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34th Annual OHSAA Ice Hockey State Championship
Nationwide Arena, Columbus ̶ Sunday, March 13, 12:00 p.m.
Toledo St. Francis de Sales Captures 2011 OHSAA Hockey State Championship
Sudden-victory win gives Knights first hockey state title in school history
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The game was played at 12 o'clock noon but everyone in attendance knew it was Knight time, as top-ranked Toledo St. Francis de Sales defeated third-ranked Lakewood St. Edward 2-1 in sudden-victory overtime to claim the 2011 OHSAA hockey state championship Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
St. Francis (34-4-1) jumped out to a quick start, taking an early 1-0 advantage on a Ben Torchia goal 20 seconds into the game, with assists recorded to Nate Opblinger and Connor Frey. St. Edward responded two minutes into the second period, as Danny O'Sullivan tied the score off an assist from Justin Hoyt.
The remainder of regulation was a defensive struggle between the two juggernauts, as overtime was required to decide the outcome. St. Francis' Matt Opblinger officially put the game on ice four minutes into the extra period by adamantly placing the puck into the back of the net, with assists credited to Torchia and Scott Wawrzyniak
The Knights arose and battled bravely to defeat St. Edward for the fifth time this season in a game that was physical from the onset. The win marks the first hockey state championship in St. Francis history, and was its first championship game appearance since 1988.
St. Edward finishes the season with a record of 26-14-4, as the Eagles made their state-record 19th state championship game appearance.
Team 1 2 3 OT F
TSF... 1 0 0 1 2
LSE... 0 1 0 0 1
TSF- Torchia A: N. Opblinger, Frey
LSE- O'Sullivan A: Hoyt
TSF- M. Opblinger A:Torchia, Wawrzyniak
Goaltenders(Saves/Shots on Goal)
TSF- Kosinski - 25/26
LSE- Lacoste - 20/22