St. Cloud Cathedral vs Hermantown Donnybrook

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The Hermantown boys hockey team defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 6-2 in the Class A semifinals Friday to advance to the Minnesota State Championship game.

No. 3 seed Hermantown (22-3-4) led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Cole Antcliff and Blake Biondi.

The teams played to a 5-5 tie on Jan. 3 and some bad blood remained. As the first period ended Friday, players from both teams pushed, shoved and tackled opponents to the ice. A combined seven players were assessed penalties  but none were ejected.

Hermantown kept its edge in the second period, outshooting No. 2 seed St. Cloud Cathedral (24-3-1) 22-7. Cayden Sunde out the Hawks ahead 3-0. But a Nate Warner goal gave the Crusaders hope.

St. Cloud Cathedral scored next on a power-play goal from Ethan Cumming at 6:41 of the third period and cut Hermantown’s lead to 3-2.

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