Friday, February 29, 2008

MINNESOTA SECTION 8A HOCKEY: Warroad Captures 6th Section 8A Title This Decade; Defeat EGF 2-0

Photos and story courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

By: Kevin Fee, Herald Staff Writer

Warroad co-coach Albert Hasbargen couldn't confirm whether it was his team's fifth title in the past six years.

“I don't know, you'll have to look that up,” Hasbargen said.

The other Warrior co-coach, Bruce Olson, wasn't sure, either. He just knew it was two in a row.

Alex Christiansen stops Brett Hebel's shot

Bryce Ravndalen stretches for the puck

Brett Hebel looks at the Warriors second goal

Like their neighbor to the west down Minnesota Highway 11 did a night earlier in the same Ralph Engelstad Arena, the Warriors repeated as a section hockey champion Thursday night.

The Warriors scored two power-play goals in a span of 1 minute, 43 seconds and received 25 saves from Jared Paquin to defeat East Grand Forks Senior High 2-0 in the Section 8A boys hockey final.

And, yes, it is five titles in six years. Thief River Falls' title in 2006 interrupted the Warrior string. Senior High was looking for its first section title since 2002, when it defeated Warroad.
The Warriors take a 22-6 record into the state tournament, which begins Wednesday in St. Paul. They join neighbor Roseau, which plays in the state Class AA tournament beginning next Thursday in St. Paul.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Section 8A Title Tilt At The Ralph Engelstad Arena

By: Timothy Oshie

History will be made tonight as the 64th Section 8 (A) Champion will be crowned at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

The first Section 8 champion was the Thief River Falls Thieves in 1945, and the inaugural Minnesota State High Hockey School Tournament held in the old St. Paul Auditorium. TRF lost a heartbreaker to the Eveleth Golden Bears, 4-3, in the championship tilt which jump started Eveleth's dynasty as we now know it.

Next came the Roseau who captured the 1946 and 1947 Section 8 titles and won it all in 1946 with a decisive, 6-0 victory over Rochester. In 1947, the Roseau lost in the championship game, 2-1, to St. Paul Johnson. In 1946, Roseau was known as the Green Wave and were led by Rube Bjorkman notching a hat trick in a 6-0 shutout win over Rochester. Bjorkman later went on to represent the United States in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics games.

Warroad was the next to capture Section 8 as they marched to St. Paul in 1948 with their tandum of Chippewa Indian players Max Oshie, Buster Oshie, Albert Angus and Sam Gibbons. The Warriors would lose to Eveleth, 8-2, in the '48 championship game. The following year in 1949, Warroad once again captured the hearts of the Twin Cities but could only garner a Consolation Championship without the services of Max "Chief" Oshie to graduation.

The history of Section 8 hockey is deep and rich with legendary names who've planted the footsteps. Now, these kids tonight will try to put their names in the history books and march to the drum of Section 8A championship game participants.

The Legends of Section 8 are staples of every town and village in northern Minnesota. Player profile displays hanging in the lobbies of each arena and banners displayed from the rafters.

Tonight, the communities of East Grand Forks and Warroad will proudly display and wear those beautiful jerseys, hats, sweatshirts, jackets and other garments as face-paint (or perhaps body paint) will cover their skin. This coveted event called the Section 8A championship game is held in late-February of every hockey season since 1945. Tonight, each of these two communities will cheer on their beloved (Green Wave and Warriors) to the final horn.

In the end, one team will emerge and one team will not. It has been said that the greatest feats climbed always followed adversity. Tonight, Section 8A will showcase it's top teams in a vicous battle to earn the title. In the end, each athlete will leave with the memories, the comradery and the desire to be the best.

I'd like to extend my personal congratulations to the East Grand Forks Green Wave and Coach Cory Chupka's fantastic staff. The Green Wave, most recently, represented Section 8A in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002 Minnesota State H.S. Championships. Also to Jim Scanlan, Athletic Director of East Grand Forks who was the mastermind behind those four Section 8A titles and state appearances.

On the other side, my personal congratulations to the Warroad Warriors, who've captured Section 8A titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. Congrat's to co-Head Coaches Albert Hasbargen and Bruce Olson for another great season. Also, to a very good friend, Assistant Coach Dennis Fermoyle, who stepped back into the program after retiring in 2006. Warriors hockey is complete again with Coach Fermoyle behind the bench.

The history books will be re-written this evening at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Enjoy the game, and like the famous "Badger" Bob Johnson once said, "It's A Great Day For (Section 8A) Hockey."

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

MINNESOTA SECTION 8A BOYS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Offensive Explosion As EGF Knocks Off Park Rapids To Advance To Championship Game

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

By: Tom Miller, Herald Staff Writer

Forward Zach Lehrke is Park Rapids' all-time leading scorer, the highest goal-scorer in the state and one of 10 finalists for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey award.

But on Monday, it was East Grand Forks Senior High's team that put on an offensive show.

The Green Wave, highlighted by a five-goal second period, coasted to an 8-3 win over Park Rapids in the Section 8A boys hockey semifinals in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Senior High heads to the section championship for the first time since 2002. The Green Wave face Warroad at 7 p.m. Thursday in the title game in Thief River Falls.

Park Rapids dropped to 24-3, while the Green Wave improved to 12-12-1.

"We haven't been to the final since 2002, so it's pretty big," said Casey Ristau, who had two goals and an assist.

Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed in the section, hadn't allowed more than five goals all season. Senior High, though, showed early on that it could score against the Panthers.

Senior High defenseman Casey Wood dumped the puck into the zone along the right boards. Michael Lukkason got to the puck behind the net and poked it over to Ristau, who also was in back of the goal. Ristau quickly grabbed the puck and put it in the net on his backhand for a power-play goal at 2 minutes, 58 seconds of the first period.

Ristau struck again less than two minutes later. From behind the net, Henry Gutierrez found Ristau close in at the left faceoff circle. Ristau's blast beat goalie Mark Smith for a 2-0 lead at 4:31.

"It was a big key to get those first two goals," Senior High coach Cory Chupka said. "Park Rapids pressed us early, but we were able to weather that. You could see the guys get excited."

From there, the Wave cruised.

Senior High scored five times in the second period to build a 7-2 lead. Jake Useldinger, Macauley Useldinger, Lukkason, Cody Grassel and John Grabanski all scored in the period.
Lukkason finished with two goals and an assist.



First period - 1. EGF, Casey Ristau (Michael Lukkason, Casey Wood) 2:58; 2. EGF, Ristau (Henry Gutierrez, Macauley Useldinger) 4:31

Second period - 3. PR, Bill Winkler (Derek Ricke) 3:40; 4. EGF, Jake Useldinger 4:04; 5. EGF, Macauley Useldinger (Alex Lind, Vizenor) 7:05; 6. EGF, Michael Lukkason (Ristau, Zak Aubol) 7:48; 7. PR, Zach Lehrke (Curtis Tolle) 12:17; 8. EGF, Cody Grassel (J. Useldinger) 15:30; 9. EGF, John Grabanski (Joey Wikoff, J. Useldinger) 16:08

Third period - 10. PR, Kevin McMorrow (Lehrke) 1:44; 11. EGF, Lukkason 3:16

Goalie saves - EGF: Alex Christiansen 7-9-5 - 21; PR: Mark Smith 9-10-7 - 26

Monday, February 25, 2008

New Section 8A Bracket Board Warroad vs. EGF For Championship (Click To Enlarge)

Park Rapids Standout, Zach Lehrke Among Minnesota Mr. Hockey (10) Finalists

Courtesy of Park Rapids Enterprise:

By: Vance Carlson

Zach Lehrke continues to reach milestones as a member of the Park Rapids-Menahga boys hockey team.

The senior forward became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the boys hockey program earlier this season.

On Monday, Lehrke was named as one of 10 finalists for the 24th annual Mr. Hockey Award. Lehrke becomes the first Park Rapids hockey player to receive that distinction.

Park Rapids’ Zach Lehrke (26) was named as one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Mr. Hockey Award. The award will be presented March 9 in St. Paul.

The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts, Division I college coaches and selected media members from around the state.

So far this season, Lehrke has 46 goals and 35 assists for 81 points. That is a single-season scoring record for the Panthers, breaking Tyler Lehrke’s 79 points during the 2003-04 season. Zach Lehrke’s 46 goals so far has shattered the single-season record he shared with his older brother of 34 and his 35 assists are approaching the school record of 45 set by Tyler Lehrke in 2003-04.

Lehrke is currently the top goal scorer in the state and is second in total scoring, trailing Mankato West’s Ricky Litchfield by one point and sitting three points ahead of Little Falls’ Beau Hanow-ski. Litchfield has 28 goals and 54 assists for 82 points while Hanowski has 37 goals and 41 assists for 78 points.

With his 81 points this season, Zach Lehrke has 194 in his career. Tyler Lehrke held the previous record with 192 career points, which included 89 goals and 103 assists. Zach Lehrke holds the school record with his 105 career goals and is second with his 89 career assists.

The other finalists for the Mr. Hockey Award are Tyler Barnes of Burnsville, J.T. Brown of Rose-mount, Cory Fienhage of Eastview, Jake Gardiner of Minnetonka, Joe Gleason of Edina, Justin Jokinen of Cloquet, Aaron Ness of Roseau, Drew Olson of Brainerd and Jake Youso of International Falls.

The 24th annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday, March 9 at noon at the Star Tribune Grand Ballroom at the River Centre in St. Paul. The Minnesota Wild and Acceleration Minnesota are co-sponsors of the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet. The Mr. Hockey Award is hosted by the Minnesota Minutemen.

