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Vianney, De Smet teams battle in ‘do-or-die game’

St. John Vianney High School goalie William Bandera, center, and teammates William Dapron, left, and Kamden Sengheiser, right, blocked a shot by De Smet Jesuit High School’s Dereck Northrop.

William Bandera, goalie for the St. John Vianney hockey team, looked calm as a key playoff game against De Smet Jesuit High School began. The looks were deceptive, however.

"At the beginning of the game I was pretty shaky because it is kind of a do-or-die game for us, and De Smet is a heck of a program. They've always been very good," Bandera said.

Bandera's big saves set the course as Vianney fought off several onslaughts by De Smet's offense, leading to a 2-1 victory Feb. 6 at Queeny Park in west St. Louis County.

Duchesne hockey looks to build on its success

Timberland High School junior Brendan Dyck fell into Duchesne High School senior Eric Stelmacki in the third period Dec. 22 at the Lindenwood Ice Arena in Wentzville. Timberland won 5-3.

Duchesne High School's hockey team is once again solid, despite being a school with one of the smallest student bodies of any team in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association.

The team has performed well in recent years, last year reaching the Challenge Cup before losing 4-1 in the first round to powerhouse CBC. Duchesne put a scare into the eventual Cup winner, leading 1-0 halfway into the second period. Three years ago, Duchesne made the finals of Mid-States' Wickenheiser Cup, losing 4-3 with 49 seconds left to Holt High of Wentzville.

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Joseph Kenny

"Take Vladimir Tarasenko and subtract Ryan Reaves."
Is that coach Ken Hitchcock making another line combination to get more scoring from the St. Louis Blues?
Nope. It's just St. Margaret Mary Alacoque second-grade teacher Cathy Touzinsky making math fun for students. In this case, it's the numbers on their jerseys, 91-75=16 -- in other words, Brett Hull.

CBC tops SLUH with a strong second period

With sticks and gloves flying, CBC High School hockey goalie Tommy Nappier was mobbed by teammates as the Cadets celebrated beating St. Louis University High School 5-1 in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup.

Using a dominant second period, the Christian Brothers College High School hockey team completed an undefeated season against St. Louis-area teams by winning the Mid-States High School Championship Series Challenge Cup on March 3 at Scottrade Center.

CBC defeated St. Louis University High School 5-1 for its 14th championship, tying De Smet Jesuit High School for most Mid-States titles. The Cadets have won won three of the past four, with SLUH winning in 2013, defeating CBC 2-1 in overtime. CBC has finished either first or second for the past 14 years.

Catholic education a 'rock solid foundation' for two new Blues, Paul Stastny and Chris Butler

St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny moved the puck up the ice during team practice Sept. 29 at the Scottrade Center. Stastny attended Chaminade College Preparatory School.

St. Louis hockey fans no doubt will reserve their loudest cheers for center Paul Stastny and defenseman Chris Butler on Oct. 9, when the Blues meet the New York Rangers at Scottrade Center in the season opener.

Stastny and Butler returned to their hometown in July, choosing to sign as free agents with their favorite team growing up. Stastny, 28, fills a hole at the top of the Blues' lineup; he's top-flight talent, skilled offensively and solid defensively. Butler, 27, is a steady, stay-at-home type and gives the Blues depth at a crucial position.

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