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Saturday, March 10, 2012
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Rochester Lourdes
St. Thomas Academy
Thief River Falls

Class A review

By Staff Report
St. Paul, Minn.

Defending Class A champion St. Thomas Academy opened semifinal Friday with a 1-0 win over Breck. Hermantown followed with a 3-2 victory over Thief River Falls, guaranteeing a rematch of the 2011 Class A championship won by the Cadets.

Check out the links below to catch up on Class A quarterfinal action.

Class A bracket

Finals

(2) St. Thomas Academy  5, vs. (1) Hermantown 1
By the Pioneer Press: The championship rematch proved no match between Hermantown and St. Thomas Academy, which used the renewal of this Class A rivalry Saturday to reassert its Class A supremacy in Minnesota high school hockey. The Cadets exploded for four second-period goals and dominated the previously undefeated Hawks 5-1 at Xcel Energy Center to skate away with their fourth small-school title since 2006. Click here for more from the Pioneer Press.

Semifinals
(3) Breck 0, (2) St. Thomas Academy 1
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press: One last defensive stand. It's the final item on St. Thomas Academy's to-do list in what it hopes will be a successful defense of its Minnesota Class A boys hockey championship. The Cadets' stonewalling defense took center stage again Friday when St. Thomas Academy blanked Breck 1-0 in the small-school semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center. Click here for more from the Pioneer Press.

(4) Thief River Falls 2, (1) Hermantown 3
By Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune: Oftentimes the mark of a sports champion is defined by performance under adversity. That’s what St. Thomas Academy showed when it rallied from three goals down to beat Hermantown in the 2011 Class A boys hockey state championship game. And that’s what Hermantown put on display when it fell behind Thief River Falls in the third period of Friday’s high school state tournament semifinal at Xcel Energy Center, only to rally and win to set up a rematch with St. Thomas. Jared Kolquist and Jared Thomas scored in the final period — Thomas’ second goal of the game, fourth of the tournament and 30th of the season caroming off a defenseman’s skate — to beat Thief River Falls 3-2 and keep alive hopes of an undefeated season. Click here for more from the Duluth News Tribune.

Quarterfinals
(2) St. Thomas Academy 7, Little Falls 0
By Tim Leighton, Pioneer Press: Playing strong defensive hockey isn't glamorous, but somehow the St. Thomas Academy boys hockey team has made it look dazzling. The Cadets played their usual stifling defense in a 7-0 victory over Little Falls in a Class A quarterfinal game of the state boys hockey tournament Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center. Tom Novak and Andrew Commers took care of the offensive end with two goals each, but it was another stingy performance by the defense that drew the most praise. Click here for more from the Pioneer Press.

(3) Breck 7, Duluth Marshall 0
From the Pioneer Press: Breck senior forward Grant Opperman is 0 for 3 in his past three games against St. Thomas Academy. Sick of being on the losing end against the Cadets, he has one last chance to end the skid Friday.
Opperman had a goal and two assists to lead the Mustangs to a 7-0 victory over Duluth Marshall in a Class A quarterfinal game Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. The victory propelled No. 3-seeded Breck (25-3-1) into the small-school semifinals Friday against the second-seeded Cadets, the defending Class A champions. Click here for more from the Pioneer Press.

(1) Hermantown 7, Rochester Lourdes 2
By Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune: The last time Hermantown goaltender Matt Mensinger had allowed a goal, Super Bowl XLIV hype was in full swing, Punxsutawney Phil had just seen his shadow and winter’s fury had yet to visit the Twin Ports. But Rochester Lourdes not only ended the senior’s month-plus shutout streak, it scored twice in the opening period of Wednesday’s Class A boys hockey state tournament quarterfinal at Xcel Energy Center. Click here for more from the Duluth News Tribune.

(4) Thief River Falls 5, New Ulm 1
By Ryan S. Clark, Grand Forks Herald: Open ice and a lonesome goaltender makes for pretty good target practice. Tanner Nessen and Riley Soderstrom certainly weren’t complaining. The duo scored two goals each, leading the Thief River Falls boys hockey team to a 5-1 win over New Ulm on Wednesday in the Class A semifinal of the Minnesota state boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. “Just using my speed I guess,” Soderstrom said. “My linemates forechecking leaves me open and I use that to my advantage.” Click here for more from the Grand Forks Herald.

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