Boys' State Hockey Tournament: Benilde-St. Margaret's claims Class 2A championship

The Red Knights claimed an emotional victory to be the 2011-2012 Class 2A state champs. And for the second year in a row, St. Thomas Academy defeated Hermantown in the Class A title game.

ST. PAUL -- It was championship Saturday at the 2011-12 boy's hockey state tournament. Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior Grant Besse scored five goals to beat Hill-Murray 5-1 Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Jack Jablonski was at the game to watch his Red Knight teammates claim the Class 2A title.

In the Class A title game, St. Thomas Academy beat previously undefeated Hermantown, 5-1, in a repeat of last year's title game.

How they got here:
St. Thomas Academy defeated Breck, 1-0. It's the second time the Mustangs have lost to the Cadets this season -- both were decided by one goal. Peter Krieger scored the game's only goal and STA goalie David Zivnek stopped all 35 shots he faced.

Hermantown moved to 30-0-0 with a 3-2 win over Thief River Falls, but it wasn't easy. The Prowlers trailed 1-0 before scoring two goals within 1:08 to take a 2-1 lead in the third period. Hermantown answered one minute later to tie the game 2-2. That's when Minnesota-Duluth recruit Jared Thomas pumped in his second goal of the game, which turned out to be the game-winner.

How they got here:
Hill-Murray defeated Moorhead, 2-1 in overtime. Spuds goalie Michael Bitzer couldn't be penetrated until the Conrad Sampier took advantage of a rare rebound to tie the game 1-1 with 7:02 remaining in the third period. Sampair then scored the game-winner 1:52 into overtime by sliding a puck between the legs of Bitzer. The goal was initially waved off, but officials ruled the goal good after reviewing the replay.

Benilde-St. Margaret's blew away Lakeville South, 10-1. The game was all but over after one period as the Red Knights held a commanding 5-0 lead. Dan Labosky had a hat trick for BSM.

Class 1A Championship Game:

(2) St. Thomas Academy 5, (1) Hermantown 1

Class 2A Championship Game:

Hill-Murray 1, Benilde-St. Margaret's 5 (both unseeded)

Next Up

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?


Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Kyler Murray

How can the Vikings stop Kyler Murray?

The Cardinals quarterback accounted for five touchdowns against the Titans.

Red's Pizza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

'Landmark' Wisconsin pizza joint to close amid worker shortage

The restaurant has been a local favorite since 1957.

Ky Thomas

Potts, Gopher defense dominate Buffaloes

Trey Potts ran for three touchdowns in a 30-0 victory in Boulder.

police tape, crime scene

Suspect dies by suicide after 11 hour standoff in Wisconsin motel

The standoff occurred at a motel in Balsam Lake.

U.S. district court minnesota - federal court

Four sentenced for home invasion on northern Minnesota reservation

The incident took place in October 2019 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Screen Shot 2021-09-17 at 10.42.39 AM

4-year-old girl killed by falling branch in Mankato is identified

She is from South Dakota, and was attending the Mahkato Annual Traditional Powwow.


Benilde boys win 1A soccer title

Prairie Seeds Academy picked a bad time for their first loss in two years. The top-seeded soccer powerhouse was dethroned by the Red Knights of Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Girls' hockey tournament: Minnetonka shutout Roseville to defend its 2A state title

It was championship Saturday at the Girls' state hockey tournament in St. Paul. Breck beat South St. Paul 3-2 to claim the 1A state girls hockey tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. In class AA the Roseville Raiders will play defending champion Minnetonka Saturday night.

Eden Prairie boys win 2A soccer title

The Eden Prairie Eagles boys soccer team defeated Eastview high school 3-1 in the 2A state championship Thursday. Eastview was unbeaten coming into the game. It's Eden Prairie's second state title.

Duluth East, Hermantown receive top seeds for boys' hockey State Tournament

The brackets are set for this week's boys' hockey State Tournament. Duluth East received the No. 1 seed in Class AA. Hermantown earned the No. 1 seed in Class A. The games begin Wednesday at the Xcel Energy Center with the championship games being played Saturday.