The prestigious Lakeview Summer Classic varsity boys hockey tournament begins Friday at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.
Eight-teams, including Section 7AA power Grand Rapids, will compete in the three-day event. Rochester Lourdes, a Class 1A state qualifier the past four years which features senior forward Alex Funk, and perennial Wisconsin state champion Superior will also take part. The championship game is 3 p.m. Sunday.
Defending Section 7A champion Duluth Marshall is the host team. Senior F Kris McKinzie and junior F Anthony Miller of Marshall are elite Minnesota prep players.
Grand Rapids is led by Upper Midwest High School Hockey Elite League Team North standouts D David Horsmann, D Curtis Simonson and F Avery Peterson, a super-junior-to-be who had a team-high 46 points for the Thunderhawks last season. Senior defenseman Jake Bischoff, a Gophers recruit, is not expected to be in the Grand Rapids lineup this weekend.
The tourney schedule:
Friday, 6:15 p.m. — East Grand Forks vs. Rochester Lourdes
Friday, 8:30 p.m. — Duluth Marshall vs. Bemidji
Saturday, 9:15 a.m. — Grand Rapids vs. Mahtomedi
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. — St. Cloud Cathedral vs. Superior
Saturday, 1:45 p.m. — East Grand Forks-Rochester Lourdes loser vs. Duluth Marshall-Bemidji loser
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. — Grand Rapids-Mahtomedi loser vs. Cathedral-Superior loser
Saturday, 4 p.m. — East Grand Forks-Rochester Lourdes winner vs. Duluth Marshall-Bemidji winner
Saturday, 6:15 p.m. — Grand Rapids-Mahtomedi winner vs. Cathedral-Superior winner
Sunday, 8 a.m.
Sunday, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, 12:45 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.