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State Hockey: Class A semifinals set after day 1 of state hockey tourney

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Breck rolls over Mankato West

Second-seeded Breck flashed its skill and dominance in an 8-0 blowout win over unseeded Mankato West in the opening game of the Class 1A quarterfinals today.

William Blake led Breck with a true hat trick, scoring 3 times in the second period; Chase Ellingson added a hat rick of his own, scoring once shorthanded, once on even strength and once on the power play.

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Thief River Falls takes out Princeton

Thief River Falls also showed why they were a high seed heading into the tournament, handily beating Princeton 6-1 in game two.

Senior Forward Ethan Johnson broke Thief River Falls' record for goals scored in the season, tallying his 49th of the year in the third period to cap off a hat trick that started with back-to-back goals in the first. Jake Oakes scored Princeton's only goal in the 2nd period off an assist from Hunter Orrock and Lake Glasser.

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Thief River Falls will play Breck in the Semi-Final game tomorrow morning at 11:00am.

Here's what's on tap the rest of today.

Hermantown rolls over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato

The top seed in the Class A hockey tournament Hermantown had no trouble in the Class A quarterfinals as they skated to an 11-3 victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Wednesday night.

Cole Koepke led the way for Hermantown, he finished the game with four goals and a pair of assists, while Jesse Jacques scored twice for the Hawks. Ryan Sandelin chipped in with four helpers and a goal of his own.

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The Hawks controlled the ice outshooting the Dragons 43-27.

David Raisanen had a pair of goals in the loss for Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato.

St. Paul Academy squeaks out a battle with St. Cloud Cathedral

Devlin McCabe scored the game-winner at the 11:55 mark of the third period to lead St. Paul Academy to a 4-2 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral

It was McCabe's second goal of the night.

The goal capped off a night the Spartans controlled the ice. St. Paul Academy outshot the Crusaders 43-14 in the game, but Crusader goaltender Keegan Karki made 39 saves to give Cathedral a chance.

Logan Neu led the Crusaders with two goals, but it wasn't enough.

St. Paul Academy advances to face the top seed, Hermantown, in the Class A semifinals Friday.

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