagley/Fosston (18.3) 2-2-0 3-6-0 3.3 5.1 Lost 3

No. 73 Crookston (17.5) 1-3-0 2-8-1 2.5 4.5 Lost 1

No. 74 Park Rapids Area (16.8) 1-5-0 2-9-0 1.6 5.1 Lost 4