Jake Risch lines up for a faceoff in the offensive zone.

The Storm route Cretin-Derham Hall 6-1 as they will play in their first-ever State Championship game

Chanhassen is coming off a dominant quarterfinal win over Rochester Century/JM in their first-ever State Tournament. The Storm’s section final win over Minnetonka may be deemed an upset, but they are far from a team that isn’t as good. The Storm looked like the best team in the state Friday evening when they took down Cretin-Derham Hall 6-1. 

“I’m so proud of our guys, and getting to this point. I know it’s special for every player to play in the State Title game,” said Senior forward Brayden Willis. 

Once Chanhassen struck it was quick and often in the first period. Jack Christ got the scoring started with his 24th goal of the season assisted by Gavin Uhlenkamp. They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but the Storm disagreed, getting back-to-back goals from Brayden Willis and another by Christ had Chanhassen up 3-0 with under seven minutes remaining in the period. Tyler Smith snuck one past Owen Nelson, as the Storm took a demanding 4-0 lead into the second period. 

Play slowed down in the middle frame, but Chanhassen made sure to get another goal in. Caden Lee found twine with just two seconds remaining on the clock. Lee, a Minnesota State commit, has now scored 29 goals in his senior campaign. 

Leo Miller entered the game after the first period in relief of Owen Nelson and played very well. He allowed two goals on 17 shots but made many quality saves and helped give the Raiders the burst they needed. Ryan McPartland was called for slashing at the 5:02 mark of the third period, and Cretin-Derham Hall got their first opportunity to get on the board. That’s what they did, Cam Autrey scored on the power play to get the Raiders back within four goals in the third period. Autrey scored his eighth goal of the season. 

“I’m proud of my guys competing until the final whistle, even when the score was out of reach,” said CDH Head Coach Matt Funk. 

Gavin Uhlenkamp had an assist in the win over Cretin-Derham Hall.

The Storm didn’t take anything off the gas, as they sent home another goal. Logan Smith put home a Ryan McPartland rebound and extended Chanhassen’s lead to 6-1 with under three minutes remaining. The score remained and Chanhassen continued their magical run to the State Championship game. The Storm will face the Winner of Grand Rapids and Edina tomorrow inside the Xcel Energy Center. 

“It’s a dream come true, it’s not just our dream either, it’s our parents and communities,” said Tyler Smith.

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