Crusaders Cruise to a Championship With Thorlakson Between the Pipes
Some of the highest ranked high school hockey teams in the United States were no match for the St. Paul's Crusaders. After winning the last two JSerra Thanksgiving Invitationals in California, Crusaders' coach Andrew Harder wanted a new challenge for the team. A former St. Paul's teacher, now working in Denver, got the team into the Littleton Hockey Association's Thanksgiving tournament. "We had been in Anaheim the past two years and won both times, so we wanted to change it up," said Harder. "We did a little research and saw that there were strong teams in the tournament this year, so we decided to go to Denver." The decision paid off as the Crusaders knocked off both the defending U.S. national champions and the fourth-ranked team in the country to win the tournament. The Crusaders were the only Canadian team in the Under-18 Division and they didn't have much time to acclimatize themselves to Denver's altitude. GDI trained goaltender Ben Thorlakson helped defend the net for St. Pauls and picked up some much needed victories to get the team into the finals. For more on this article Click Here.