St. Thomas Repeats as Class A Champion

ST. PAUL – In a repeat of last year's class A final, St. Thomas Academy once again found themselves as state champions after a convincing 5-1 win over the Hermantown Hawks.

Both teams came out ready to claim the A championship but it was defending champion St. Thomas who put up the first tally of the game. Matt Perry tapped a rebound past the Hermantown goaltender to take the first lead of the game at 2:53. Austin Sattler and Alex Johnson assisted on the goal.

Under three minutes later the Cadets added to their lead with a hard wrist shot from the top of the circle by Alex Johnson after some hard work by Matt Perry and Andrew Commers who were credited with assists.

Hermantown had a powerplay opportunity in the first but were unable to convert, heading into the middle frame down by two goals and trailing 9-7 in shots on net.

Following a Hermantown penalty in the second, Alex Johnson continued his stellar game by netting his second goal at 7:26. Before the Cadet fans had time to take their seats, the puck was in the net again, this time off the stick of St. Thomas ‘ Peter Krieger to make the score 4-0.

Less than three minutes after, St. Thomas made the score 5-0 on a goal by Austin Sattler with the assists going to Johnson and Matt Perry.

Hermantown continued to work and forced the Cadets into two penalties just six seconds apart, giving the Hawks a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. Jared Kolquist found the back of the net on a huge slapshot at 11:34 to make it 5-1 in favor of the Cadets.

With a sizable and comfortable lead in the third, St. Thomas was able to play conservative defensive hockey and only allowed one solid scoring chance in the third period, sailing to their second straight state title.

Player of the game: Coming into the championship game, Alex Johnson hadn't recorded a single point during the Tourney. Saturday was a different story as he scored or assisted on four of St. Thomas' five goals.

Stat of the game: Leading 2-0 after the first, St. Thomas needed to extend their lead in the middle frame. They did just that, amassing an incredible 17 shots on net in the second.


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