Tom's tips: Hermantown the latest ranked foe for Cathedral

Tom's tips: Hermantown the latest ranked foe for Cathedral

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Tom's tips: Hermantown the latest ranked foe for Cathedral

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There is one thing you can say about St. Cloud Cathedral boys hockey: The Crusaders dodge no one.

When they skate against fifth-ranked Hermantown at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Municipal Athletic Complex, it will be the eighth state-ranked team Cathedral has played this season. And that doesn’t include two games with Little Falls, another one with Princeton and one with Duluth Marshall looming on the schedule.

Cathedral, ranked 10th in Class A, has played Breck, East Grand Forks, Rochester Lourdes, Holy Family Catholic, Warroad, St. Cloud Apollo and Princeton. All were ranked in the top 20. Holy Family is a 2A program.

Hermantown might be the best team the Crusaders have faced. The Hawks went into the weekend 9-1-1 and feature Minnesota-Duluth recruit Neal Pionk, an outstanding defenseman.

It’s a game worth watching in a busy week.

A quick look at the rest of the schedule:

Tuesday

* Rocori at Sartell boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.

This is an important for both teams, which each could use a Central Lakes Conference win. Rocori went into the weekend having dropped three of four games. Sartell had lost three straight. Both teams are contenders in their respective sections.

Thursday

* Sauk Rapids at St. Cloud Tech boys swimming and diving, 6 p.m.

Tech’s emerging as perhaps the best team in the CLC after Brainerd. Sauk Rapids is a good rival.

* Mora at Cathedral boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.

The Mustangs (2-0, 8-1) and Crusaders (2-0, 8-1) went into the weekend with identical records. Both have been at least a little surprising with their success. Both play aggressive, hardcore defense.

Saturday

* Hermantown at Little Falls boys hockey, 3 p.m. at Exchange Arena.

Before the fifth-ranked Hawks get out of the area, they play the 11th-ranked Flyers. It should be a good one.

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