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Ninth time is the charm for St. Cloud Cathedral

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/08/19, 1:15PM CST


The Crusaders' 6-2 victory over East Grand Forks puts them in their first Class 1A championship game.

East Grand Forks defenseman Luke Vonesh (2), left, chases St. Cloud Cathedral forward Nate Warner (8) in the first period. Photo: LEILA NAVIDI ¥ leila.navidi@startribune.com

Finally, on its ninth state tournament trip and seventh semifinal appearance, St. Cloud Cathedral broke through and reached its first championship game.

The second-seeded Crusaders defeated East Grand Forks 6-2 on Friday in the Class 1A semifinal. They advance to the title game at noon Saturday against No. 4 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, who they defeated 5-3 earlier this season.

“There have been a lot of good teams that haven’t been able to get past the semis,” junior forward Jack Smith said. “We’re a bunch of guys who work hard and get the puck in the net.”

The Crusaders (26-4) found their scoring touch early, getting goals from Smith plus second-line forwards Ethan Cumming and Cullen Hiltner for a 3-1 lead after one period.

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