At the 2018 Schwan’s Cup, the girls are poised to take center stage.
Specifically the girls’ Gold Division. The eight teams in the girls’ top division will play three days at Ridder Arena, which is a first for Schwan’s Cup.
And the field is loaded. All four quarterfinal games on December 26 will feature ranked teams (per the Let’s Play Hockey December 12 rankings.) And the Gold Division offers an interesting mix of “A” and “AA” powerhouse teams.
Blake topped Centennial in the championship game of the 2017 Schwan's Cup Girls' Gold Division at Ridder Arena. Both teams return in the 2018 Gold Division.
The tournament opens at 12 noon with a match-up of “A” division powers, #8-ranked St. Paul United vs. #7-ranked Mahtomedi.
The 2:30 pm game will feature Andover, ranked #3AA, facing off against Rogers.
Defending Schwan’s Cup Gold Division champion Blake, ranked #2AA, will take the ice at 5 pm against Holy Family.
And the first day will conclude with #3A-ranked Proctor/Hermantown traveling south to play last year’s runner-up Centennial.
We know it’s unlikely given the high probability of an upset, but if all four favored teams win their quarterfinal, then the semifinals on the evening of December 27 will pair four ranked teams, the first time that’s happened at Schwan’s Cup.
The puck will drop on the Ridder Arena ice for the Gold Division championship at 8 pm December 28. Will we have a match-up of a potential state championship “A” team vs. a champion-threat “AA” team? It’ll be interesting to watch.
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