The Wentzville Holt hockey team is hoping recent history can repeat itself.
In the Indians' one-and-only game against Duchesne High School this season, Holt got eight goals from five shooters and goaltender Zachary Burnett stopped 28 of 31 shots en route to a 8-3 victory over the Pioneers.
The Indians are looking for a similar outcome in tonight's Wickenheiser Cup championship game.
A win would give Holt its second Wickenheiser Cup championship in three years—the Indians defeated Rockwood Summit in 2011.
Meanwhile, Duchesne has a chance to make school history as the Pioneers have a shot at becoming the high school's first-ever Mid-States High School Hockey League champion
The puck is set to drop in the Wickenheiser Cup championship game at 5:30 p.m. at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.
Holt wasn't the best team during the regular season—the Indians even had a losing division record—but has come up big in the playoffs.
Leading the charge is a pair of freshmen goalies—Zach Burnett and Jacob Stewart. The pair have combined to stop 139 of 153 shots they've faced.
And while Burnett has started a majority of Holt's playoff games, Indian head coach Larry Sadowski has confidence in both.
“I really have two No. 1 goaltenders,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I know either one of them can get the job done.
A big reason the freshmen duo have been so solid this season—the pair have allowed just 57 goals this season, amongst league leaders in all of Mid-States—is a lack of opportunities.
The Holt defense has allowed 20 or fewer shots on goal in three playoff games this season. The Indians won all three of those games.
And Holt will need to limit scoring chances tonight, as they faceoff against one of the most explosive offenses in the league.
Duchesne senior forward Steve Kinnison leads all St. Louis-area scorers with 66 points—39 goals and 27 assists. His dramatic breakaway overtime goal against Marquette on Feb. 24 was the play that sent the Pioneers in its first-ever Wickenheiser Cup championship game in school history.