From the what happened department, the St.Thomas Academy Cadets thumped the Totino Grace Eagles by a score of 10-0 in non conference action Tuesday night. Utilizing three goals in the first, four more in the second and three more in the third, the Cadets put an exclamation point on being among the elite teams in Class 1A hockey.
The Eagles were coming off a 4-0 North Suburban conference win over Irondale. The Eagles entered the game 2-2-1 in their last five and are led by Dan Delisle who is putting together a solid campaign for the Eagles with 23g-18a-41 points. He is joined by Billy Heck's 13 goals to pace their team but they were silenced Tuesday night.
The Cadets continue to make a case for being the top team in the Class 1A as they have been impressive against fellow single A foes. They improved their record to 7-1-1 against the 1A with their only loss coming in the season opener to The Marshall School, Duluth by a score of 2-1. A notable 5-2 win over highly touted Rochester Lourdes a few weeks back put the Cadets in the perceived drivers seat.
Christian Isackson blew up for a six point night as he notched two goals and added four assists giving him 12g-30a-42 points on the season. Zach Schroeder also had a big night with a goal and three assists upping his season totals to 9g-13a-22pts. Justin Crandall also notched three points on the strength of one goal and two assists.
It was a rounded victory for the Cadets (16-3-1, 10-0-1) who have saved their best hockey for the critical close to the season. They currently hold first place in the Classic Suburban, yet rival Hill Murray still has two games in hand with a chance to tie if they hold serve and win their final meeting with the Cadets this coming Saturday at St. Thomas Academy. It will be a tall order for the Pioneers who have righted the ship in impressive fashion and will be charged with battling a St. Thomas team that is disciplined in all aspects of the game from the breakout, to neutral zone coverage, to special teams.
The Eagles (12-6-2, 7-2-0), currently are in first place in the North Suburban. At 5-0-0, the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights have a few more games to play and the standings could change. The Eagles have games with BSM and Rochester Lourdes on their schedule as they prepare for their stretch drive.
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