Crusaders Win State Championship
Justin Ekstrom | Mar 9, 2019 AT 2:56 pm
(KNSI) - The clash for the Minnesota State Boys Class-A Championship started off well for Greenway as Dante Lawson scored a power-play goal to put his team up 1-0.
After a flurry of offensive action and a goal from Greenway that was waved off, Cathedral knotted things up at one-apiece.
Cathedral actually scored but was not given credit until Greenway went down on the other end and scored their disallowed goal.
With that swing of the pendulum, Greenway just missed out on going ahead 2-0.
A rare mistake by goaltender Logan Wright made things worse for Greenway and that allowed Nate Warner to feed Jackson Savoie perfectly for a short-handed goal to take the lead 2-1.
Mere seconds later, Cameron Lantz of Greenway fired a shot that Noah Amundson never saw to knot the game up at two.
In a moment when teams need their seniors to step up, Savoie did just that to put Cathedral up 3-2 early in the second period.
The Raiders then had a momentous opportunity to tie the game when they went on the power-play for five minutes after Talon Lenzen was called for boarding but they could not capitalize.
Right after killing-off the five-minute penalty, Cathedral went on the power-play and Greenway held serve by not giving up a goal.
Cathedral then received another power-play at 13:59 in second period; this time, Jack Smith housed some nifty passing from Warner and Perbix for his team to go up by two goals.
Greenway was pesky all afternoon and that continued in the third period.
Magnificent goal tending from Amundson kept the game at 4-2 in favor of Cathedral until the Crusaders added an empty-net-goal from Warner.
The lack of consistent third-line depth eventually was Greenway’s undoing as they were unable to match the intensity of Cathedral‘s offensive output.
With the 5-2 victory, the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders bring the first Minnesota State Boys Hockey Championship to the city of St. Cloud and Section 6A.
Senior goaltender Noah Amundson (pictured below) stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced and was named the All-Star Trophy Player of the Game.