ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dan Labosky’s hat trick led Benilde-St. Margaret’s to a 10-1 victory over Lakeville South on Friday night in the Class 2A semifinals.
Grant Besse and Zack Hale each added two goals and an assist for the Red Knights (24-6), who last won a state title in boys hockey in 2001, but that was when they played in Class 1A. They’ll play Hill-Murray in an all-Catholic school championship game on Saturday pitting teams from opposite ends of the Twin Cities metro area.
Jake Horton, Alec Anderson and Tyler Ellegard also had goals for Benilde-St. Margaret’s, which beat Hill-Murray 3-2 in a regular-season game in December. Besse put 10 shots on net out of 38 for BSM.
Weston Baumann scored for the Cougars (21-9), which beat top-seeded Duluth East in the quarterfinals but couldn’t get any momentum going against the roaring Red Knights, who scored five times in the first period. This has been quite the run for the St. Louis Park school, which was devastated in December when sophomore Jack Jablonski was paralyzed from a hit into the boards during a junior varsity game.
With Jablonski looking on from his wheelchair, the Red Knights have been unstoppable in the postseason. They won their three section games by a combined score of 17-1, including a 5-1 defeat of then-second-ranked Minnetonka in the final to get to state. They beat fourth-seeded Edina 3-2 in the quarterfinals.
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