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St. Thomas Academy shuts out Hermantown

By Loren Nelson, Legacy Hockey, 01/21/23, 4:30PM CST


Cody Niesen makes 20 saves, Brody Dietz scores decisive goal as Cadets earn signature win over Hawks

St. Thomas Academy sophomore Cody Niesen made 20 saves in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Hermantown. Photo by Loren Nelson,

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MENDOTA HEIGHTS - Junior defenseman Brody Dietz’s first-period goal on a point shot through traffic held up as the winner and sophomore Cody Niesen earned the shutout as St. Thomas Academy beat Hermantown 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at St. Thomas Ice Arena.

Jordan Tacheny scored in the third period to put the No. 12-2A Cadets (11-5-0) ahead 2-0. Tommy Cronin added an empty-net goal with 1:51 remaining to complete the scoring. The goal was Cronin’s team-leading 18th of the season.

St. Thomas Academy limited No. 2-1A Hermantown (12-1-1) to 20 shots on goal. The shutout loss was the first for the Hawks since the 2015-16 season, when they suffered a 3-0 road setback to Minnetonka on Dec. 18. Hermantown's streak of scoring at least one goal was halted at 182 games.

The Hawks were coming off an emotion-charged 3-2 victory over Moorhead on Friday night in Hermantown in which defenseman Will Esterbrooks scored with 10.3 seconds left in regulation to secure the win.

Hermantown, playing its ninth Class 2A opponent of the season, was limited in shots but did have a handful of quality scoring chances, including a third-period breakaway.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for St. Thomas Academy and second for Niesen, a sophomore who shares time in goal with senior Tyler Magozzi.

St. Thomas Academy's Brody Dietz, left, and Hermantown's Wyatt Carlson chase the puck during Saturday's game at St. Thomas Academy Ice Arena. Photo by Loren Nelson,

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