I risked life and limb on some icy roads(not really, it was like a five-minute drive) to watch #1 ranked Wayzata take on Centennial. It was a fun, exciting, competitive game. For about the first three minutes of the game.
Centennial came out with what I actually thought was an excellent game plan, trying to utilize their small speedy forwards to forecheck Wayzata hard, and using their big defensemen to beat up Wayzata physically. Wayzata actually looked like they were a little vulnerable to a heavy forecheck, turning the puck over a few times.
The problem is that a game plan like that requires a lot of discipline. A couple minutes in, Centennial took a bad penalty in the Wayzata end. On the resulting power play, Tony Cameranesi took the puck end to end on a nice rush and scored the game’s first goal. I think it took some wind out of the crowd and the Centennial bench with how easy he made it look. Wayzata scored a quick goal after that and was essentially on cruise control the rest of the way. I left with Wayzata up 5-0 after two periods, and Wayzata ended up winning 6-1.
It was my first high school game of the season, but Wayzata looked the part of the state’s best team. For Centennial, it was a good measuring stick of just how far they have to go, after section favorites Maple Grove played Wayzata to a one-goal game, and Centennial couldn’t keep it that close for five minutes.
Thoughts on individual players after the jump.