Other awards that will be presented at the banquet are the Frank Brimsek Award for the state’s top senior goaltender, the John Mariucci Awards for the Class A and Class AA coaches of the year, and the Cliff Thompson Award for the “Old Timer Coach” of the year.

Previous Mr. Hockey Award winners are Tom Corske (1985), George Pelawa (1986), Kris Miller (1987), Larry Olimb (1988), Trent Klatt (1989), Joe Dziedzic (1990), Darby Hendrickson (1991), Brian Bonin (1992), Nick Checco (1993), Mike Crowley (1994), Erik Rasmussen (1995), Dave Spehar (1996), Aaron Miskovich (1997), John Pohl (1998), Jeff Taffe (1999), Paul Martin (2000), Marty Sertich (2001), Gino Guyer (2002), Nate Dey (2003), Tom Gorowski (2004), Brian Lee (2005), David Fischer (2006) and Ryan McDonagh (2007).

For tickets to the banquet, contact Yvonne Feldkamp at (763) 422-9708 or Individual tickets for the event are $25.

2008 Minnesota Section 8A Hockey Play-offs Bracket Board (Click to Enlarge)

MINNESOTA SECTION 8 TOURNAMENT: Warroad stops TRF in thriller

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

Warroad 2, Thief River Falls 1 2OT

Mark McDonald scored at 8 minutes, 11 seconds of the second overtime to lead Warroad to a 2-1 win over Thief River Falls in the Section 8A boys hockey semifinals Saturday.

McDonald's shot deflected off traffic and past goalie Zane Gothberg. McDonald received an assist from Dane Shaugabay on the play.

"It was a lucky bounce for us and a not-so-lucky bounce for Thief River Falls," Warroad co-coach Bruce Olson said. "The whole game was really intense."

Gothberg had 55 saves, including 18 in the third period and nine in each of the overtime periods. Warroad goalie Jared Paquin also was solid, with 28 saves.

"Our goalie made two-three big saves to give us a chance to win it," Olson said. "Their goaltender was absolutely outstanding."

Warroad will play either East Grand Forks Senior High or Park Rapids in the championship game Thursday in Thief River Falls' Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Warriors are 21-6.

MINNESOTA SECTION 8A TOURNAMENT: East Grand Forks, Park Rapids Advance To Semi-Finals

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

East Grand Forks 4, Kittson Central 2:

After a long break in action, it didn't take long for the East Grand Forks Senior High boys hockey team to get back into the swing of things.The Green Wave jumped to a 4-0 lead after one period and hung on for a 4-2 win over Kittson Central on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament.

East Grand Forks faces Park Rapids in the semifinals Monday in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.“We caught them off-guard with our speed,” EGF coach Cory Chupka said. “We just needed to get back in the groove. We'd been off since last Tuesday.”

Michael Lukkason, Jake Useldinger, Joey Wikoff and Zak Aubol scored first-period goals for EGF.While EGF out-shot Kittson Central 11-1 and 13-6 in the final two periods, Kittson Central goalie Scott Lindegard kept the Green Wave out of the net.“Their goaltender put up a brick wall,” Chupka said. “(Kittson Central) came out hard and scratched and clawed.”

Ryan Johnson and Jack Deere scored third-period goals for Kittson Central.

Park Rapids 9, Lake of the Woods 2:

Zach Lehrke's five goals and two assists lifted Park Rapids to a quarterfinal victory over Lake of the Woods.Park Rapids, which outshot Lake of the Woods 48-23, pulled away with five second-period goals.Danny Usiski and Cody Hasbargen scored goals for Lake of the Woods.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Warroad Blanks Crookston 7-0: TRF Rallies Late To Upend Bemidji 2-1 In Section 8A Tournament Quarter-Finals

By: Timothy Oshie

The 2008 Section 8A Boy's hockey tournament entered the second, of four rounds, last night at the friendly confines of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minn.

The host team (TRF Prowlers) will clash with the favorite (Warroad Warriors) in the Minnesota Section 8A boys hockey tournament on Saturday. That's because fourth-seeded Thief River Falls won a thriller against fifth-seeded Bemidji on Thursday night, while Warroad cruised to an easy victory over Crookston in quarterfinal games at The Little Ralph.

Prowlers Score Twice Late; Earn 2-1 Comeback Victory Late In 3rd

Thief River Falls, playing in front of the home crowd on the backside of the hockey double-header, scored twice in the final 2:46 of the game to earn the comeback 2-1 win over the Bemidji Lumberjacks.

TRF's Lucas Dillon scored on a penalty shot at 14:14 and Kent Peterson added the game-winning goal with just 46 seconds left in the final stanza.

Bemidji netted the opening goal when Dylan Wizner scored an unassisted tally at 2:45 of the second period. That lead lasted until late, when the Prowlers rallied in front of their hometown fans.

In addition to scoring the game-tying goal, Dillon also set up Peterson's winning goal.

In net, Zane Gothburg stopped 23 shots for Thief River Falls, while Bemidji's Derek Dudgeon made 32 saves.

Thief River Falls Prowlers 2,
Bemidji Lumberjacks 1

Second period - 1. B, Dylan Wizner 2:45

Third period - 2. TRF, Lucas Dillon 14:14; 3. TRF, Kent Peterson (Dillon, Aaron Langan) 16:14

Goalie saves - TRF: Zane Gothburg 4-10-9 - 23; B: Derek Dudgeon 9-12-11 - 32

Warroad Cruises In Section 8A Opener; Downs Crookston 7-0

The Warroad Warriors, winners of 4 of the last 5 Section 8A Tournaments ('03, '04, '05, '07), is once again looking like the team to beat. Senior Bryce Ravndalen had a goal and three assists, while teammates Dane Shaugabay and Mickey Knox added three-point nights to lift top-seeded Warroad past Crookston in a quarterfinal.

Shaugabay, very hot of late scoring 28 points in the last 9 games, scored twice and set up one, while Knox had a goal and two assists to lift the Warriors to 20-6-0 on the season.

Michael Pieper, Brock Nelson and Brett Hebel all added a goal and an assist for the defending section champion Warriors.

Warroad took control in the first on a power-play goal by Pieper at 8:58 and even-strength goals 15 seconds apart by Nelson and Hebel. In the second, Shaugabay and Knox added to Warroad's lead and Ravndalen and Shaugabay rounded out the scoring in the third.

Crookston starting goaltender Matt Grove made 36 saves before giving way to Stevie Noyes in the third. Noyes stopped two shots.

Senior Warrior netminder, Jared Paquin, steered aside all 12 shots and pushed his season record to 14-3-0 on the year.

Warroad Warriors 7,
Crookston Pirates 0

First period - 1. W, Michael Pieper (Bryce Ravndalen, Dane Shaugabay) 8:58; 2. W, Brock Nelson (Brett Hebel, Micky Knox) 13:47; 3. W, Hebel (Carson Gray, Knox) 14:02

Second period - 4. W, Shaugabay (Ravndalen) 8:39; 5. W, Knox (Nelson, Jon Hellquist) 14:02
Third period - 6. W, Ravndalen (Pieper, Jeremy Hahn) 1:23; 7. W, Shaugabay (Jake Mack, Ravndalen) 4:19

Goalie saves - W: Jared Paquin 3-3-6 - 12; C: Matt Grove 10-20-6 - 26; Stevie Noyes x-x-2 - 2

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

By: Virg Foss - Special to the Herald

Bryce Ravndalen vividly remembers sitting in the stands in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in 2005 and watching Warroad complete an undefeated season by winning the Minnesota state Class A boys hockey title.

A freshman at the time, Ravndalen was playing on Warroad's bantam team, not the varsity. Still, seeing his school that featured current UND star T.J. Oshie win a state title left a lasting impression.

“I wanted to get down there myself and do what they did,” said Ravndalen, now a senior and the leading scorer for the Warriors. “I thought it was a pretty cool deal.”

Ravndalen did get to state last year, but the Warriors lost in the semifinals to Hermantown after leading 3-1 entering the final period.

“I still have that (bad) taste in my mouth,” Ravndalen. “We're a better team this year.”

Ravndalen has more hockey in his future. He's given a verbal commitment to St. Cloud State, likely for the 2009-10 season. He also was the first player signed by Dean Blais to stock the United States Hockey League franchise in Fargo that begins play next season.

Warroad (19-6-0) enters Thursday's quarterfinal round of the Section 8A tournament as the No. 1 seed and is undefeated (10-0-0) against other teams in the tournament.

“Certainly our kids know that when you're the No. 1 seed,” Warroad co-coach Albert Hasbargen said, “you're expected to win.”

The Warriors have met all expectations season, earning a No. 5 ranking in the last state poll.
Yet nothing will come easy in the tournament, Hasbargen knows.

“The top eight teams in the section are real close,” Hasbargen said. “You throw a couple of goals in there any time in any game and it will change the outcome.”

Warroad features the top-scoring line in the tournament in the unit of Ravndalen (24 goals, 31 assists), Dane Shaugabay (19-13) and Jeremy Hahn (10-22). In addition, Brock Nelson (12), Brett Hebel (10) and John Hellquist (9) are proven scorers.

Shaugabay, slowed by a wrist injury early in the year, has come back strong with 28 points in his last nine games.

It's a Warroad team long on experience. Seven of the seniors played in last year's state tournament.

