The Cathedral boys hockey team has widely been regarded as one of the top Class A teams in the state throughout the season.  The Crusaders are 21-4-1 and are fresh off a 10-0 section 5A quarterfinal win over Becker-Big Lake Tuesday night.  Cathedral Head Coach Robbie Stocker and seniors Cole Hwang and Nick Hansen joined me on WJON.  The Crusaders finished last season 18-13 and took home the Class A Consolation Championship at the State Tournament but this season would like to stay in the winners bracket.

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photo - Andrew Ritter
photo - Andrew Ritter

Coach Stocker says this year's team is very similar to last year's due to not losing many seniors.  He says based on that they were able to hit the ground running to start the season.  Stocker indicated they did suffer some injuries to key players which was a bump in the road but they overcame that.  He says digging into their depth a bit earlier this season may have a been a benefit to them now because they had to learn to play better defense and their depth has improved.  Stocker stopped short of saying they are playing their best hockey right now but he feels they are pushing toward that point.  He says:

As a coach you're never really fully satisfied, you're always looking at getting more and achieving at a higher level.  I hope we haven't peaked yet but I think we're playing good hockey right now.

photo - Andrew Ritter
photo - Andrew Ritter

Senior goaltender Nick Hansen says when you get to the playoffs there is more pressure and he loves it.  He says the pressure pushes you to be at your best knowing it could be your last high school game.  Cole Hwang posted a hat trick in Tuesday's 10-0 section win over Becker-Big Lake.  He says he felt great that night but gives credit to his teammates for assisting him.

Robbie Stocker, Nick Hansen and Cole Hwang (photo - Jay Caldwell)
Robbie Stocker, Nick Hansen and Cole Hwang (photo - Jay Caldwell)

Stocker says a big part of their 2nd half surge has been an increase to the depth of their scoring.  He says their first line has had a great year but they are seeing more scoring from their other lines as the season has gone on.  Cathedral has won 10 straight games after their loss to Hermantown on January 11.  The Crusaders will host River Lakes Saturday at 1 p.m. at the MAC.  Cathedral beat River Lakes 6-2 on December 7.

Cathedral Roster:

1LeGrande, KeatonG10
3Gebhardt, VinceD12
5Layne, MasonF11
6Hirschfeld, JohnF11
7Johnson, CadenF11
10Hayward, SamD12
13Wood, JaegerF11
14O'Neal, PhilipF12
15Stockman, ConnorD11
17Swenson, LandonF12
19Hwang, ColeF12
20Rosenkrans, ThomasD12
21Sturm, GriffinD10
24Gillespie, JoeyF11
26Dwinnell, AndrewF12
27Petroske, BenF12
30Janu, MatthewG12
31Hansen, NickG12
32Klein, NoahF10
34Bacik, IanD11

If you'd like to listen to my conversation with Robbie, Nick and Cole it is available below.



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