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Top 25 Michigan hockey rankings for Jan. 21: Marquette, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Central and Allen Park make top 25 debuts

By: Sean Baligian, January 21, 2019, 2:45 pm

Two weeks haven’t changed much at the very top of the rankings, with the Shamrocks, Eagles and Hawks still making up the top three. There are some big tests on the horizon for the teams in the top 25, while Marquette, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central and Allen Park make their top-25 debuts.

The rankings for the week of Jan. 21:

 

1. Detroit Catholic Central —  The Shamrocks remain unbeaten in state at 13-0, but have two big tests this week as they host Trenton and U of D Jesuit.

 

2. Hartland — The Eagles have improved to 15-0 in state, and renew acquaintances with Livonia Stevenson Friday at home in a battle of Division 2 titans.

 

3. Saginaw Heritage — Coach JJ Bamberger has his Hawks sitting at 12-0, and they have outscored opponents 83-11 en route to their outstanding start.

 

4. Livonia Stevenson — The Spartans are rolling with a 14-game unbeaten streak, that now includes 8 straight wins. All eyes will be on Hartland Friday night for the match up with the Eagles.

 

5. Trenton — The Trojans are rolling with seven straight wins, but face two tests this week as they travel to play Catholic Central, and host a good Allen Park squad.

 

6. Warren DeLaSalle — The Pilots made a statement last week towards Division 3 bragging rights with wins over U of D Jesuit and Cranbrook-Kingswood.

 

7. Calumet — The Copper Kings split a pair with U of D Jesuit, further complicating the already complicated Division 3 ranks.

 

8. U of D Jesuit — The Cubbies bounced back from an 8-0 loss to post a 3-2 victory over Calumet to split the series up in Copper Country. A game at Catholic Central on Saturday is looming large.

 

9. Brownstown-Woodhaven — The Warriors have now won 16 straight games, but that streak will be put to the test this week with games against Macomb Dakota and Detroit Country Day.

 

10. Detroit Country Day — The defending Division 3 champs have now won six straight, and face two top-10 teams this week, as they travel to Brownstown-Woodhaven, and host Livonia Stevenson.

 

11. Houghton — The Gremlins have put together a four-game win streak in state, and coach Corey Markham has a team that will battle from the drop of the puck.

 

12. Cranbrook-Kingswood — The Cranes bounced back from a 4-3 loss to Warren DeLaSalle with a 10-2 win over Grosse Pointe South. Next up: A visit to Oak Park Arena, to take on Birmingham Brother Rice.

 

13. Birmingham Brother Rice — The Warriors remain a big threat come playoff time in Division 2, and have a big week in front of them as they travel to take on Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and host Cranbrook-Kingswood.

 

14. Davison — The Cardinals are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak at 6-0-1, and will be a tough out in the Division 2 playoffs.

 

15. Saline — The Hornets are riding a 12-game unbeaten streak at 9-0-3, and are being led by two outstanding blue liners in Brendan Murphy and Mason Ausmus.

 

16. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern-Eastern — Going unbeaten in their last eight at 6-0-2 gives FHNE bragging rights on the westside for now. Two fantastic match ups this weekend, as they face Forest Hills Central and East Grand Rapids.

 

17. Brighton — The defending Division 1 champs have won three of four, and host Livonia Franklin, and an improving Novi squad this week.

 

18. Marquette — The Redmen make their debut in our top 25 as they have put together a nine-game winning streak after a 2-3-1 start to the season.

 

19. Plymouth — The Wildcats are 11-5 in-state, and have a week of rest before they return to action Friday night at Northville.

 

20. Flint Powers Catholic — The Chargers have compiled an 11-2-2 start to the season, and are being led by forward Luke Evo, who is tearing it up with 25 goals and 22 assists in just 15 games.

 

21. East Grand Rapids — The Pioneers jump into our top 25 by virtue of winning eight of their last nine games. Two tests await them this week with games against Grand Rapids Christian and Forest Hills Northern-Eastern.

 

22. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central — The Rangers jump back into our top 25 after taking three of their last four games. The game on Friday against Forest Hills Norther-Eastern should be mandatory viewing for fans.

 

23. Byron Center — The Bulldogs sit at 12-4, and one of the teams to keep an eye on, in what an anonymous Coach called “The Wild, Wild, Westside.”

 

24. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s — The Eaglets remain one of the toughest teams in Division 1, and have an opportunity for a signature win on Wednesday, when they play host to Birmingham Brother Rice.

 

25. Allen Park — A run of 6-1-1 in their last eight games catapults the Jags into our top 25. Two big games downriver this week as they face Wyandotte Roosevelt and Trenton.