“That's an advantage for us,” Ravndalen said. “We're used to playing in big games, and section games are usually barn-burners with no blowouts.”

Warroad's defense took a hit with an injury to Tai Larson. He's listed as questionable for the start of the section tournament, Hasbargen said. But Warroad has a solid goalie in Jared Paquin, who has a 1.42 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He's had shutouts in his last two starts.

“We need to work really hard,” Hasbargen said. “We're not an overly skilled team. We have some skilled players, but we need to play well in the defensive zone and like anybody in the playoffs, we need to have good goaltending.”

The Section 8A tournament also features the state's second-leading scorer in senior forward Zach Lehrke of Park Rapids Area. He has 48 goals and 40 assists in 25 games.

Park Rapids (23-2), the No. 2 seed, is a bit of an unknown. The Panthers have not played many of the other section teams but did lose 3-2 to Kittson Central, the sixth seed in the tournament.

Crookston's Morgan Terpstra Paces Pirates 2-0 Victory Over RLF Eagles

Courtesy of KROX-AM Sports:

Crookston’s Morgan Terpstra scored two first period goals, which would be all the scoring and the Pirates Matt Grove had a 25 save shutout, as Crookston defeated Red Lake Falls 2-0 in a Section 8A boy’s hockey play-in game at the Crookston Civic Arena.

Crookston would make it look easy to start the game, when Luke Biermaier kept a Red Lake Falls clearing pass in the offensive zone and then let a nice crisp low shot that Morgan Terpstra tipped in to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead just 43 seconds into the game.

“I was just going to the net and Luke shot it from the point and I was able to get my stick on it,” said Terpstra on his 15th goal of the season and sixth against Red Lake Falls in the three games played between the two teams.

Crookston pretty much dominated early, holding Red Lake Falls without a shot on goal for the first five and a half minutes.

“That was important for us to get that first goal,” said Crookston head coach Jon Bittner, “because it was a battle out there and they didn’t give us much. It was a mucker’s game, so to get the jump start was big.”

Morgan Terpstra will have to argue with older brother, Taylor on who scored the second goal, after a scramble in front and Morgan was able to jam it by the Eagles goalie, also a sophomore, Zach Page.

“I think Taylor hit the cross bar with the puck and it might have been in, but I just tapped it in to make sure,” said Morgan on the goal. Red Lake Falls coach Brad Kennett and the Eagles thought that Page might have had the puck covered for a whistle before the goal, but it was allowed by the officials and Crookston had a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The second period found Red Lake Falls picking up their fore check and forcing Crookston into some miscues in their own zone, which created some scoring opportunities for the Eagles, but they either weren’t able to finish the chances, or were stymied by Grove, who had 12 saves in the second period.

“They had some big shots and had some big kids in front of our net during that period,” said Bittner, “ and fortunate enough for us Matt Grove played just outstanding and was on the top of his game.”

The third period was much like the second period, in that both teams were feisty, with a number of coincidental minor penalties, which did not help the flow of the game, but the Eagles did have a couple power play chances in the third, including in the last minute and pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, but were unable to get any real threat at Grove and Crookston would prevail 2-0.

“It was a good win for us,” said Grove, “it was a good game and they are a tough team, but it gets us to Thief River Falls which was our goal.”

Both goalies played very steady, as Page for Red Lake Falls, gave up four first period goals a week ago in the first period to Crookston, and then the early goal tonight, but the youngster settled in and turned away 25 saves himself to keep his team in the hunt.

“It was muck, muck, muck all night long,” said Bittner, “it wasn’t one of the more finesse or prettiest games, but a lot of credit to the Red Lake Falls coaches, O.J (Brad Kennett), Todd (Glass) and Mike (LaPlante) over there, as their kids played their hearts out and they have a great group of kids and a great coaching staff.”


Section 8A Play-In Final Scores On Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Crookston 2, Red Lake Falls 0 (F)
Kittson Central 9, Walker-H-A 1 (F)
Lake of the Woods 6, Bagley/Fosston 3 (F)

Section 8A Tournament @ Ralph Engelstad Arena In TRF

Thursday, February 21, 2008:

#1 Warroad Warriors vs. #8 Crookston Pirates, 6:00 PM
#4 Thief River Falls Prowlers vs. #5 Bemidji Lumberjacks, 8:15 PM

Friday, February 22, 2008:

#2 Park Rapids Panthers vs. #7 Lake of the Woods Bears, 6:00 PM
#3 East Grand Forks vs. #6 Kittson Central Wolfpack, 8:15 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2008:

Winner Warroad/Crookston vs. Winner TRF/Bemidji, 7:00 PM

Monday, February 25, 2008:

Winner Park Rapids/LOW vs. Winner EGF vs. Kittson Central, 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 28, 2008:

Championship Game

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Quick Preview To The 2008 Minnesota Section 8A Hockey Tournament

For Immediate Press Release
Tuesday, February 19, 2008:

A Quick Preview At The 2008 Section 8A Boy's Championships

A season of fourteen grueling weeks of Section 8A hockey has once again passed and now we enter the state of Minnesota's second hockey season. As most of the hundreds of thousands of high school hockey fans set their sights on Minnesota's most coveted crowns, the 2008 Minnesota Class A & AA Hockey Championships.

The Pioneer Sports Department presents the 3rd Annual, 2008 Section 8A Preview and Predictions. If memory serves me correct, last year we predicted 8 of the 9 total games in the tournament only to miss the semi-final game where we had East Grand Forks defeating Thief River Falls to advance to the championship game.

TRF eventually won the contest but fell to the Warroad Warriors, 2-1, in another very memorable Section 8A championship game at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

Move forward 12 months.

Here are the seedings for this years Section 8A Tournament being hosted by the Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The ranking order, team, (2008 season record), players to watch:

#1 Warroad Warriors, (19-6-0), Players To Watch: (F) Bryce Ravndalen, (F) Jeremy Hahn, (F) Dane Shaugabay, (D) Mark McDonald, (D) Michael Pieper and (G) Jared Paquin

#2 Park Rapids Panthers, (23-2-0), Players To Watch: (F) Zach Lehrke, (F) Zach Knapp, (F) Tucker Coborn, (D) Curtis Tolle, (D) Kevin McMorrow and (G) Mark Smith

#3 EGF Green Wave, (11-13-1), Players To Watch: (F) John Grabanski, (F) Joey Wikoff, (F) Jake Useldinger, (D) Kody Vizenor, (D) Nick Ohman and (G) Alex Christiansen

#4 TRF Prowlers, (12-13-0), Players To Watch: (F) Lucas Dillon, (F) Aaron Langen, (F) Brady Johnson, (D) Spencer Johnson, (D) Matt Audett, (G) Zane Gothberg

#5 Bemidji Lumberjacks, (10-15-0), Players To Watch: (F) Dylan Wiznor, (F) JesseNemgar, (F) Mike Rees, (D) Casey Reierson, (D) Ryan Sullivan, (G) Derek Dudgeon

#6 Kittson Central Wolfpack, (17-8-0), Players To Watch: (F) Lukas Dahl,(F) Craig Lindegard, (F) Kellen Albrecht, (D) Jack Deere, (D) Nick Lindegard and (G) Scott Lindegard

#7 LOW Bears, (6-18-1), Players To Watch: (F) Danny Usiski, (F) Jon Carlo Westerlund, (D) Cody Hasbargen, (D) Kyle Hontvedt, (G) Mark Clifford

#8 Crookston Pirates, (4-20-0), Players To Watch: (F) Morgan Terpstra, (F) Jarret Buttenhoff, (F) Josh Prudhomme, (D) Luke Biermeier, (G) Matt Grove

#9 Red Lake Falls Eagles, (6-16-1) Players To Watch: (F) Pat Johanneck, (F) Tyler Cota, (F) Casey Cardinal, (D) Nolan Knott, (D) John Murphy, (G) Zach Page

#10 Bagley-Fosston Flyers, (2-19-0), Players To Watch: (F) Mike Thorson, (F) Charlie Newland, (F) Dillon Spray, (D) Bryant Bolduc, (D) Anders Johnson, (G) Shawn Clark

#11 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, (1-21-0), Players To Watch: (F) Daniel Nelson, (F) Jake Karst, (F) Channing Alto, (D) Andrew Duchesneau, (D) TJ Knowles, (G) Devon Weberg

The Pioneer Sports Department Predictions:

Game #1: Crookston Defeats Red Lake Falls ( 4-1 ) Play-In
Game #2: LOW Defeats Bagley ( 5-1 ) Play-In
Game #3: Kittson Central Defeats Walker-H-A (7-1) Play-In
Game #4: Warroad Defeats Crookston ( 4-1 ) Quarter-Final
Game #5: TRF Defeats Bemidji ( 4-2 ) Quarter-Final
Game #6: Park Rapids Defeats LOW ( 5-3 ) Quarter-Final
Game #7: EGF Defeats Kittson Central ( 4-3 ) Quarter-Final
Game #8: Warroad Defeats TRF ( 3-1 ) Semi-Finals
Game #9: EGF Defeats Park Rapids ( 4-3 ) Semi-Finals
Game #10: Warroad Defeats EGF ( 3-1 ) Championship Game

The Warroad Warriors, the most prolific team in the history of Section 8A, will capture their 19th Section 8 title with victories over Crookston, Thief River Falls and an old fashioned, barn-burner against the East Grand Forks Green Wave in the title tilt.

