Cathedral boys hockey is headed back to the State Semifinals after a 11-2 win over Mankato East/Loyola at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Crusaders led 4-1 after the first period, then scored 5 second period goals to take firm control of the game with a 9-2 lead after 2 periods. Cathedral added 2 third period goals.

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Jack Smith scored 2 goals and added 2 assists, Blake Perbix had 1 goal and 3 assists, Reid Bogenholm and Nate Warner each had 1 goal and 3 assists, Cullen Hiltner had 1 goal and 1 assist and Jacob Hirschfield, Jon Bell, Bradyn Balfanz, Mack Motzko and Chandler Hendricks each scored 1 goal for the Crusaders.

Cathedral out-shot the Cougars 48-13.

#2 Cathedral improves to 24-3-1 and will face #3 Hermantown on Friday at 11:15 AM at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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