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Cretin-Derham Hall outworks Maple Grove, earns narrow victory in Class AA quarterfinal

The Raiders take a 3-1 win in the Class AA quarterfinals over second-seeded Maple Grove in a match where no penalties were called.

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Referees calm things down between Cretin-Durham Hall and Maple Grove in front of the goal in the first period Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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ST. PAUL — Unseeded Cretin-Derham Hall outworked second-seeded Maple Grove, 3-1, in a Minnesota Class AA state boys quarterfinal on Thursday, March 9 at the Xcel Energy Center.

"We had a great game plan in place," said CDH head coach Matt Funk after the game. "My heart skipped a beat when we found out we were playing Maple Grove, that's a really good hockey team that we played today."

The win is a big one for the Raiders after they were upset by Prior Lake last season in the quarterfinals at the 2022 state tournament. That was the game where Alex Bump scored five goals for the Lakers.

"I knew with our leaders, and a lot of new guys in the tournament that they saw last year too, and they knew what we had to do," Funk said.

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Cretin-Durham Hall celebrates its win against Maple Grove with fans Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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Interestingly enough, no penalties were called throughout the duration of the 51-minute game. That was tough for Maple Grove, a team that has been very productive with the man-advantage.


"We have a phenomenal power play, and these two guys [Finn Brink and Luke Margenau] are a part of it, we were 45% all year, and we know that given that situation we would've taken advantage of it," said Maple Grove head coach Todd Berglund.

The Raiders put themselves on the scoreboard just a few minutes into the game as junior Chuck Owens shot from the high slot, then found his own rebound and put it in the back of the net.

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Cretin-Durham Hall goaltender Leo Miller (35) stops a shot by Maple Grove forward Finn Brink (27) in the first period Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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Just 14 seconds later, Maple Grove found a goal of their own as senior Jay Ellingson shot from a sharp angle and the puck took a deflection off a Cretin-Derham Hall player's skate and slid past their own netminder.

The Raiders took back the lead late in the second period as senior Holden Saumweber did a quick 360-spin with the puck and shot it directly into the goal.

Late in the third period, freshman Max Anderson tacked on an empty net tally for Cretin-Derham Hall.

"They played a good defensive game, well-coached, they kept us to the outside and didn't give us many opportunities, and the ones we did get we didn't get the bounces, and that's hockey, that happens," said Maple Grove senior and Wisconsin commit Finn Brink.

The Raiders advanced to the semifinal round where they will play the winner of No. 3 Edina and unseeded Moorhead at 6 p.m. Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

Cretin Derham Hall 3, Maple Grove 1


CDH: 1-1-1—3
MG: 1-0-0—1

First period scoring — 1. CDH, Chuck Owens (Colin Scanlan) 3:19; 1. MG, Jay Ellingson (unassisted) 3:33
Penalties — None

Second period scoring — 2. CDH, Holden Saumweber (Lucas Cernohous, Szilveszter Lippai) 11:32
Penalties — None

Third period scoring — 3. CDH, Max Anderson (unassisted) 15:34 (en)
Penalties — None

SOG: CDH, 6-9-9—24; MG, 7-9-5—21

Goalie Saves: CDH, Leo Miller 6-9-5—20; MG, Jack Roach 5-8-9—22

Penalties-minutes: CDH, 0-0; MG, 0-0
Power-play goals-opportunities: CDH 0-0; MG: 0-0

Mr. Hockey finalist ready to keep "Redemption Tour" on course as Raiders face Maple Grove in the Class AA opener on Thursday.

Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.
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