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Jason Schmitt is the editor of MIPrepZone.com, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Regional playoff predictions - check them out

Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday we were trying to wrap up the fall sports season and quickly realizing that I had missed the beginning of the hockey season. November ... four months ago ... where has the time gone?
The state hockey playoffs are here and once again expectations are high for Oakland County teams. Catholic Central and St. Mary's are ranked Nos. 1-2 in Division 1. Brother Rice is No. 1 in Division 2. And Cranbrook is No. 1 in Division 3.
Last year, for the first time since 1998, none of the aforementioned teams won a state title. At least one of the four, if not more than one, had captured a title every season since they were shut out in 1997-98. That's a remarkable feat.
This year it wouldn't surprise me at all if all three divisions were won by one of the above teams. That hasn't happened since 2005, when CC, Brother Rice and St. Mary's all won state titles.

That being said, here are my predictions for this year's regional tournament - at least those containing an Oakland County team. Don't agree? I'd love to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment!

DIVISION 1
Region 4
Pre-regional semifinal  (at Perani, Flint)
Grand Blanc over Swartz Creek
Kearsley-Brandon-Holly over Flushing
Pre-regional final 
Grand Blanc over Kearsley-Brandon-Holly 

Regional final (at Perani, Flint)
Grand Blanc over Bay City Wolves

Region 5
Pre-regional semifinal (at Detroit Skating Club)
Lake Orion over Lapeer
Pre-regional final
Lake Orion over Clarkston

Pre-regional semifinals (at Macomb Suburban Ice)
Rochester United over Macomb L’Anse Creuse North
Utica Eisenhower over Macomb Dakota
Pre-regional final
Utica Eisenhower over Rochester United

Regional final (at Mt. Clemens Ice Arena)
Lake Orion over Utica Eisenhower

Region 6
Pre-regional semifinals (at Troy Sports Center)
Berkley-Ferndale over Bloomfield Hills United
Troy over Troy Athens
Pre-regional final
Berkley-Ferndale over Troy

Pre-regional (at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)
Orchard Lake St. Mary's over Birmingham Unified
Livonia Stevenson over Farmington Hills Unified
Pre-regional final
Orchard Lake St. Mary's over Livonia Stevenson

Regional final (at Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena)
Orchard Lake St. Mary's over Berkley-Ferndale

Region 7
Pre-regional (at Compuware Arena)
Novi over South Lyon
Novi Detroit Catholic Central over Northville
Pre-regional final
Catholic Central over Novi

Pre-regional (at Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena)
Canton over Salem
Livonia Churchill  over Plymouth
Pre-regional final
Livonia Churchill over Canton

Regional final (at Compuware Arena)
Catholic Central over Livonia Churchill

DIVISION 2
Region 11
Pre-regional semifinals (at Hartland Sports Center)
Pinckney over Okemos
Hartland over Milford
Pre-regional final
Hartland over Pinckney

Pre-regional semifinals (at Cube Arena, Ann Arbor)
Ann Arbor Pioneer over Ann Arbor Skyline
Saline over Ann Arbor Huron
Pre-regional final
Saline over Ann Arbor Pioneer

Regional final (at Cube Arena, Ann Arbor)
Hartland over Saline

Region 14
Pre-regional semifinals (at Glacier Point)
Oxford over Romeo
Pre-regional final
Oxford over New Baltimore Anchor Bay

Pre-regional semifinals (at Onyx Ice Arena)
Stoney Creek over Utica
Stoney Creek over L’Anse Creuse

Regional final (at Suburban Ice)
Oxford over Stoney Creek

Region 15
Pre-regional semifinals (at Lakeland Ice Arena)
Walled Lake Northern over Walled Lake Central
Lakeland over Walled Lake Western
Pre-regional final
Walled Lake Northern over Lakeland

Pre-regional semifinals (at Lakeland Ice Arena)
West Bloomfield over Waterford Kettering
Pre-regional final
Waterford Mott over West Bloomfield

Regional final (at Lakeland Ice Arena)
Walled Lake Northern over Waterford Mott

Region 16
Pre-regional semifinals (at Farmington Ice Arena)
Birmingham Brother Rice over Royal Oak
Pre-regional final
Brother Rice over Farmington

Regional final (at Oak Park Ice Arena)
Brother Rice over De La Salle

DIVISION 3
Region 20
Pre-regional semifinals (at Polar Palace, Lapeer)
Goodrich over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Pre-regional final
Goodrich over Fenton

Regional final (at Perani’s, Flint)
Flint Powers over Goodrich

Region 21
Pre-regional semifinal (at McMorran Arena, Port Huron)
Marysville over St. Clair
Pre-regional final
Marysville over Macomb Lutheran North

Pre-regional semifinal (at Wallace Ice Arena)
Auburn Hills Avondale over Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Pre-regional final
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood over Avondale

Regional final (at Wallace Ice Arena)
Cranbrook over Marysville

Region 22
Pre-regional semifinals (at Southfield Ice Arena)
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett over Royal Oak Shrine
Pre-regional final
Liggett over Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Regional final
Liggett over Dearborn Divine Child

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You missed a huge part of Region 3...where are Brighton and Howell?

February 24, 2012 at 11:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ortonville Brandon will be playing Flushing at Perani Arena on Tuesday as part of KBH Unified.

February 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM 
Blogger Jason Schmitt said...

Sorry Anonymous1, I stuck to the regions in which our Oakland County teams were participating in. However, I feel the winner of the Brighton/Howell pre-regional final will make it to Compuware. That quarter of the state bracket is much easier to navigate through than the ones involving Regions 5 and 6 and 7 and 8.
Brighton and Howell tied earlier in the year, but right now I think Brighton is playing a little better hockey. I think it's a one-goal game - Brighton 3, Howell 2

February 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM 
Blogger Jason Schmitt said...

Anonymous2, you are absolutely right. When they list the KBH team as Kearsley, it throws us for a loop. I added them to my predictions, though it was a little difficult to research. We don't cover any Bay City/Flint-area hockey, so I believe I found enough information to make a valid prediction.

February 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ike not the team lo pounded lasr yr. Ike has a powerful offense that Orion "D" Cant handle

February 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM 
Blogger Jason Schmitt said...

Anonymous3 - you could be right. Looking down Ike's schedule, they look solid. They beat every OAA team they played, including Clarkston, 4-3. Clarkston and Lake Orion were very close this year (Lake Orion won twice, each time by a goal).
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles beat the Dragons, or even Clarkston. Cliche', yes, but it is hard to beat a team three times in a season.

February 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM 

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