Cathedral Faces 'Cinderella' In Championship
Justin Ekstrom | Mar 9, 2019 AT 8:11 am
(KNSI) - In past years at the Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament, the 2018-2019 Cathedral Crusaders would be the underdogs heading into the championship game.
Calling a team that has never been to a state championship game an underdog would be common practice for the storied tournament.
However, the Crusaders face a Greenway team that was an underdog in their own section final when they faced perennial powerhouse Hermantown.
Make no mistake about it, though, the Raiders are on a hot-streak the tournament always seems to get behind come championship-time.
Grand Rapids hockey enthusiast, Jon Toivonen says Cathedral may have more to deal with than the talented players Greenway puts on the ice.
"When the Raiders take the ice today they are backed by the state of Minnesota and the people that believe in the little guy. It’s more than a state title, it’s pride."
Very little of what is behind the two teams matters at this point and Crusaders' head coach Derrick Brown looks forward to the chance to complete something that has never been accomplished.
"[It is a] great opportunity for our program and for [Section 6A] to do something that hasn't been done and win a state title."
Although that is always the goal this time of year, Brown knows the task at hand will not be easy.
"It's going to be a mighty challenge; Greenway is on a magical run."
The "magical run" continued when Greenway's Ben Troumbly scored with 1:46 left in regulation to tie Mahtomedi at two-goals-apiece.
Troumbly then netted the game-winner early in the overtime period to send the Raiders to the championship game.
Both teams have high-powered offenses but they also have goalies that are on their own hot-streaks.
Greenway's Logan Wright stopped 35 Zephyr shots in the semi-finals to give him a whopping 56 saves for the tournament.
Cathedral's Noah Amundson has been playing lights-out as well as he has stopped 33 shots in the game against East Grand Forks.
Should the high-powered offense of Cathedral, led by Nate Warner, Blake Perbix and Jack Smith break through the stone wall that has been Logan Wright, the Crusaders would be the first MN Boys Hockey State Champion from the St. Cloud Area.
What should be an epic battle between two state championship-worthy teams will be played at Xcel Energy Center today, March 9th at noon.
Due to the possibility of a major snow storm, many Cathedral faithful will be watching at H.R. Pestys in Waite Park and all are welcomed to join.
If weather makes it so you are unable to watch the game at Pestys or at the Xcel Energy Center listen to it right here on KNSI.