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Remixed lines, new chemistry prove to be the solutions STA needed to outlast Stillwater

By Drew Herron, SportsEngine, 12/26/18, 4:00PM CST


Cadets coaches shuffled the team's top two lines for the start of the second period, a move that resulted in three quick goals and a cushion big enough to withstand a Ponies' charge.

Rob Christy of St. Thomas Academy followed his shot into the Stillwater zone. Christy had a goal and an assist in the Cadets' 4-3 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Senior Luke Herzog had a pair of goals in the Cadets' 4-3 victory over Stillwater at the Hockey For Life tournament in Prior Lake. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Looking to light a fire under his team after an unimaginative opening period against Stillwater Thursday afternoon at the Hockey For Life Classic in Prior Lake, St. Thomas Academy co-head coach Greg Vannelli felt it was time to tinker.

Blessed with the front-end talent to fill out two “top” lines, Vannelli and the other Cadets coaches decided to shuffle the team's best six forwards into new combinations.

Stillwater's Adam Eisele put this slap shot into the St. Thomas Academy net for one of his two goals. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

Luke Herzog scored twice, and Rob Christy added two points to help lead St. Thomas Academy to a 4-3 victory over Stillwater Thursday at the Hockey For Life Classic in Prior Lake.

St. Thomas Academy took the lead 1 minute, 13 seconds into the second period on a goal by Herzog, and the Cadets, ranked No. 11 in this week’s Class 2A coaches’ poll, never trailed.

Stillwater converted on three of four power-play chances, but the No. 15-2A Ponies (6-2-1, 0-1-0) could not catch the Cadets (6-1-0, 5-0-0).

Senior forward Adam Eisele had two goals and finished with three points to lead the Ponies, and defensemen Joe Stengl and Joe Raleigh each chipped in two assists.

Stillwater goalie Jesse Brown finished with 23 saves, while St. Thomas Academy's Muzzy Donohue stopped 31 shots.

The MN Hockey Hub poll is for entertainment purposes only.

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