Boys Hockey: Defending champ St. Thomas shuts out Little Falls 7-0 in state opener

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Little Falls junior Nathan Adamietz unleashes a slap shot in the opening period of Wednesday's quarterfinal game against St. Thomas Academy in front of Cadets junior Matt Perry, left.

There was nothing lucky about the draw for Little Falls in the quarterfinals, as the Flyers drew second-seeded and returning state champion St. Thomas Academy, Wednesday.

St. Thomas exhibited why it is among the Class A elite, topping Little Falls 7-0.

In the opening game of the tournament, the Cadets seized control immediately at the Xcel Energy Center, drawing a penalty 11 seconds into the game and striking for the first goal only 27 seconds later.

Two minutes later, St. Thomas got a second goal to trickle into the net to take a quick 2-0 advantage.

Little Falls had an opportunity to go on the power play 5:33 into the game, but the Cadets kept the pressure on, taking a 3-0 lead with a shorthanded goal.

Little Falls senior Joey Hanowski (13) handles the puck near the net as junior teammate Austin Bjorge (6) looks for a potential pass in Wednesday's quarterfinal in front of St. Thomas Academy junior goaltender David Zevnik and junior Wyatt Schmidt (4).

That score held until the second period, when St. Thomas added three more goals onto its lead, before tacking on the final goal in the third for a 7-0 victory.

Little Falls will now play against Duluth Marshall Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena in the consolation semifinals.

Duluth Marshall dropped its first round game by a 7-0 margin as well against third-seeded Breck.





Little Falls junior Austin Bjorge (6) fights for position in front of the net with St. Thomas Academy junior Wyatt Schmidt (4).
Little Falls junior Spencer Fenske (20) attempts to steal the puck away from St. Thomas Academy junior Andrew Commers behind the net in Wednesday's quarterfinal game.