Crusaders Eye Prize At State

Crusaders Eye Prize At State Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI Sports

(KNSI) – St. Cloud Cathedral takes their beloved hockey team down to the state tournament with a chance to bring home the first Championship Trophy in school’s history.

Most would find that fact hard to believe but the Crusaders have yet to bring home the title of State Champion in boys hockey.

Of course they are still three wins away but as the number-two seed, the committee also feels the Crusaders have a great chance to at the very least make it to the title game.

St. Cloud Cathedral heads to the tournament with a record of 24-4-0 and may be playing their best hockey of the season.

First up, however, is a North Branch team that makes their debut in the MN State Hockey Tournament.

Do not be fooled by the 19-7-2 record out of the Vikings though.

If the 75 years of this storied tournament has taught anyone anything, it’s the fact that any team has a chance to beat any other team.

The Crusaders boast one of the top offenses in all of Class A at the tournament yet they now will have to figure out Jake Turek of North Branch.

Turek had a regular season save percentage of .924 on an astounding 772 shots faced.

After only missing about 10 seconds of action this season, Turek’s save percentage increased to a whopping .956 in the playoffs.

If Turek has an off day between the pipes, no big deal, the Vikings have one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the entire state in Cody Moline.

Moline racked-up 32 goals and 32 assists during the season and must be accounted for at all times on the ice.

North Branch will be a tough opponent for the Crusaders but after revealing the line of Blake Perbix, Nate Warner and Jack Smith in the Section 6A Championship, Cathedral should be up to the task.

Not to mention, the fact that Noah Amundson (pictured below) has been playing his best hockey of his young career in net is another big reason that Cathedral is where they are.

Warner missed much of the regular season with an injury but has come back and come back strong to the tune of 15 goals and 17 assists throughout the season.

Regardless of what happens on the ice, Cathedral head coach Derrick Brown says from his reports, they expect to have nearly 500 students cheering his team on.

Puck-drop for the opening game of the 75th Minnesota State High School League Boys Hockey Tournament between the Cathedral Crusaders and the North Branch Vikings will be at 11:00 a.m. this morning.

If you are unable to be one of the many fans that are down at the Xcel Energy Center, tune in to the broadcast on KNSI right here.

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