Here is a list of selections for the Section 8A (Regular Season) All-Section Teams if it was announced prior to the Section 8A Tourney:

The list would include Warroad's (F) Bryce Ravndalen, (F) Dane Shaugabay, (F) Jeremy Hahn, (D) Mark McDonald; Park Rapids' (F) Zach Lehrke, (D) Kevin McMorrow and (G) Mark Smith; East Grand Forks' (F) John Grabanski, (F) Joey Wikoff, (F) Jake Useldinger and (G) Alex Christiansen; Crookston's (G) Matt Grove and (D) Luke Biermeier; Thief River Falls (D) Spencer Johnson and (F) Aaron Langen; Kittson Central's (F) Lukas Dahl, (F) Craig Lindegard, (F) Kellen Albrecht, (D) Jack Deere, (D) Nick Lindegard and (G) Scott Lindegard; Bagley-Fosston's (F) Mike Thorson; Bemidji's (F) Dylan Wiznor, (F) Jesse Nemgar; LOW's (F) Danny Usiski and (D) Cody Hasbargen; Walker-H-A (G) (G) Devon Weberg; Red Lake Fall's (D) Nolan Knott and (F) Casey Cardinal.

Publishers Note:
This is a mock preview. The intent is to recognize the players from each team and to forecast a potential Section 8A Tournament bracket board and eventual champion. Most of the individual players information is provided by the representing school. All intent is in fun and a chance to correctly choose the brackets, scores and information.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Section 8A Final Scores On Saturday, February 15, 2008

Saturday, February 15, 2008:

Moose Lake Area 9, Bagley/Fosston 3
Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson 13, Walker-H-A 0
Thief River Falls 8, Detroit Lakes 1


Friday, February 15, 2008

Walker-H-A Wolves Capture Initial Victory In MN / Section 8A Hockey; Other Section Scores On Thursday, February 14, 2008

By: Timothy Oshie

Congratulations to the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves for the programs first Varsity victory in school history and Section 8A.

Valentine's Day was "sweet" to the Wolves as they earned the 5-0 victory over the Bagley-Fosston Flyers.

A personal congratulations to Head Coach, Ben Brovold, and his Assistant Coach, Chad Smith, for their dedication this past season to the kids of Walker-H-A and the Leech Lake Hockey Association and attaining this special win.

And, of course, to the Varsity hockey players and parents who've endured a difficult, yet rewarding first hockey season in Section 8A.

As Coach Brovold stated, "Congrats to the whole hockey association for making the hockey program a success."

Also, a special congratulations to Gretchen Gribbin, the High School Hockey Coordinator for Walker-H-A Wolves whom I'm sure has logged hundreds of hours this past season.

Walker-H-A built the program the old fashioned way and applied for entry into the Minnesota State High School League and earned a spot in Section 8A for 2007-08 season.

On October 9, 2006 the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Board entered into a partnership with the Leech Lake Area Amateur Hockey Association for high school hockey. This program will be funded 100% by the Leech Lake Area Amateur Hockey Association.

A memorable feat for the Wolves of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley!

Here are the scores for Section 8A last night:

Detroit Lakes 7, Red Lake Falls 6 (OT)
Greenway 7, Bemidji 2
Walker-H-A 5, Bagley/Fosston 0

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Celebrate USA Hockey's "Hockey Weekend Across America"

By: Timothy Oshie
(Information Provided Courtesy Of USA Hockey)
USA Hockey, the grassroots program started back in the 1930's, has launched a very special event this weekend.
Celebrate USA Hockey and all the wonderful memories your family has had over the decades in this great game of hockey.
This weekend marks a very special event. USA Hockey has proclaimed February 15-17, 2008, as officially, Hockey Weekend Across America.
Friday, Feb. 15 - Wear Your Jersey to School Day

• Show your hockey spirit by wearing your favorite jersey from any level of hockey (youth, high school, college, pro, etc.) to school.
Saturday, Feb. 16 - Bring a Friend to the Rink Day

• No matter what the event is (a youth game, an open skate or a professional game) do your best to bring a friend to the rink to introduce them to the sport.
Sunday, Feb. 17 - Celebrate Local Hockey Heroes Day

• Honor your favorite coach, timekeeper, official, player, etc., through a special recognition event. Use the day as a fund-raising effort for you association and just plain show the community what hockey has done for them.
Hockey Weekend Across America’s objective is to celebrate hockey and all those involved in the game at all levels and also expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials and volunteers to the sport.

“It's terrific to see all the things happening around the country as part of Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “I commend the entire hockey community for its enthusiastic participation.”
Listed below is a partial list of events happening around the country in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America, as well as a rundown of special programming airing on NHL Network in the United States as part of the celebration. Also listed are special interviews taking place on XM Radio’s Hockey This Morning on channel 204.

NOTES: The 10th anniversary of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team winning the first-ever gold medal awarded in the sport is Feb. 17 as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. … USA Hockey will stage media conference calls this week leading up to Hockey Weekend Across America with Jeremy Roenick (two-time Olympian and member of San Jose Sharks) on Monday; Mike Modano (three-time Olympian and member of Dallas Stars) on Tuesday; five members of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team (Cammi Granato, Karyn Bye, Angela Ruggiero, Sarah Tueting, Katie King) on Wednesday; and Chris Chelios (four-time Olympian and member of Detroit Red Wings) on Thursday … Hockey Day in Michigan is set for Saturday (Feb. 16) as part of Hockey Weekend Across America … USA Today’s Kevin Allen began blogging Saturday (Feb. 9) about American hockey and will continue throughout the week at Coverage will be included in the print edition of USA Today as well ... The Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championship is set for Feb. 15-17 on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis., as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. A sold-out field of 142 teams from 23 states is expected.

Section 8A Girl's Championship Game Tonight; Warroad vs. Roseau For Berth To State @ Xcel Energy Center

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald

Warroad and Roseau both are holding opponents to an average of fewer than 1.5 goals per game. But when they meet tonight with a state tournament berth on the line, the matchup will be one of offense against defense.

The teams play at 7 p.m. in Roseau in the Minnesota Section 8A girls hockey championship. Both are strong in goal, Warroad with Morgan Pieper (1.25 goals-against average, 0.936 save percentage) and Roseau with Chelsey Froseth (1.43 GAA, .909 SP).


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2008 Section 8A Tournament Seedings & Information

Courtesty of KQ-92 FM in Warroad, MN:

By: Jon Michael ( The Voice Of Border Hockey)

The 2008 Section 8A Boy's Hockey Tournament gets underway next Tuesday, February 19, with the play-in round.

The Warroad Warriors (#1 seed) will play in the first quarter-finals contest on Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. The Park Rapids Panthers (#2 seed) will play in the third quarter-finals game on Friday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m.

In the play-in round on Tuesday, the Lake of the Woods Bears (#7 seed) will host the Bagley / Fosston Flyers (#10 seed). The winner of LOW - Bagley / Fosston, will meet the 23-2-0 Park Rapids club in the quarterfinals.

The Crookston Pirates (#8 seed) will play host to the Red Lake Falls Eagles (#9 seed). The winner of Crookston vs. Red Lake Falls draws the 19-6-0 Warroad Warriors at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

The surging Kittson-Central Wolfpack (#6 seed) will play host to the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves (#11 seed) with a 5:00 p.m. tilt at the Hallock Memorial Arena. The winner of Kittson-Central vs. Walker-H-A earn a berth to play the East Grand Forks (#3 seed) on Friday, February, 22, 2008.

Thief River Falls Prowlers (#4 seed) will play the Bemidji Lumberjacks in the second quarter-finals game on Thursday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m. The Section 8A boys hockey tournament is being held at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Section 8A seeds

1. Warroad Warriors ( 19-6-0 )
2. Park Rapids Panthers ( 23-2-0 )
3. East Grand Forks Green Wave ( 11-13-1 )
4. Thief River Falls Prowlers ( 11-13-0 )
5. Bemidji Lumberjacks ( 9-15-0 )
6. Kittson Central Wolfpack ( 17-8-0 )
7. Lake of the Woods Bears ( 6-18-1 )
8. Crookston Pirates ( 4-20-1 )
9. Red Lake Falls Eagles ( 6-15-1 )
10. Bagley-Fosston Flyers ( 2-18-0 )
11. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves ( 0-16-0 )

Final Section 8A / Minnesota Scores On Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Bemidji 6, Detroit Lakes 1
Crookston 7, Red Lake Falls 0
East Grand Forks 3, Thief River Falls 1
Prairie Centre Area 2, Park Rapids Area 1
Kittson Central 7, Walker-H-A 1

Minnesota Scores:

