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Chanhassen boys hockey rolls Cretin-Derham Hall in MSHSL Class 2A semifinal

Chanhassen took a 4-0 lead in the first period and controlled the Raiders throughout

ST. PAUL — The No. 2-seed Chanhassen Storm (25-5) defeated the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (18-11-1) 6-1 in the 2024 Class 2A MSHSL boys hockey semifinals on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

Cretin-Derham Hall has been to the state tournament three years in a row while this is Chanhassen's first appearance in school history. Yet, the Storm opened the game looking like the experienced team.

"We haven't seen a team that deep and that good all year," Cretin-Derham Hall head coach Matt Funk said. "... Against a team like that, the second and third goal, and even though we did it the night before coming back from a three-goal deficit, against that team and a goaltender like that, it's going to be hard to do." 

Chanhassen scored four goals in the first period and outshot the Raiders 15-3. Jack Christ scored twice, and Brayden Willis and Tyler Smith added a goal each. 

"Tonight was one of those nights where we were working and doing things the right way, and they were rewarded," Chanhassen coach Sean Bloomfield said. 

Cretin-Derham Hall sophomore Max Anderson roughed a Chanhassen player as time expired in the first period, so the Raiders had to kill a penalty for the start of the second period.

The Storm continued to get shots on the net in the second period. One from Caden Lee went in, and Chanhassen had a comfortable 5-0 lead. 

Cretin-Derham Hall got on the board when sophomore Cam Autrey scored on a power play when the puck was loose in front of the net. The Raiders a team with young talent that contributed to a state tournament run. 

"This is the best group of young players I have ever seen," Raider senior Aiden Siegfried said. "These guys buy into the systems that we preach. They work really hard. ... Our younger guys are going to keep carrying on. They're going to be a force to deal with."

Owen Buesgens scored for the storm in the third period.

Chanhassen will play the winner of No. 1-seed Edina vs. No. 5-seed Grand Rapids in the Class 2A state championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

"We're ready for this," senior Tyler Smith said. "We just can't wait to go out and play whoever it is—whether its Grand Rapids or Edina."

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- Jack Butler | | @Butler917