St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- For the third time in three years, the Hermantown boy's hockey team has finished as the Class A runners-up at the MSHSL state tournament.
The #1-ranked Hawks lost 5-1 on Saturday afternoon to St. Thomas Academy, the second straight year the Cadets have denied Hermantown the state title.
The loss also mark's Hermantown's first loss of the season, dropping them to (30-1) overall. There have been only eight teams since 1954 to finish with a perfect record, the last being Red Wing in 1997.
Jared Kolquist scored the only goal for the Hawks in the game, but his tally came only after St. Thomas Academy had built a 5-0 lead.
The state championship is the second straight and fourth overall for the Cadets, who have won the title game every time they have played in it.
Hermantown was vying for its second state championship in school history, the first coming in 2007 when the Hawks boasted a (29-0-2) record.
That was also the last season a team in Minnesota has gone undefeated, with the Hawks only suffering those two ties on the year.