St. Cloud Cathedral wins Class A hockey quarterfinal 7-0 over North Branch

March 06, 2019 04:59 PM

No. 2 seeded St. Cloud Cathedral (24-4-0), wasted no time advancing to the Class A State semifinals this year defeating North Branch (19-7-2), 7-0, on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. 

Junior forward Nate Warner led the Crusaders in scoring with three goals, giving him 18 goals on the season. Senior defenseman Luke Schmidt had two goals, his second and third goals of the season, and his sixth assist of the season. Senior forward Jackson Savoie and junior forward Jack Smith rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders, giving them 19 and 28 goals on the season, respectively. 

A margin of six goals or more meant running time in the third period.

St. Cloud Cathedral defense was strong, allowing only 15 shots on goal all game as senior goalie Noah Amundson earned the shutout victory. 

North Branch junior goalie Jake Turek saved 36 shots and junior Braden Weyenberg saved two shots against the aggressive Crusader attack. 

The Crusaders will head to the semifinals against the Minnesota River/#3 East Grand Forks winner on Friday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center. North Branch, competing in its first state tournament, will play the loser of that matchup on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the consolation semifinals at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

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