The 2011 Boys Division II Playoffs will see Timpanogos defending their title as the No. 1 seed from the Utah County Conference. Herriman, in their first year of competitive play managed to get the No. 1 seed from the Salt Lake Conference. Davis, who was ranked No. 1 in every Prodigy Coaches Poll, took the top spot from the Davis Conference while Mountain Crest sneaked into the No. 1 spot from the North Conference.
Before we get to the match-ups, here are final stat leaders for Division II:
Points Per Game: Dillon Yocom – Davis – 4.85 ppg
Goals: Christopher McKee – Mountain Crest – 50 goals
Assists: Nelson Brady – Box Elder – 41 assists
Face Offs Won: Joshua Freeman – Lehi – 173 Face Offs Won
Face Off Percentage: Brian Christensen – Box Elder – 72.6% (85/117)
Saves: Clay Grosshans – Idaho Falls – 193 Saves
Save Percentage: Clay Grosshans – Idaho Falls – 65.6% (193/294)
Here’s a look at the match-ups:
No. 1 Timpanogos v. No. 4 Fremont
The Timberwolves finished their season with an impressive 11-2 record, with their only losses coming to two Division I teams – Brighton and Copper Hills. The T-Wolves attack is ferocious with Tanner Marsh, Jacob Hougaard and Winston Farley. Marsh finished the season with 19 goals and 27 assists, leading the team with an average of 3.83 points per game. Hougaard had 27 goals and 16 assists and Farley notched 34 goals and 1 assist. In goal, the T-Wolves are led by Cameron Wilkey who had a 61.5% save average during the season. Fremont finished the season with 5 wins and 8 losses. Fremont will have to play their best game to upset Timpanogos.
No. 2 Box Elder v. No. 3 Highland
Box Elder comes in to the game with a 10-3 record, losing to to D-I Weber, Conference foe Mountain Crest and a one-goal loss to Davis. Highland finished the season with just one win over Murray. Kyle Bergeson will led the Rams after averaging 1.6 points per game during the season. The Bees will be led by Brady Nelson who had 14 goals on the season and 41 assists. Andrew Bennett will also look to contribute after scoring 35 goals and 17 assists during the season. Look for the Bees to get out to an early start and roll over the Rams.
No. 2 East v. No. 3 Idaho Falls
East enters the game with a 3-10 record with wins over Pocatello, Murray and Highland. Idaho Falls finish the season at an even 6-6. These two teams met back on March 26 with Idaho Falls coming away with a 11-4 victory. Cory Walker will lead the Eagles after averaging 3.58 points per game on 33 goals and 10 assists. East is led by Anderson brothers. Michael had 15 goals and 9 assists on the year while older brother Dean had 11 goals and 12 assists. East will have to play to their potential and hope the long drive will tire Idaho Falls if they hope to advance to the next round.
No. 1 Davis v. No 4 Mountain View
Davis comes into the game with a 12-1 record, losing to D-I Weber. The Darts scored 176 goals during the season while only allowing 70. The Darts are led by Dillon Yocom who is averaging 4.67 points per game. The Bruins are 2-6 on the season, beating Murray and Herriman. Davis will go up early and often en route to a big victory.
No. 1 Herriman v. No. 4 Pocatello
The Mustangs cruised to the No. 1 seed mainly due to the lack of competition in the Salt Lake Conference. Herriman is 5-6 on the year including a 12-2 win over Pocatello on April 2. Herriman is led by Devin Porter who had 20 goals and 12 assists during the season which was good enough for a 2.67 points per game average. The Mustangs should cruise to victory but will be challenged in the next round.
No. 2 Northridge v. No. 3 Lehi
This will likely be the best game of the first round in Division II. Lehi beat Northridge on March 31 by one goal in a great game. The Knights come into the game with a 6-6 record and are led by Christian Schlichte who had 28 goals and 11 assists in the season in only 9 games. Tyler Adams will challenge the Pioneers in the midfield after averaging 2.33 points per game. Lehi posted a 11-4 record, losing to D-I Copper Hills by one goal, Spanish Fork, D-I Olympus and Timpanogos. The Pioneers are led by Jackson Measles out of the midfield who averaged 3.5 points per game after notching 27 goals and 22 assists. This one will come down to whoever wants the win more.
No. 2 Spanish Fork v. No. 3 West
Spanish Fork had 7 wins and 4 losses, two of which were by one goal to Division I teams American Fork and Bonneville. The Warriors are led by Algernon Baxter who averaged 3.64 points per game after notching 28 goals and 12 assists during the regular season. West had 3 wins and 10 losses and are led by Devin Porter who had 20 goals and 12 assists on the season. Spanish Fork should walk away with a comfortable win.
No. 1 Mountain Crest v. No. 4 Murray
This game won’t even be close, but it will give Murray much needed experience. Mountain Crest finished with 9 wins and 5 losses while Murray finished 0-12. This will be a great game for the Mountain Crest youngsters to get some playing time.