Hirschfeld has a four-point performance as the Crusaders take down Northfield 5-1

Nick Hansen stopped 19 of 20 shots in net for St. Cloud Cathedral.

St. Cloud Cathedral returns to the Xcel Energy Center for the second straight year in hopes of replicating its 2019 state title season. The Crusaders have had a great season heading into the X, finishing No. 2 on our LPH final rankings. 

Cathedral is a team that can score fast and score often, and that’s what they did today. Crusaders John Hirschfeld has a monster quarterfinal game with one goal and three assists for four points helping Cathedral to a 5-1 win over Northfield. 

The opening period began with a major Northfield mistake as a clearing attempt was controlled by Raiders goalie Max Frank, whose pass was intercepted by Crusaders Hirschfeld and the Junior forward didn’t miss that opportunity. The Crusaders held an early 1-0 lead, but it didn’t last long. The Raiders got a break for themselves minutes later when Crusaders goalie Nick Hansen got a pass picked off by Caden Monson who sped his way into the slot and sniped it over the glove of Hansen while withstanding a hard hit. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie after the first period. 

In the second period, Cathedral came out flying, scoring in the front half of the middle frame. Landon Swenson took three swipes at the loose puck and connected with his third to prop it over the pad of Frank to make it 2-1. After a Raiders penalty just over a minute past St. Cloud’s goal, Joey Gillespie scored one of his two goals in the game on the power play. Gillespie scored his 30th goal of the season to get the Crusaders ahead 3-1, a lead they took into the locker room. 

Thomas Rosenkrans had one assist in the Crusaders’ 5-1 win over Northfield.

The Raiders took another penalty in the third period, with just a few minutes into the frame, and the hot Crusaders’ power play took advantage again. Andrew Dwinnell took a pass from Griffin Sturm and put everything he had into the puck, shelving it short side on Frank to extend the Crusaders’ lead, 4-1. With under five minutes to play in the third, Gillespie scored his second goal of the game after he dangled through the Northfield defense.

Cathedral held on to the lead and took down the high-powered offense of Northfield to win 5-1. Hirschfeld had himself a great game, scoring the opening goal and assisting on three other goals. The Junior forward now has scored 24-51-75 this season for the Crusaders and is on his way to one remarkable career. Hansen stopped 19 of 20 Northfield shots as he got his 17th win of the season. 

The Crusaders improved to 24-4-1 on the season and will face Warroad in the semifinal round on Friday.