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MICHIGAN HOCKEY RANKINGS: Liggett, Trenton, Alpena and Heritage enter first top 25 of 2022

By: SEAN BALIGIAN, January 3, 2022, 7:30 am

Three weeks have past since our last rankings on Dec. 13, and that has brought some changes to the top 25, with four new teams — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Trenton, Alpena and Saginaw Heritage — entering, replacing the quartet of Jackson Lumen Christi, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard-Greenhills, Port Huron Northern and Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Here are the newest STATE CHAMPS! rankings for Jan. 3:

1 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (D1, 8-1)

Last ranking: 1

How they fared: Idle since Dec. 11

What’s coming up: The Shamrocks go on the road to face No. 12 Grosse Pointe South, and host No. 9 Orchard Lake St. Marys this week.

2 Riverview Gabriel Richard (D3, 12-2)

Last ranking: 3

How they fared: Beat Detroit Country Day, 1-0; beat Brownstown Woodhaven, 5-4; beat Allen Park Cabrini, 5-1; beat Dearborn Divine Child, 5-1; beats Wyandotte Roosevelt, 8-0.

What’s coming up: The Pioneers travel to No. 23 Midland Dow and host No. 18 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett this week.

3 Marquette (D2, 9-1-1)

Last ranking: 5

How they fared: Beat Hancock, 8-0; beat Kingsford, 8-2.

What’s coming up: The Redmen travel to Painesdale-Jeffers, before hosting the Bay Reps.

4 Muskegon Mona Shores (D2, 11-1) 

Last ranking: 7

How they fared: Beat Grand Rapids Christian, 8-0; beat Wyandotte Roosevelt, 4-1; beat Allen Park, 6-0; beat Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, 9-1; beat No. 25 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 4-3 (OT).

What’s coming up: The Sailors host Birmingham Unified and Canton this week.

5 Warren De La Salle (D3, 9-2)

Last ranking: 2

How they fared: Lost to Trenton, 2-1; beat Detroit U-D Jesuit, 3-1 and 2-0

What’s coming up: The Pilots are on the road for tilts with No. 17 Byron Center and Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

6 Hartland (D2, 10-3)

Last ranking: 6

How they fared: Lost to Salem, 3-2; beat No. 4 Birmingham Brother Rice, 4-3 (OT); beat Northville, 3-0.

What’s coming up: The Eagles host Plymouth this week.

7 Flint Powers (D3, 8-1)

Last ranking: 8

How they fared: Beat No. 22 Port Huron Northern, 2-1 (OT); beat No. 17 Jackson Lumen Christi, 5-1; beat Rochester Adams, 8-0.

What’s coming up: The Chargers have road tilts against Davison and Bloomfield Hills.

8 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (D3, 7-1-1)

Last ranking: 11

How they fared: Beat No. 22 Port Huron Northern, 3-1; beat No. 15 Calumet, 6-1

What’s coming up: The Cranes host No. 12 Grosse Pointe South Saturday.

9 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (D3, 7-0)

Last ranking: 12

How they fared: Beat Detroit U-D Jesuit, 1-0; beat No. 4 Birmingham Brother Rice, 5-1.

What’s coming up: The Eaglets travel to Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday.

10 Livonia Stevenson (D2, 9-2)

Last ranking: 10

How they fared: Beat Northville, 6-1; beat No. 13 Brighton, 3-2; beat Plymouth, 6-0.

What’s coming up: The Spartans host Trenton and hit the road against U of D Jesuit.

11 Calumet (D3, 7-3)

Last ranking: 15

How they fared: Lost to No. 11 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 6-1; beat Detroit Country Day, 6-4; beat No. 14 Houghton, 5-3; beat Hancock, 4-3 (OT); beat No. 14 Houghton, 3-2 (OT)

What’s coming up: The Copper Kings host Novi and No. 14 Brighton.

12 Grosse Pointe South (D3, 7-3-1)

Last ranking: 9

How they fared: Beat Troy, 5-1; lost to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 2-1; beat Ann Arbor Huron, 7-1.

What’s coming up: The Blue Devils host No. 1 Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Thursday.

