St. Thomas Academy's Ryan O'Neill puts on the brakes in an attempt to spin around Hill-Murray's Charlie Strobel. O'Neill had a goal in the Cadets' in 4-1 victory over the Pioneers Thursday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Neither St. Thomas Academy nor Hill-Murray had many opportunities to practice heading into Thursday's Metro East Conference showdown between the two league powers.
Hill-Murray had one optional practice this week while St. Thomas Academy didn't see the inside of a rink.
While the players didn't have much time to practice because subzero temperatures and snow forced school closures, they had time to catch up on a few other things. Like Fortnite.
St. Thomas Academy senior Rob Christy battles for possession on a face off against Hill-Murray's Lucas Wahlin. Christy had a goal and an assist in the Cadets' 4-1 victory over the Pioneers. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Hill-Murray got the better of St. Thomas Academy in a 6-2 win the first time the two Metro East Conference powers faced off Dec. 20.
However, with the Cadets on home ice Thursday, things played out much differently.
Luke Herzog, Rob Christy, and Ryan O'Neill each scored second-period goals as St. Thomas Academy, ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll, broke away for a 4-2 victory in the Metro East Conference matchup.
Nico Vega notched a first-period goal for St. Thomas Academy (17-3-1, 7-1-0), which led 1-0 after the first 17 minutes of play.
Ryan Peterson scored the only goal for Hill-Murray (11-6-2, 5-1-1), 11 minutes into the second period which, at the time, cut the deficit to 2-1.
Senior Muzzy Donohue stopped 17 of 18 shots against the Pioneers, while No. 10-2A Hill-Murray's Remington Keopple made 33 saves.
Hill-Murray's Joe Palodichuk (r) congratulates Ryan Petersen (l) on his second period goal against St. Thomas Academy. The Pioneers were defeated by the Cadets 4-1 in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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