When it comes to boys hockey, the St. Thomas Academy Cadets have owned the landscape in class A winning back-to-back titles. Despite public comment, the Cadets joined Bloomintgon Jefferson, Eveleth and International Falls as three-peat champions. For the third straight year, the Cadets faced Hermantown and just as they had the previous three years the Cadets pulled out a title victory.
"That's everything we expeted a game like that," said co-head coach Gret Vanelli. "It's quite and honor to be in a game like that and I just have all the respect in the world for their team and how they played."
With the game tied at four, Cadet sophomore Tommy Novak neeted the game winner with just six seconds remaining in the third period on the power play. The man advantage came on a holding call with 1:59 left in the period that was questioned by Hermantown coach Bruce Plante. With time running down in the power play, Hermantown defenseman Jake Zeleznikar was put in a headlock that resulted in his inability to clear the puck setting up the Novak goal.
"This is probably the most difficult loss I've ever had," said Plante. "I told them I love them."
The Cadets finished their season 27-2-2 and will move up a class to face AA competition beginning next season.