The top four teams in the Ohio high school rankings each reside in a different region of the state playoff structure, leaving open the possibility of all four ending up in Columbus for the state tournament in March.
Saint Ignatius won a tournament at Notre Dame to solidify their status as the state's top-ranked team.
#2 Olentangy Liberty continued their dominance, posting three consecutive shutouts on their way to the Blue Jackets Cup title as tournament champions of the Capital Hockey Conference. The Patriots (33-1-1) have not lost since November.
Sylvania Northview defeated #5 St. Edward last weekend and, as a result, moved up to #3.
University School, now ranked #4, played in the Great Lakes Hockey League's tournament final for the sixth time in 10 years and won the Cleveland Cup for the first time, defeating #6 Gilmour Academy, 3-2.
There were upsets aplenty in the GCHSHL tournament as Benedictine won the Baron Cup for the first time since 1971, defeating Amherst in the championship game.
The unranked Comets knocked out #25 Rocky River and #16 Mentor before falling to the Bengals, while Benedictine also eliminated #23 Hudson in the semifinals.
There is no tournament in the Northwest Hockey Conference, but regular season champ Northview added to their resume with the road win at St. Edward.
And Beavercreek, ranked #34 in the state, defeated Elder and Troy to win the SWOHSHL tournament championship. The Beavers will open the regional playoffs in Columbus against Gahanna Lincoln.
Teams that saw a boost in their ranking this week in addition to Northview included Olentangy Berlin, Shaker Heights, St. Xavier and New Albany.
Baron Cup finalists Benedictine and Amherst sit just outside the Top 25 along with Western Reserve Academy, Dublin Coffman and Thomas Worthington.
The other day, Blade hockey writer Mark Monroe sent out a tweet that was news to many in the Ohio pucks community.
“Just saw that the 1st of the 2 high school hockey state semifinals at Nationwide Arena in Columbus is being held at 9 in the morning on March 11,” he wrote. “Way too early for a game of that significance.”
The Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo areas were all represented in the Top 5 of the first MyHockeyRankings of the 2022-23 season released today at www.myhockeyrankings.com.
Independents Saint Ignatius and St. Edward came in at the top, ranked 1-2 ahead of Olentangy Liberty of the Capital Hockey Conference.
Two Northwest Hockey Conference squads, Sylvania Northview and Findlay, rounded out the Top 5.
Defending state champion Gilmour Academy came in at #6, followed by Great Lakes Hockey League rivals University School and Padua Franciscan.
Olentangy Berlin (CHC) and Walsh Jesuit (GLHL) also placed in the Top 10.
The top-ranked teams from the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League were Mentor (#15) and Hudson (#17) while Beavercreek (#34) was the top team from the Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League.
Clink the link below to see the full rankings which include 51 OHSAA teams that have played the minimum sample of five games: