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Boys Ice Hockey Rankings: Grandville moves up to No. 2 behind Detroit CC

By: Jeff Dullack, January 2, 2018, 5:14 pm
  1.  Detroit Catholic Central.  The Shamrocks are rolling with an 8-0 in-state start that has seen them outscore opponents 40-5, while posting five shutouts.

        2. Grandville.  The Bulldogs are off to an impressive 10-0 start and all eyes will be on the Georgetown Ice Center on Saturday when Grandville hosts Detroit Catholic Central.

        3. Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans remain at this spot in our rankings with an impressive 7-2 start, and they have the "team to beat" tag in the tough Division 2.

        4. Flint Powers. An 8-0-2 start has the Chargers as the highest rated Division 3 team to start 2018.

        5. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. The Eaglets are on fire having won five straight and are the third team in our top 5 out of Division 1.

        6. Hartland. The Eagles are off to a 7-2 start and remain one of the teams to beat in Division 2 once again.

        7. Utica Eisenhower. Coach Bob Hall continues to do a fine job with his Eagles as they are off to a solid 7-1-1 start.

        8. Hancock. The Bulldogs will have a big say with regards to how things will shape out once the Division 3 playoffs start. Hancock is 9-2.

        9. Brighton. The Bulldogs remain in our top 10 with a 6-3-1 record and boast one of the toughest schedules in the state.

        10. Saline. The Hornet land a well-deserved spot in our top 10 by virtue of their 8-1 start to the season. Coach Paul Fassbender is a serious coach of the year candidate.

        11. Northville. Coach Clint Robert and his Mustangs are 6-3 and a threat to beat any team in Division 1.

        12. Trenton. The Trojans are riding an impressive 6-game unbeaten streak and are off to a solid 7-2-1 start.

        13. Plymouth. The Wildcats are 6-2-1 and have a Division 2 showdown with Livonia Stevenson looming on January 3.

        14. Saginaw Heritage. The Hawks are off to a fantastic 8-1-1 start after making the jump from Division 3 to Division 1.

        15. Birmingham Brother Rice. The Warriors are heating up as of late with back-to-back wins over Hartland and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood.

        16. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. The Cranes sit at 7-5 but are capable of knocking off any team based on the incredibly tough schedule that they play.

        17. Chelsea. The Bulldogs are 8-1-1 and coach Don Wright continues to produce quality teams year in and year out.

        18. Troy. The Colts are off to a solid 8-1 start and will be an intriguing story to watch at Division 1 playoff time.

        19. Houghton. The Gremlins are playing their best hockey as of late as they are winners of five straight

        20. Livonia Churchill. The Chargers are 6-3 and coach Jason Reynolds will have them ready for the Division 3 playoffs.

        21. Warren DeLaSalle. The defending Division 3 champs remain one of the teams to beat as the schedule makes them battle tested come playoff time.

        22. U-D Jesuit. The Cubs remain a team capable of a long run in Division 1 and look to halt a three-game losing streak when they host Hartland on January 5.

        23. Sault Ste. Marie. The Blue Devils sit at 8-3-1 and yet another force in Division 3.

        24. Calumet. The Copper Kings have established themselves as a Division 3 beast in recent years come playoff time and this year should be no different.

        25. Midland Dow. The Chargers stay in our top 25 with a solid 7-2 start in the compelling Division 2 ranks.

Breakdown by Division: Division 1: 10 Teams Division 2: 7 teams Division 3: 8 teams

 

Here are some of the top players in the race for Mr. Hockey.

 

F. Adam Conquest, Brighton. A USHL draft choice and Bowling Green commit, Conquest has 13 points in seven games this season. 

 

F. Dawson McKay, Houghton. 11 goals and 12 assists in 11 games.

 

F. Drew Welsch, Trenton. The sign of a solid player is when multiple coaches tell you he should be on our list. His 14 goals and 5 assists in just 10 games only reinforces that.

 

F. Josh Albring, Hartland. 6 goals 11 assists in 9 games.

 

F. Alex Nordstrom, Hancock.  9 Goals 13 assists in 11 games.

 

F. Brendan West, Detroit Catholic Central. 6 goals and 11 assists in 10 games.

 

F. Case Kantgias, Cranbrook Kingswood. 7 goals and 5 assists in 12 games. 

 

D. Jack Sargent, Northville.  7 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. 

 

D. Jake Beaune, Livonia Stevenson. 5 goals and 5 assists in 9 games.

 

D. Jordan Kovacs, Warren DeLaSalle. 4 goals and 6 assists in 10 games.

 

D. Sam Brennan, Brighton. 5 goals and 7 assists in 12 games.

 

G. Will Tragge, Livonia Stevenson. 7-2 with a 1.82 Goals against average and 3 shutouts.

 

(F-forward; D-defenseman; G-goaltender)