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Mid-States Championships set for Wednesday

Mike Yeo will present championship trophies to winning clubs

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center will host the Mid-States Hockey State Championship games on Wednesday.

Both finals will feature a battle of top-ranked teams as the No. 1 Westminister Wildcats will take on the No. 2 Ladue Rams in the Wickenheiser Cup at 5:30 p.m., while the No. 1 SLUH Jr. Billikens will clash with the No. 2 CBC Cadets in the St. Louis Blues Challenge Cup at 8 p.m.

Both games will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest and streamed live on FOX Sports GO. Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo will present the championship trophies to the winning clubs.

The players will truly enjoy the main stage on Wednesday night, as not only will they skate at the Blues' home, but FOX Sports Midwest will carry both games live.

Tickets for the event are available via Ticketmaster or at the Scottrade Center box office for $12.

CBC And SLUH Meet For Third Straight Year In St. Louis Blues Challenge Cup Finals

Two of the areas most athletically accomplished high schools will clash for the third consecutive year. The St. Louis Blues Challenge Cup Finals will feature the No. 1 seeded SLUH Jr. Billikens (25-3) against the No. 2 seeded CBC Cadets (22-5) in a rare three-peat. CBC has taken each of the previous three state finals overall, including each of the last two against the Jr. Bills. History aside, the Billikens are carrying the momentum in the series, having gone 3-1 against the Cadets in this year's preseason and regular season.

CBC is making their 17th consecutive appearance in the Challenge Cup Final. Overall, the Cadets are making their 27th trip to the Mid-States Final, a gaudy number considering the 47-year history of the tournament. SLUH will be making their fifth trip to the Challenge Cup Final.

Both teams are fueled by some of the area's most talented players. SLUH is led by Senior forward Luke Gasset (No. 8), who leads the conference with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists). Their blueline features sophomore Christian Berger (No. 22), who comes from a strong hockey pedigree. His older brothers, Jack and Chase, both had successful Division 1 hockey careers at Princeton and Penn St., respectively. The team is backstopped by sophmore goalie Brendan Rasch (No. 31), who has posted a 16-3 record along with a .910 save percentage and 1.29 goals-against average this season.

CBC boasts perhaps the area's top prospect in senior forward Bud Winter (No. 25). Winter has logged 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) for the Cadets and is slated to play next season in the USHL (United States Hockey League), the top Junior A league in the country. The Cadets also feature several players looking to make it four-for-four in Challenge Cup finals in their career, including forwards Clayton Dawe (No. 14) and Noah Roofe (No. 10), and defenseman Ben Jones (No. 17). CBC is backstopped by junior goalie Jack Caruso (No. 31), who will be looking for his second straight state championship. Caruso is 13-3 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage this season.

Top Seeds Clash in the Wickenheiser Cup

The 2017 Wickenheiser Cup will provide another battle of top-ranked teams as the No. 1 ranked Westminister Wildcats (15-9-5) take on the No. 2 ranked Ladue Rams (24-2-2).

Westminister, a club that defeated such Challenge Cup contenders as Chaminade and Kirkwood this season, will be making their first-ever appearance in a Mid-States Final. The Wildcats are led by senior forward Jason Kelly (No. 22), who was among the top scorers in Mid-States, logging 55 points (28 goals, 27 assists) during the regular season.

Ladue had one of the best seasons in team history, including a 15-1 conference record and a 17-game unbeaten streak. The Rams are led by senior forward and Mid-States leading scorer Samuel Shevitz (No. 88), who has 36 goals and 62 points. Senior forward Jordan Stern (#28) has 61 points and junior forward Zachary Levy (No. 10) has 54 points to make the Rams the only team to possess three 50-point scorers.

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