Apple Valley 6, Chaska 3
Becker/BL/M 7, Redwood Valley 5
Burnsville 11, Bloomington Kennedy 0
Cambridge-Isanti 9, S.P. Como Park 4
Champlin Park 2, Blaine 1
Coon Rapids 10, Forest Lake 7
Duluth East 5, Hastings 1
Duluth Marshall 3, Cretin-Derham Hall 1
Eastview 6, Eagan 2
Eden Prairie 5, Rosemount 4
Faribault 6, Mankato East/Loyola 3
Grand Rapids 3, Duluth Denfeld 1
Greenway 5, Eveleth-Gilbert/ME 1
Henry Sibley 3, Simley 0
Hibbing/Chisholm 5, Virginia/MI-B 1
Hill-Murray 5, Mahtomedi 4
Holy Family Catholic 5, LeSueur/SP/L 1
Lakeville South 5, Lakeville North 3
Little Falls 5, Fergus Falls 3
Mankato West 4, Rochester Century 2
Marshall 13, Sleepy Eye Area 0
Mora/H-F 4, Princeton 1
Mound-Westonka 3, Rochester Lourdes 0
New Prague 6, Red Wing 3
New Ulm 8, Waseca 2
Northfield 5, Prior Lake 0
Orono 5, Litchfield/D-C 3
Osseo 3, Anoka 0
Owatonna 8, Austin 1
Proctor 4, Silver Bay/CC 3 (OT)
Robb. Armstrong 8, Elk River 6
Rochester Mayo 4, Albert Lea 1
Roseau 3, International Falls 1
Sartell-St. Stephen 3, Sauk Rapids-Rice 2
Shakopee 2, Hutchinson 1
S.C. Cathedral 4, Hermantown 2
South St. Paul 6, Tartan 5
Spring Lake Park 4, Irondale 3
St. Cloud Tech 5, St. Cloud Apollo 2
St. Francis 5, Robb. Cooper 2
St. Louis Park 6, Chisago Lakes 1
St. Michael-Al 4, Minneapolis West 2
St. Paul Academy 3, St. Paul Saints 2
Two Harbors 5, Moose Lake Area 4
Wadena-Deer Creek 9, Morris Area/Benson 1
Willmar 2, River Lakes 1

EGF Tops TRF 3-1; Feature One Of Section 8A's Best Lines

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:

By: Brittany Brevik, Herald Staff Writer

The East Grand Forks Senior High boys hockey team has a top line that poses a big scoring threat to opposing teams.

Thief River Falls witnessed it in action Tuesday night, as the Green Wave downed the Prowlers 3-1 in Section 8A play in the East Grand Forks Civic Center.

Seniors Joey Wikoff and John Grabanski and sophomore Jake Useldinger combined for the three goals for Senior High. All three scores came in the third period.

“Their first line is tough,” Thief River Falls coach Tim Bergland said. “They have a couple of nice lines you need to pay attention to.”

Thief River Falls led 1-0 entering the final period. Jesse Castle scored midway through the second on a breakaway, firing a slap shot that bounced off Green Wave goalie Alex Christiansen's pad and into the net.

The Green Wave picked up momentum 3 minutes, 49 seconds into the third period when Wikoff picked off a pass, weaved through defenders and scored for a 1-1 tie.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

State of Hockey: Hockey Day in Minnesota Quick Hits

Courtesy of The National Anthem Before A Cubs Game Blog Site:

Saturday was Hockey Day in Minnesota, and I was one of a number of people (specifically, "eight") who dragged themselves out of bed early so I could see the beginning of the coverage at 9 a.m. For about fifteen minutes, I was even working on a running diary of the whole day, but it quickly became apparent that not only would this be a bad idea, but it would be 15,000 words long and probably be the death of anyone who tried to read the whole thing. Overkill, in other words. So instead, here are a few random thoughts and reflections on the whole day, in no particular order:

Anyone who really wants the state to go back to one class for high school hockey needs to watch the Lake of the Woods game and the Hill-Murray game back to back again. Match up the Pioneers and the Bears, and if you laid a betting line, it'd look like the New England Patriots were in the game; take LotW and the +13, I think. There are a handful of Class 1A teams that could compete in 2A, for sure - St. Thomas Academy, Warroad, Duluth Marshall, etc. But apart from maybe 10 teams that wouldn't be overmatched, there's just no comparison between 1A and 2A hockey.


HOCKEYTOWN USA Hosts Section 8 All-Star Hockey Game



Brian Erickson
Warroad Memorial Arena Assocation
218-386-1430 (ext. 1224)

WARROAD MN, February 13, 2008 – The 1st Annual Hockeytown Hockey Classic Section 8 all-star game will be held at The Gardens Arena on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.


WARROAD MN, February 13, 2008 – The 1st Annual Hockeytown Hockey Classic Section 8 all-star game will be held at The Gardens Arena on Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

Hosted by Warroad Memorial Arena Association (WMAA), the event will include both a girls’ and a boys’ game and the Section 8A all-stars competing against those from Section 8AA. The teams will be comprised of the best varsity players from Section 8, regardless of age whom have been nominated by their coaches.

The girls’ high school hockey game will begin at 6p.m. and the boys will follow at 8p.m. Don’t miss this night of talent from across the region including players from Thief River Falls, Moorhead, Roseau, Crookston, EGF, Elk River, Buffalo, Park Rapids, St. Cloud, Bemidji, River Lakes, Monticello, Becker, Brainerd, Sartell, North Wright County, Baudette, Northern Lakes, and Warroad.

Warroad, MN and the Warroad Memorial Arena Association has hosted many different events such as US Olympic teams, Section 8 Boys Hockey tournaments, and Youth Regional and State Hockey tournaments.

Warroad; Paquin Shut Out LOW 6-0; Both Teams Prepare For Section 8A Tourney

Courtesy of KQ-92 FM Radio In Warroad, MN:

By: Jon Michael - The Voice Of Border Hockey

Warroad 6, Lake of the Woods 0

The Warroad Warriors and the Lake of the Woods Bears boy’s hockey teams wrapped up their regular seasons in Baudette on Monday night, and it was all Warroad.

The Warriors outshot the Bears 53-6 on their way to a 6-0 win. Dane Shaugabay scored the hat trick for the Warriors. Also netting goals for Warroad were Brock Nelson and Mickey Knox. Jared Paquin got the win in the nets for the Warriors.

Freshman goaltender Alex Lyon made 47 saves for Lake of the Woods.

With the win, Warroad finishes its regular season at 19-6-0.

Lake of the Woods ends its regular season at 6-18-1, as both teams begin preparations for the 2008 Section 8A playoffs.

The Section 8A tournament seeding meeting is Wednesday morning in Thief River Falls at 10:00 a.m at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

2008 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalists

Name, High School, (College Commitment)

Tyler Barnes, Burnsville (Wisconsin)
J.T. Brown, Rosemount
Corey Fienhage, Eastview (UND)
Jake Gardiner, Minnetonka (Wisconsin)
Joe Gleason, Edina (UND)
Justin Jokinen, Cloquet
Zach Lehrke, Park Rapids
Aaron Ness, Roseau (Minnesota)
Drew Olson, Brainerd (Duluth)
Jake Youso, International Falls (Minnesota)

Joe Phillippi, Hill-Murray -Winner of The Frank Brimsek Award recognizing the state's top senior goaltender.

Final Section 8A / Minnesota Scores On Monday, February 11, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Warroad 6, Lake of the Woods 0

Minnesota Scores:

Academy of Holy Angels 6, Farmington 0
Brainerd/P/P 2, Cloquet/E/C 0
Duluth East 3, Superior (WI) 2
Pine City/Rush City 4, Proctor 3 (OT)
Warroad 6, Lake of the Woods 0
Windom Area 11, Sleepy Eye Area 0

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Baudette Bay Classic ... Usiski Scores 'Trick' In LOW Win ... Fabian Tallies, Roseau Nips Blaine 1-0

Courtesy Of KQ-92 FM in Warroad, MN:

By: Jon Michael, The Voice Of Border Hockey

Baudette Bay Hockey Classic 2008

The 2nd Annual Baudette Bay Hockey Classic was held this past Saturday on the bay in Baudette under blizzard like conditions.

LOW Bears 5 - Eveleth-Gilbert Bears 0

This year featured two games. The Lake of the Woods Bears defeated the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears 5-0 in the early game on Saturday. Lake of the Woods senior captain Danny Usiski netted the hat trick for the Bears. Nick Baade and Josh Smart also tallied for Lake of the Woods, who improved to 6-17-1.

Lake of the Woods wraps up their regular season on Monday night against the Warroad Warriors.

Eveleth-Gilbert is now 5-19 and will wrap up their regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Coleraine.

Roseau Rams 1 - Blaine Bengals 0

Saturday’s second game featured a ‘AA’ match-up between the Blaine Bengals and the defending State AA champion Roseau Rams.

The game was scoreless until almost seven minutes into the third period when Roseau’s Jason Fabian put the puck past Blaine goalie Danny Harper. Roseau goaltender Mike Lee slammed the door from then on as the Rams won 1-0 to remain undefeated at 23-0.

Congratulations to ALL players, coaches and the schools involved in this years Baudette Bay Hockey Classic, for competing and braving the elements.

Section 8A Standings As Of Monday, February 11, 2008

Rank, Team Overall Record, Section 8A Record (Points)

1. Warroad Warriors, 18-6-0, 9-0-0 (18)
2. Park Rapids Panthers, 23-1-0, 9-1-0 (18)
3. Kittson Central Wolfpack, 16-8-0, 8-4-0 (16)
4. TRF Prowlers, 11-12-0, 7-4-0 (14)
5. EGF Green Wave, 10-13-1, 6-4-0 (12)
6. Lake of the Woods Bears, 6-17-1, 3-6-1 (7)
7. Red Lake Falls Eagles, 6-14-1, 4-9-0 (8)
8. Bemidji Lumberjacks, 8-15-0, 3-4-0 (6)
9. Crookston Pirates, 3-20-1, 1-9-1 (3)
10. Bagley-Fosston Flyers, 2-18-0, 1-6-0 (2)
11. Walker-H-A Wolves, 0-15-0, 0-4-0 (0)

Publishers Note:
Standings don't always reflect the final seeding for the Section 8A Tournament. All Section 8A (coaches) meet during the last week of the regular season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the "Seedings Meeting". The Ralph Engelstad Arena is the host school facility for the 2008 Section 8A Tournament. The event rotates each year with (TRF) Ralph Engelstad Arena, (Warroad) The Gardens Arena and (EGF) Civic Center hosting the events in a tri-year formula.

