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Forum and wire reports, Published March 10 2012

Benilde-St. Margaret's, St. Thomas Academy win state hockey titles

ST. PAUL – Grant Besse scored five goals – including three short-handed – to lead Benilde-St. Margaret’s past Hill-Murray 5-1 in the Class 2A state boys hockey championship.

Justin Quale made 24 saves Saturday as the Red Knights (25-6-0) won their first big school title. The school won Class 1A titles in 1999 and 2001.

Besse scored less than two minutes apart in the first period, added a short-handed tally late in the second and two more with a man down in the third for the Red Knights. The team has rallied around a fallen teammate much of the season.

On Dec. 30, sophomore Jack Jablonski suffered a severe spinal cord injury from a hit into the boards during a junior varsity game and is not expected to walk again. Jablonski watched from his wheelchair in a suite Saturday.

Zach LaValle scored a third-period goal for Hill-Murray (24-7-0).

Class 1A championship

St. Thomas Academy 5, Hermantown 1

ST. PAUL – Alex Johnson notched two goals and two assists and David Zevnik made 20 saves as second-seeded St. Thomas Academy won its second consecutive Class A boys state hockey title with a 5-1 victory over No. 1 seed Hermantown at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Matt Perry, Peter Krieger and Austin Sattler also scored for the Cadets (26-5-0), who ended the season on a 15-game winning streak.

Jared Kolquist scored the lone goal for Hermantown (30-1-0), which was vying for the school’s first undefeated season. The Hawks also lost the 2010 championship game to St. Thomas Academy and have now finished as runner-up three straight years.

The Cadets have won three of the last five Class A titles.

Class 1A third place

Breck 4, Thief River Falls 3 (OT)

Nate Breitenfeldt’s goal less than four minutes into overtime vaulted Breck to a 4-3 win against Thief River Falls in the Minnesota Class 1A state boys hockey third-place game Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

The Prowlers tied the game on third-period goals from Riley Soderstrom and Evan Ose. Logan Engelstad added a first-period goal for TRF (23-5-2).

The game was a rematch of a state quarterfinal last year that saw TRF rally from a 4-1 third-period deficit for a 7-5 victory.