13 Birmingham Brother Rice (D2, 3-6)

Last ranking: 4

How they fared: Lost to No. 6 Hartland, 4-3 (OT); lost to No. 12 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 5-1.

What’s coming up: The Warriors host Port Huron Northern on Thursday.

14 Brighton (D1, 6-4-1)

Last ranking: 13

How they fared: Tied No. 20 Livonia Churchill, 2-2 (OT); lost to No. 10 Livonia Stevenson, 3-2; beat Howell, 3-0.

What’s coming up: The Bulldogs travel to the U.P. to take on Hancock and No. 11 Calumet.

15 Livonia Churchill (D3, 4-0-3)

Last ranking: 20

How they fared: Tied No. 13 Brighton, 2-2 (OT); tied Howell, 4-4 (OT)

What’s coming up: The Chargers are on the road to face Dexter, and host Novi.

16 Houghton (D3, 6-5)

Last ranking: 14

How they fared: Beat Painesdale Jeffers, 3-1; lost to No. 15 Calumet, 5-3 and 3-2 (OT)

What’s coming up: The Gremlins host Northville and Novi.

17 Byron Center (D2, 6-3-1)

Last ranking: 21

How they fared: Beat Holland West Ottawa, 4-3 (OT); beat Bay Reps, 4-1; tied No. 25 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 1-1.

What’s coming up: 3 home games this week against Grand Rapids Catholic Central, No. 5 Warren De La Salle and Rockford.

18 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (D3, 7-3)

Last ranking: N/R

How they fared: Beat Utica, 9-1; beat No. 23 M1 Griffins, 6-3; beat No. 9 Grosse Pointe South, 2-1.

What’s coming up: The Knights hit the road for games at No. 2 Riverview Gabriel Richard and Detroit Country Day.

19 Grandville (D1, 9-1)

Last ranking: 24

How they fared: Beat Bay Reps, 2-1; beat Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, 10-2; beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern, 5-2; beat No. 25 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 3-1. 

What’s coming up: The Bulldogs have 3 road games against Rockford, White Lake Lakeland and Milford.

20 Trenton (D2, 5-5)

Last ranking: N/R

How they fared: Beat No. 2 Warren De La Salle, 2-1; beat Dearborn Edsel Ford, 8-0; beat Gibraltar Carlson, 10-2.

What’s coming up: The Trojans are on the road against No. 10 Livonia Stevenson and host Allen Park.

21 Alpena (D3, 7-4)

Last ranking: N/R

How they fared: Beat No. 16 Traverse City Central, 3-2 (OT); beat Cadillac, 5-2; beat Escanaba, 3-2 (SO).

What’s coming up: The Wildcats have a busy week with games against Cheboygan, Plymouth and Fenton/Linden Griffins.

22 Traverse City Central (D2, 6-3-1)

Last ranking: 16

How they fared: Tied Traverse City West, 0-0 (OT); lost to Alpena, 3-2 (OT); beat Caledonia, 4-1; lost to Saginaw Heritage, 5-4; beat Traverse City West, 7-3.

What’s coming up: The Trojans are on the road against Cadilliac on Wednesday.

23 Midland Dow (D3, 5-2-1)

Last ranking: 19

How they fared: Beat Saginaw Heritage, 3-1; lost to Lake Orion, 2-1; beat Big Rapids, 6-0.

What’s coming up: The Chargers host No. 2 Gabriel Richard and Howell this week.

24 Saginaw Heritage (D1, 6-4)

Last ranking: N/R

How they fared: Lost to No. 19 Midland Dow, 3-1; lost to Canton, 5-4 (OT); beat Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit, 9-2; beat No 16 Traverse City Central, 5-4; beat Rockford, 4-2.

What’s coming up: The Hawks host Traverse City West on Saturday.

25 M-1 Griffins Unified (D1, 8-1)

Last ranking: 23

How they fared: Lost to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 6-3; Beat Grosse Pointe North, 8-2.

What’s coming up: The Griffins host Bloomfield Hills Friday, and go on the road against Rochester United Saturday.

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Dropped out: No. 17 Jackson Lumen Christi, No. 18 Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard-Greenhills, No. 22 Port Huron Northern, No. 25 Grand Rapids Catholic Central