Upcoming Section 8A Games This Week Of February 11-16, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008:

Warroad at Lake of the Woods, Baudette Arena, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2008:

Crookston at Red Lake Falls, Cardin-Hunt Arena, 7:00 PM
Detroit Lakes at Bemidji, Nymore Arena, 7:30 PM
Park Rapids at Prairie Centre, Expo Arena, 7:30 PM
TRF at East Grand Forks, EGF Civic Center, 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 14, 2008:

Bagley at Walker-H-A, Walker Area C.C., 7:00 PM
Bemidji at Greenway (Coleraine), 7:30 PM
Red Lake Falls at Detroit Lakes, 7:00 PM

Friday, February 15, 2008:

Park Rapids Area at Mora/Hinckley, Mora C.C., 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 16, 2008:

Bagley at Moose Lake, Riverside Arena, 2:00 PM
Detroit Lakes at TRF, Ralph Engelstad Arena, 7:30 PM
Walker-H-A at Mora/Hinckley, Mora C.C., 7:30 PM

Section 8A Final Scores Over The Weekend Of February 8-9, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008:

Park Rapids Area 8, Morris Area/Benson 0

Saturday, February 9, 2008:

Lake of the Woods 5, Eveleth-Gilbert/Mesabi East 0
Red Lake Falls at Wadena-Deer Creek, Cancelled
Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls, PPD
Walker-H-A at Kittson Central, PPD

Friday, February 8, 2008

Updated Section 8A Standings As Of Friday, February 8, 2008

Rank, Overall Record, Section 8A (Points)

T1. Warroad Warriors, 18-6-0, 9-0-0 (18)
T1. Park Rapids Panthers, 22-1-0, 9-1-0 (18)
3. Kittson-Central Wolfpack, 16-8-0, 8-4-0 (16)
T4. Thief River Falls Prowlers, 10-12-0, 6-4-0 (12)
T4. East Grand Forks Green Wave, 9-13-1, 6-4-0 (12)
6. Red Lake Falls Eagles, 6-14-1, 4-9-1 (8)
7. Lake of the Woods Bears, 5-17-1, 3-6-1 (7)
8. Bemidji Lumberjacks, 8-14-0, 3-3-0 (6)
9. Crookston Pirates, 3-20-1, 1-9-1 (3)
10. Bagley Flyers, 1-18-0, 1-6-0 (2)
11. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves, 0-14-0, 0-4-0 (0)

Section 8A Games / Results This Week

Warroad 8, Grand Forks Central (ND) 3
East Grand Forks 4, Detroit Lakes 3
Park Rapids Area 4, Crookston 3 (OT)
Kittson Central 3, Lake of the Woods 2
East Grand Forks 8, Crookston 5
Park Rapids Area 8, Detroit Lakes 0
Roseau 7, Thief River Falls 1
Warroad 4, Bemidji 0

Publishers Note:

Standings don't always reflect the final seeding for the Section 8A Tournament. All Section 8A (coaches) meet during the last week of the regular season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the "Seedings Meeting". The Ralph Engelstad Arena is the host school facility for the 2008 Section 8A Tournament. The event rotates each year with (TRF) Ralph Engelstad Arena, (Warroad) The Gardens Arena and (EGF) Civic Center hosting the events in a tri-year formula.

Section 8A Hockey's Offensive / Defensive / Goaltender Players-of-the-Week Awards

For Immediate Press Release
Friday, February 8, 2008
East Grand Forks, MN:

Section 8A Hockey Announces Offensive / Defensive / Goaltender Players-of-the-Week Awards

By: Timothy Oshie
Publisher / Writer

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the Section 8A Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender Players-of-the-Week, sponsored by the Section 8A Boy's Hockey web site.

EGF's Wikoff; Bagley's Thorson; Warroad's Ravndalen All Earn Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors.

Joey Wikoff, Forward, EGF Green Wave

East Grand Forks Green Wave senior forward, Joey Wikoff, had a fantastic week notching 2 goals and 3 assists. Wikoff, one of EGF's most steady offensive weapons, scored a goal and added an assist in the 6-5 overtime loss to Grand Forks Red River. On Saturday afternoon in Warroad, Joey compiled 1 goal and 1 assist in a late, third period comeback attempt that fell short, 6-4.

Joey has 32 total points on the season through February 4.

Michael Thorson, Forward, Bagley Flyers

Junior Michael Thorson ( 6'1", 185 lbs) posted 2 goals and 2 assists in Bagley's 6-5 come from behind win on Saturday, February 2, 2008, against Wahpeton/Breckenridge. Bagley was down 4-3 starting the third and with 10 minutes left but Thorson helped lead the Flyers back by assisting on Chris Fletchers game tying goal and scoring the game winner with 4 minutes left. His offensive presence was felt throughout the game as he notched 8 shots on goal. Thorson currently has 17 goals and 8 assists for 25 points this year.

Bryce Ravndalen, Forward, Warroad Warriors

Senior captain, Bryce Ravndalen, once again proved why he's so lethal, scoring 10 points in two games versus East Grand Forks and Grand Forks Central. On Saturday afternoon, Ravdalen tallied 2 goals+ 3 assists in the Warriors, 6-4 victory. He then repeated the 5 point outburst on Tuesday, February 5, where he collected 1goal + 4 assists in the 8-3 win over the Central Knights of GrandForks. This is Ravndalen's second selection as Section 8A Player-of-the-Week.

EGF's Kody Vizenor Selected As Section 8A DefensivePlayer-of-the-Week.

Kody Vizenor, Defense, EGF Green Wave

Kody Vizenor, a mainstay on the East Grand Forks blueline, earns Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Vizenor sparked the EGF offense on Saturday afternoon versus the Warroad Warriors at The Gardens Arena. Kody scored 1 goal and added an assist in the third period as EGF mounted a comeback at Warroad. Down 4-0, EGF foughtback to get to 5-4 but Warroad scored an empty netter to seal the win. Vizenor's defensive talents in all game situations against top end caliber teams like Warroad, Grand Forks Red River and Moorhead have earned him this weeks honor. Kody has accrued 3 goals plus 8assists this season for the Green Wave.

Walker/Hackensack/Akeley's Devon Weberg; Kittson Central's ScottLindegard Earn Section 8A Co-Goaltenders-of-the-Week.

Devon Weberg, Goalie, Walker-H-A Ice Wolves

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's goaltender, Devon Weberg, had a great week between the pipes for the Ice Wolves. The senior goalie steered aside 52 of 54 shots in the 3-1 loss to Red Lake Falls, and posted a 96.3 Save % on the night. During the 2008 campaign, Weberg has earned a 88.9 Save % on 650 shots. His Ice Wolves are playing in their inuguaral season in Section 8A and Minnesota High School Hockey.

Scott Lindegard, Goalie, Kittson Central Wolfpack

Kittson Central Wolfpack senior goaltender, Scott Lindegard, is one of the prime reasons KC is near to top of Section 8A standing. Lindegard had 41 saves against Park Rapids last Friday night in the wild 3-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Panthers of ParkRapids. Scott also earned victories over Crookston, a 5-4 overtim eaffair, and a turned aside 25 or 26 shots in the 4-1 win last Saturday afternoon at Wadena-Deer Creek.

Head Coach Scott Younggren proclaims, "He (Lindegard) is a leader with his intense play between the pipes for us."

Lindegard has kept Kittson Central in many games this season and given his Wolfpack a chance to win night in and night out.

Congratulations to Joey Wikoff, Michael Thorson, Bryce Ravndalen, Kody Vizenor, Devon Weberg and Scott Lindegard as Section 8A Players-of-the-Week for the week of January 27 - February 5, 2008.

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is proud to announce the launching of the Section 8A Boy's Hockey blog site:

Please include this Blog Site URL address in your media guides,school web sites or other media outlets within your community.

This site will be the most comprehensive hockey presence for all Section 8A Member Schools (Bagley-Fosston, Bemidji, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Kittson-Central, Lake of the Woods, Park Rapids, RedLake Falls, Thief River Falls, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Warroad).

The site will feature all eleven member schools with schedules,standings, scores, rosters, game recaps, outstanding accomplishments, players-of-the-weeks, links to media stories, photos and links to Minnesota's various other hockey sites.

Please contact Timothy Oshie at for all interesting sporting news, upcoming events or newsworthy feature stories on Section 8A Boy's hockey teams, coaches or players.

Please contact Oshie at (701)330-0883.

