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By Luke Sleeper

For the second consecutive year, St. Thomas Academy and Hermantown battled for the Class 1A boys hockey championship, and for the second consecutive year it was the all-boys private school from Mendota Heights that claimed the title, ending Hermantown’s run at a perfect season.

Junior forward Matt Perry got the scoring going early for St. Thomas, finding the net with 2:53 into the first period with assists from Austin Sattler and Alex Johnson. It was Johnson who scored next for the Cadets, shooting successfully from a sharp angle at the top of the circle. The junior forward would go on to score again in the second period to complete a three-point day. Austin Sattler also tallied three points, getting two assists and scoring St. Thomas’ fifth and final goal 10:08 into the second period.

With the score 5-0, Hermantown finally got on the board 11:34 into the second during a 5-on-3 advantage. Senior captain Jared Kolquist’s slap-shot goal would be the only score for Hermantown.

“It’s really tough for us to match up with (St. Thomas),” Hermantown coach Bruce Plant said. “It’s like they have three first lines and we have just one. Your typical 1A team can’t match that kind of depth.”

Midway through the second period, with the game still very much up in the air and the score 2-0, St. Thomas scored two goals within 11 seconds that seemingly put it away.

As Cadets goaltender David Zevnik pointed out, it allowed St. Thomas to go to the strength of their game to close out the win.

“(The two goals) really took the pressure off,” he said. “It allowed us to do what we do best and that’s play defense.”

Zevnik and his goal-guarding teammates have put together an incredible run of stellar defensive play. Since mid-January St. Thomas has played 15 consecutive games while allowing just one goal or less, including the three state tournament games. Kolquist’s second-period goal was the only one given up
by Zevnik and the Cadets in the tournament.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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