[UPDATE: According to a report in the Star Tribune, Hermantown will send a limited roster of mostly junior varsity players to the state quarterfinal game against Dodge County Tuesday. Many of the Hawks varsity players are in quarantine.]

Dodge County's first trip to the Minnesota state high school boys hockey tournament this week comes with a south-versus-north challenge in Tuesday's quarterfinals. The No. 9-rated Wildcats did not get a top-five seed. The lack of luck on their random draw pits them against perennial state contender Hermantown, the top seed. Game time is 6 pm Tuesday, March 30 at Xcel Energy Center.

A late season win over No. 7 Little Falls didn't carry enough weight for Dodge County. The Flyers got the fourth seed and open with fifth-seed Delano in Tuesday's final game.

The other side of the bracket includes top-ranked and second-seed Gentry Academy against Northern Lakes and third-seed East Grand Forks playing Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

The Wildcats beat Mankato West last week 4-3 in their first-ever appearance in a section final. Dodge County is led by future Golden Gopher Brody Lamb who tops the state in scoring with 42 goals and 76 points. He has at least one point in every game this season.

The Class AA quarterfinals are Wednesday. The day starts with No. 2 seed Hill-Murray against Wayzata at 11:00. Third-seed Lakeville South (18-0-2, top-ranked by Let's Play Hockey) faces Moorhead. The evening session has top-seed Eden Prairie against St. Thomas Academy and Maple Grove playing Andover in the 4/5 seed game.

All four semifinal games are Friday, April 2. Championship games are Saturday.

The girls tournament resumes with semifinals Thursday, April 1. In Class A, Warroad plays Proctor/Hermantown and Gentry Academy faces Chisago Lakes Area. The AA semifinals are Edina versus Minnetonka and Andover playing Eastview. The girls title games are also on Saturday.

All games are at Excel Energy Center. Click here for the boys tournament program from the MSHSL. The girls program is here.

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