Final Section 8A / Minnesota Scores On Thursday, February 7, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Kittson Central 3, Lake of the Woods 2
East Grand Forks 8, Crookston 5
Park Rapids Area 8, Detroit Lakes 0
Roseau 7, Thief River Falls 1
Warroad 4, Bemidji 0

Minnesota Scores:

Academy of Holy Angels 8, Shakopee 0
Anoka 5, Andover 2
Benilde-SM 12, St. Francis 0
Blaine 6, North Metro 1
Blake School 4, Minnehaha Academy 0
Breck School 8, St. Paul Academy/MPA 0
Cambridge-Isanti 9, Becker/BL/M 2
Centennial 11, Coon Rapids 3
Champlin Park 3, Elk River 2 (OT)
Delano/Rockford 6, Minneapolis East 0
Duluth Marshall 12, Ashland (WI) 1
Edina 4, Hopkins 3
Fergus Falls 2, Sartell-St. Stephen 0
Hastings 3, Mounds View 2
Hermantown 12, Duluth Central 0
Hibbing/Chisholm 7, Eveleth-Gilbert/ME 0
Hill-Murray 9, Simley 0
Little Falls 2, Alexandria 1
Mankato West 3, Albert Lea 2 (OT)
Maple Grove 2, Osseo 1
Minnetonka 8, Robb. Armstrong 4
Mora/H-F 1, Pine City/Rush City 0
New Prague 7, Farmington/Randolph 3
New Ulm 9, Marshall 0
Proctor 3, Superior (WI) 2
Providence Academy 4, S.P. Saints 3
Red Wing 3, Northfield 2
Redwood Valley 10, Sleepy Eye
. Century 10, Roch. John Marshall 2
Rochester Mayo 5, Faribault 4
Rogers/Zimmerman 8, St. Michael-Al 2
Silver Bay/CC 5, Ely/T-S/B-E 2
South St. Paul 3, Henry Sibley 0
St. Cloud Apollo 3, Brainerd/P/P 1
St. Cloud Cathedral 6, Litchfield/D-C 2
St. Louis Park 6, Spring Lake Park 2
St. Thomas Academy 14, Richfield 1
Tartan 6, North St. Paul 2
Totino-Grace 7, Robb. Cooper 1
Wadena-Deer Creek 6, Northern Lakes 3
Wayzata 7, Buffalo 1
White Bear Lake 2, Roseville Area 2 (OT-TIE)
Windom Area 2, Luverne 1
Winona 8, Austin 1
Woodbury 2, Cretin-Derham Hall 1 (OT)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Upcoming Section 8A Games This Week(End) / Featuring "Hockey Day In MN / Baudette Bay Classic"

Thursday, February 7, 2008:

Bemidji at Warroad, The Gardens Arena, 7:30 PM
EGF at Crookston, Crookston Civic Arena, 7:30 PM
LOW at Kittson Central, Hallock Ice Arena, 7:00 PM
TRF at Roseau, Roseau Memorial Arena, 7:30 PM

Friday, February 8, 2008:

Park Rapids at Morris Area, Lee C.C., 7:00 PM
Prairie Centre at Bagley, Albert Kaiser Arena, 7:00 PM
Walker-H-A at Mora/Hinckley, Mora Civic Center, 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 9, 2008:

- Hockey Day In Minnesota Presented By FOX Sports NORTH -

BAUDETTE BAY CLASSIC - Outdoors, Baudette, MN

*On FSN!* Eveleth vs. LOW, 10:00 AM
*On FSN!* Blaine vs. Roseau, 1:30 PM
Detroit Lakes at TRF, Ralph Engelstad Arena, 7:30 PM
Red Lake Falls at Wadena-Deer Creek, Wadena C.C., 2:00 PM

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Peoples Choice ..... A Look At UND Fighting Sioux Player, T.J. Oshie

Publisher's Note:

I felt compelled to feature this story tonight when North America is looking at the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Men's hockey team.

Head Coach Dave Hakstol was suspended by UND this week and word spread quickly throughout college hockey. Back in early January, my eldest son, T.J. Oshie, was also suspended by UND Athletic Department for one game versus St. Cloud State University.

My rationale tonight is to give you the other side of T.J. Oshie, the side spoken so eloquently by the Pittsburgh Penguins scout, Chuck "Ole Gringo" Grillo. This article, along with scores of others, never seem to surface when the time is right. I cannot speak on this issue due to the case still being open, yet hope the people understand once the issue is settled.

UND, in my mind, is the finest college institution both academically and athletically in the nation. The Fighting Sioux Hockey program is a "true family" to say the least. Legends like Gordon "Ginny" Christian, John Noah and others come back each weekend to the Ralph Engelstad Arena and cheer on the Fighting Sioux as passionately as when they played for them.

Dave Hakstol is the mentor, coach, motivator and leader to the Fighting Sioux hockey team. His dedication to his athletes, his family, his friends and the University of North Dakota is second to none.

My son, my family, and thousands of others stand united behind the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Hockey Family and Head Coach Dave Hakstol.

Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald

By: Brad Schlossman
Herald Staff Writer

Chuck Grillo has spent 27 years searching for special hockey players.

He's seen guys develop into Mr. Hockey winners, Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners and NHL All-Stars during his long tenure as a Minnesota-based scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Then came his encounter with T.J. Oshie.

"You can watch a lot of hockey and not see someone like him," Grillo said. "I've seen a lot of players, seen a lot of people and met a lot of people. I don't know if I've met any other T.J. Oshies.

"Kids like him don't come along very often. T.J. is unique, and I think the people in Grand Forks can see that."

Indeed, Oshie has a fan following at UND.

It was present long before this summer, when Oshie told St. Louis Blues president John Davidson, general manager Larry Pleau and Hall of Famer Al MacInnes that he wasn't going to sign their near-$1 million offer because he wanted to return to UND.

From nearly his first game with the Sioux, Oshie created a buzz amongst those watching. The Sioux have been filled with superstars and first-round draft picks throughout the years, but Oshie seems to attract a different level of attention.


Section 8A Box Scores On Tuesday, February 5, 2008


First period - 1. EGF, John Grabanski (Joey Wikoff) 16:06

Second period - 2. DL, Ben Magnuson (Tanner Lane, Davis Johnson) 1:09; 3. EGF, Casey Ristau (Michael Lukkason, Zak Aubol) 1:51; 4. DL, Nate Berg (Travis Maristuen, Max Bentley) 4:57; 5. DL, Lane (Ben Osowski) 14:22

Third period - 6. EGF. Jake Useldinger (Macauley Useldinger, Grabanski) 9:46; 7. EGF, Lukkason (Aubol) 13:40

Goalie saves - EGF: Alex Christiansen 2-11-3 - 16; DL: Jake Vavricka 21-10-18 - 49


First period - 1. W, Dane Shaugabay (Bryce Ravndalen, Carson Gray) 3:21; 2. W, Brett Hebel (Brock Nelson) 7:15; 3. GFC, Luke Cieklinski (Jake Plutowski, Danny Ray) 8:58; 4. GFC, Cieklinski (Plutowski, Joel Riopelle) 16:14

Second period - 5. W, Micky Knox (Hebel, Nelson) 2:34; 6. W, Ravndalen (Jeremy Hahn, David Cibulka) 4:23; 7. W, Jon Hellquist (Andy Pelland) 6:02; 8. W, Hahn (Ravndalen, Shaugabay) 8:17; 9. W, Shaugabay (Ravndalen, Hahn) 9:16

Third period - 10. W, Shaugabay (Ravndalen, Hahn) 7:05; 11. GFC, Cieklinski (Plutowski, Ray) 14:38

Goalie saves - GFC: Seth Lang 7-3-x - 10, Derek Fuller x-x-5 - 5; W: Jared Paquin 5-4-5 - 14


First period - 1. C, Brady Langlois (Derek Henre) 4:14; 2. C, Alex Edevold (Zach Mercil) 11:01; 3. C, Alan Mart (Langlois, Luke Biermaier) 16:18

Second period - 4. PR, Zach Lehrke (Colter Hensel, Tucker Coborn) 8:25; 5. PR, Lehrke (Coborn) 13:22; 6. Lehrke (Bill Winkler, Derek Ricke) 14:26

Overtime - 7. PR, Zach Knapp (Coborn, Lehrke) 2:12

Goalie saves - C: Matt Grove 9-13-14-4 - 40; PR: Mark Smith 15-11-15-3 - 44

Final Section 8A / Minnesota Scores On Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Warroad 8, Grand Forks Central (ND) 3
East Grand Forks 4, Detroit Lakes 3
Park Rapids Area 4, Crookston 3 (OT)

Minnesota Scores:

Academy of Holy Angels 5, Hutchinson 0
Albert Lea 8, Rochester John Marshall 0
Alexandria 8, Sartell-St. Stephen 4
Andover 3, Blaine 1
Apple Valley 6, Bloomington Kennedy 2
Austin 5, Mankato East/Loyola 4 (OT)
Benilde-SM's 15, Chisago Lakes Area 0
Brainerd/P/P 11, River Lakes 0
Burnsville 4, Eastview 2
Chaska 5, Lakeville North 2
Duluth Marshall 3, Virginia/MI-B 1
Eden Prairie 1, Bloomington Jefferson 0
Irondale 3, St. Francis 2
Lakeville South 5, Rosemount 3
Little Falls 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1
Mankato West 10, Faribault 2
Mounds View 5, Tartan 3
North Metro 4, Monticello/A/ML 2
Prior Lake 7, Farmington/Randolph 6 (OT)
Rochester Century 5, Winona 2
Rochester Lourdes 3, Simley 1
Rochester Mayo 7, Owatonna 3
Sauk Rapids-Rice 3, S.C. Tech 2
St. Cloud Cathedral 5, Holy Family 4 (OT)
Stillwater 6, Park (Cottage Grove) 0

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Upcoming Section 8A Games For Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Crookston at Park Rapids, Park Rapids C.C., 7:30 PM
Detroit Lakes at EGF, East Grand Forks C.C., 7:30 PM
GF Central (ND) at Warroad, Gardens Arena, 7:30 PM

The George Pelawa Tragedy; A Personal Look Back

By: Timothy Oshie

When I think back to my collegiate days and my journey back to Minnesota in 1986, I'm reminded each day how precious life is.

I was a Bemidji State University basketball junior college recruit coming via Everett Community College in Washington. It was in late August of '86, that I had the distinct opportunity to meet a gentleman by the name of George Pelawa.

