Saturday, March 12, 2011
1A Final: STA def. Hermantown
By MNSO Staff
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
#1 St. Thomas Academy 5
Taylor Fleming: OT goal
Andrew Commers: 2 goals, 1 assist
David Zevnik: 29 saves
#2 Hermantown 4
Jared Thomas: 2 goals
Andrew Mattson: 2 goals, 1 assist
Connor Lucas: 41 saves
Taylor Fleming. Remember that name. St. Thomas Academy students present and future will never forget it. Fleming blasted home the Class A championship-clinching goal at 6:34 of overtime to beat Hermantown 5-4.
"Words can't express it," Fleming said of his goal. "(It was) an unbelievable moment."
"It was a perfect shot," AJ Reid said. "Low, just like you teach the D."
The Cadets, champs in 2006 and 2008, came back from an early 3-0 deficit and inferior late game play to clinch their third 1A title.
The Hawks staked themselves to a 3-0 lead after one period of play. Jared Thomas got the scoring started at 3:57, and Andrew Mattson followed 39 seconds later to make it 2-0.
STA was still on their heels two-and-a-half minutes later when Thomas scored his second of the game.
The Cadets, though, were the ones that took a bit of momentum into intermission when Andrew Commers scored with 26 seconds left on the clock.
The Cadets used that spark to score an early second period goal, this time from the blade of Peter Krieger.
Nearly nine minutes would pass before Mattson would respond for the Hawks, and move Hermantown's lead back to two.
AJ Reid would pull STA within one with another goal late in the period. Reid's goal came with 2:03 to go before the second intermission.
The third period was dominated in waves by both teams. Andrew Commers got STA on the board less than five minutes in while the Cadets had the tilted ice.
The advantage swung to the Hawks for an extended period, but they were unable to break the tie. Both teams had some odd-man rushes, but neither could capitalize and the game was sent to overtime.
Hermantown coach Bruce Plante liked how his squad competed against such a powerful team. "They're a double-A team playing single-A hockey," Plante said.