MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament kicks off with Class A quarterfinals.

It moves Thursday to Class AA, with one of the hottest teams coming in: St. Thomas Academy.

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The Cadets hit a stride after a loss to Mahtomedi, and have won 12-straight games since then.

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St. Thomas has been to the tournament many times before. Co-Head Coach Greg Vanelli says each season is different because each season is a new roster.

“The thing about a coach at high school is that you get new players every two years, let’s say, and we only have I think two guys back from two years ago,” Vanelli said. “So everybody, it’s a brand-new experience, and then we can feel that as coaches, so that excitement just travels from players to coaches.”

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St. Thomas will meet Lakeville South in the opener.