The Crusaders celebrate the Class A State Championship.

It didn’t take long for the 2019 champions to find the back of the net, as Andrew Dwinnell got a nice feed from John Hirschfeld and he didn’t miss. He was getting the Crusaders ahead early in the Class A championship game against Hermantown. Dwinnell scored his second of the tournament and 28th of the season. Having a massive end to the season, Hirschfeld notched his seventh point of the tournament and 55th assist this year. Nick Hansen is one win away from a perfect undefeated year in net, and he keeps it that way after the first period, stopping eight Hermantown shots. Hansen has been one of, if not the best player for Cathedral for the past month and a half. 

“He’s the rock of our defense, he is always in control of his emotions,” said Head Coach Robert Stocker after Friday’s semifinal win over Warroad.

Nick Hansen stopped 28 of 29 in net for the Crusaders.

The second period was scoreless, thanks to Hansen, who once again stood tall in net for the Crusaders. On the other end of the ice, Dane Callaway stood the task as well, stopping all six shots he saw, including a stretching toe save. The game was still 1-0 in favor of the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. 

To the third period of the Class A Championship game, we go. The third period got off to a similar start as the second, with very little space for offense to operate, but St. Cloud Cathedral broke through again midway through the period. Dwinnell scored his second of the game, on a drop pass from Joey Gillespie to make it 2-0 with just over five minutes to play.

Andrew Dwinnell scored twice in the Crusaders win.

 

Gillespie finally got one past Callaway after Hermantown’s goalie gave him trouble all game, and Cathedral’s dream started to become clearer, leading 3-0 with over three minutes remaining. The Hawks finally got on the board, when AJ Francisco got into the slot and buried one. 

“We knew we had to get to the paint and dirty areas to score on a goalie like Hansen, and we finally did that and scored, just wish we did it more often,” said Francisco. 

The clock hit triple zeros and the Crusaders were once again Class A State Champions for the second time in program history. 

“It just means so much to us, and the community. I love the reputation this group has built,” said Stocker. 

Hansen Embraces Vince Gebhardt after the buzzer hit and Cathedral won the title.

Hansen was brilliant again in net for the Crusaders and he ended the season undefeated going 19-0-1. Hansen missed 10 games in the middle of the season and in that stretch, his presence was missed. 

“We missed him, he gives us defense so much help and sometimes a relief when we mess up, even today, he saved my butt,” Said Sophomore defenseman Griffin Sturm. 

Hansen was named the captain of the team midway through the season as well. 

“I decided not to name my ‘C’ right away to start the season because I wanted to see who would step up, and Hansen did that and more. When he was injured he was at every practice, and game, and was almost like having another goalie coach,” said Stocker. 

Hansen Stopped 28 of 29 in the championship game, and Hirschfeld had two assists in the game and eight points in the tournament total. 

Hansen ends his senior season with a 19-0-1 record and a state title.

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Hansen Embraces Vince Gebhardt after the buzzer hit and Cathedral won the title.