State Hockey: St Thomas Academy shocks #1 Andover in AA Quarters

Updated: March 06, 2020 02:28 AM

St Thomas Academy won their way to the State Boys Hockey Tournament despite being the 5th seed in their Section Tournament.  They made the most of the opportunity, upsetting #1 Andover 3-2 in the Class AA Quarterfinals.

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Andover had earned the #1-seed in their first appearance at the State Tournament.

The unseeded Cadets were carried down the stretch by goalie Tommy Aitken, who weathered a furious storm turning aside 33 Andover shots - 15 in the third period.

After Andover's Hunter Jones scored 30-seconds into the second period to give his Huskies a 2-1 lead, STA goals by Will Soderling and Jarod Wright 1:42 apart vaulted the Cadets into the lead at 3-2.

Aitken's efforts made the tenuous 3-2 lead hold up.

St Thomas Academy advances to the Class AA Semifinal, Friday night at 8pm.  They'll face the winner of the last AA quarterfinal between Moorhead and Hill-Murray.

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