We played golf together in an Native American Tournament near Bemidji. I can vividly remember his massive frame yet a very soft spoken young man. We had a chance to catch up on life and he told me he was excited to attend and play hockey for the University of North Dakota in a couple weeks.

That vision and opportunity never happened. George Pelawa was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Labor Day Weekend of 1986.

I can remember the Cass Lake / Bemidji communities mourning this special young man. I remember how the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and it's members were so devastated by the loss of this incredible young man. It was a very sad day for Native America as one its fine young members with lofty dreams and such a great heart was taken from Mother Earth.

Here are some of the google searches I found on George Pelawa this morning:

Almost 21 years ago (Labor Day Weekend), the Flames lost 1st rounder George Pelawa in a car accident. He was a day or two away from starting his freshman year at UND. He was 6'3" 240 lbs, 3 sport athlete; was named Mr. Hockey among all MN high school players his draft year.

The Flames still have a scholarship in his name at Bemidji High School.

A Song Dedicated To George Pelawa written by his father:

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider: This one still gives me chills. In 1986, the Calgary Flames drafted George Pelawa 16th overall. He was a prospect that had size to go with a scoring prowess. He was playing in the U.S. collegiate circles and was killed in a highway collision. The story is told from the fathers point of view. No hockey Dad can distance themselves from the lyric "My boy's gonna play in the big league/ my boy's gonna knock 'em dead" without feeling it's sting. It is a true Canadian tale that ends when "Ice meets metal/In the wrong lane to the big league".

Cochrane's broken hearted "Aaaah aha" wail makes one's neck hair stand on end. The truest of Canadian classics.

From Archives:

Big George Pelawa was a team mate of mine at Bemidji High School in football, he was a 3 sport athletic star. George played linebacker in football and could affect a game by himself.

George could have been a Division 1 athlete in Football, Baseball and Hockey. He was that gifted.
I would have loved to seen him in a Fighting Sioux uniform. Unforunately returning from a gathering in his hometown late one night before his freshman season, he was killed in a car crash. What an awesome guy. It still makes me sad to this day to think about it...

George Pelawa was a NHL 1st Round Draft Choice of the Calgary Flames (16th overall) in the summer of 1986 and was entering his Freshman season at the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Updated Section 8A League Standings As Of Monday, February 4, 2008

Rank, Overall Record, Section 8A (Points)

T1. Warroad Warriors, 16-6-0, 8-0-0 (16)
T1. Park Rapids Panthers, 20-1-0, 8-1-0 (16)
3. Kittson-Central Wolfpack, 15-8-0, 7-4-0 (14)
4. Thief River Falls Prowlers, 10-11-0, 6-4-0 (12)
5. East Grand Forks Green Wave, 8-13-1, 5-4-0 (10)
6. Red Lake Falls Eagles, 6-14-1, 4-9-1 (8)
7. Lake of the Woods Bears, 5-16-1, 3-5-1 (7)
8. Bemidji Lumberjacks, 8-13-0, 3-2-0 (6)
9. Crookston Pirates, 3-18-1, 1-7-1 (3)
10. Bagley Flyers, 1-18-0, 1-6-0 (2)
11. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves, 0-14-0, 0-4-0 (0)

Publishers Note:

Standings don't always reflect the final seeding for the Section 8A Tournament. All Section 8A (coaches) meet during the last week of the regular season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the "Seedings Meeting". The Ralph Engelstad Arena is the host school facility for the 2008 Section 8A Tournament. The event rotates each year with (TRF) Ralph Engelstad Arena, (Warroad) The Gardens Arena and (EGF) Civic Center hosting the events in a tri-year formula.

Box Scores From Saturday, February 2, 2008 Section 8A Hockey Games


Second period - 1. KC, Lucas Dahl (Nick Lindegard) 9:58; 2. KC, Jack Deere 6:51; 3. KC, Ryan Johnson (Lindegard) 2:46; 4. KC, Tyler Berg (Aaron Younggren) 0:48

Third period - 5. W, Dahl (Jones) 13:17

Goalie saves - KC, Scott Lindegard 6-13-7 - 26; W-DC, Mueller 9-10-11 - 30


First period - 1. TRF, Tyler Aandal (Lucas Dillon, Aaron Langan) 8:08

Second period - 2. LOW, Joncarlo Westerland (Danny Usiski) :17; 3. LOW, Cody Hasbargan (Westerland) :39; 4. TRF, Kent Peterson (Aandal, Spencer Johnson) 9:35;

Third period - 5. LOW, Usiski (unassisted) 4:31; 6. TRF, Johnson (Matt Lindquist, Jesse Castle) 9:17; 7. TRF, Peterson (Brady Meunier) 10:01

Goalie saves - TRF: Zane Gothberg 6-7-5 - 18; LOW: Alex Lyon 16-17-16 - 51


First period - 1. BC, Dan Kovar (Jordan Hoerner, Joey Paulus) 7:22; 2. C, Taylor Terpstra 8:51; 3. C, Cody Holtman (Alan Mart, Brady Langlois) 10:02; 4. BC, Joey Paulus 15:43

Second period - 5. C, Zach Mercil (Alex Prudhomme); 6. BC, Joey Paulus (Austin Schwab) 2:01; 7. C, Morgan Terpstra (Luke Biermaier) 3:40; 8. C, Morgan Terpstra (Taylor Terpstra) 15:23; 9. C, Jarrett Butenhoff (Morgan Terpstra, Zach Mercil) 16:53

Third period - 10. BC, Jordan Hoerner (Dan Kovar, Logan Rauhauser) 3:09; 11. C, Zach Mercil (Ryan Wagner, Alex Edevold) 10:58

Goalie saves - C: Matt Grove 12-9-6 - 25; BC: Ryand Kiser 10-5-X - 15; BC, Cam Knutson X-X-11-11


First period - 1. W, Andy Pelland (Michael Pieper, Micky Knox) 11:39

Second period - 2. W, Bryce Ravndalen (Dane Shaugabay) :27

Third period - 3. W, Knox (Shaugabay, Ravndalen) :45; 4. W, Shaugabay (Ravndalen, Knox) 1:16; 5. EGF, Kody Vizenor 6:40; 6. EGF, John Grabanski (Joey Wikoff, Vizenor) 8:10; 7. W, Jeremy Hahn 8:55; 8. EGF, Zak Aubol (Henry Gutierrez, Vizenor) 12:51; 9. EGF, Wikoff (Nick Ohman) 15:52; 10. W, Ravndalen 16:09

Goalie saves - EGF: Alex Christiansen 14-13-6 - 33; W: Garrett Corneliusen 5-9-4 - 24

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Final Scores Section 8A / Minnesota On Saturday, February 2, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Warroad 6, East Grand Forks 4
Crookston 7, Bismarck Century (ND) 4
St. Cloud Tech 5, Bemidji 0
Thief River Falls 4, Lake of the Woods 3

Minnesota Scores:

Albert Lea 10, Marshall 0
Anoka 3, Blaine 2 (OT)
Benilde-SM 6, St. Louis Park 1
Bismarck High (ND) 4, Detroit Lakes 1
Bloomington Jefferson 2, Eagan 0
Breck School 9, St. Paul Saints 0
Buffalo 3, Robbinsdale Armstrong 2
Burnsville 3, Eden Prairie 1
Cloquet/E/C 4, Duluth Denfeld 3
Cretin-Derham Hall 8, Park (CG) 4
Duluth Central 6, Eveleth-Gilbert/ME 5 (OT)
Duluth East 3, Apple Valley 0
Edina 8, Wayzata 5
Elk River 4, Coon Rapids 1
Hayward (WI) 7, Silver Bay/CC 0
Henry Sibley 3, Tartan 2
Hill-Murray 9, Richfield 1
Irondale 7, Robbinsdale Cooper 4
Litchfield/D-C 5, River Lakes 0
Maple Grove 5, North Metro 3
Mankato West 11, Winona 3
Mpls East 7, Dodge County 6 (OT)
Minneapolis West 5, S.P. Como Park 1
Minnehaha Academy 5, S.P. Academy 0
Minnetonka 3, Hopkins 1
Moorhead 6, Centennial 5 (OT)
Mound-Westonka 3, Holy Family Catholic 1
North. Lakes 6, Far Shanley (ND) 6 (OT-TIE)
Osseo 4, Andover 0
Pine City/RC 6, Becker/BL/M 2
Providence Academy 3, Blake School 1
Redwood Valley 5, Fairmont 2
Rochester Lourdes 7, Faribault 1
Roseau 7, Brainerd/P/P 0
Rosemount 5, Chaska 1
Roseville Area 3, Forest Lake 2 (OT)
Sauk Rapids-Rice 10, Princeton 1
Shakopee 4, Prior Lake 1
Shattuck-St. Mary's 7, Acad. of Holy Angels 2
Simley 3, North St. Paul 3 (OT-TIE)
South St. Paul 5, Owatonna 1
Spring Lake Park 9, St. Francis 1
St. Cloud Cathedral 4, Delano/Rockford 1
St. Paul Johnson 4, Two Harbors 2
St. Thomas Academy 3, Mahtomedi 2
Totino-Grace 11, Chisago Lakes Area 2
Woodbury 6, Hastings 0

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Kittson Central Knocks Off Previously Undefeated Park Rapids, 3-2; Move Into 1st Place Tie

By: Timothy Oshie

The Kittson Central Wolfpack is making believers out of Section 8A.

Coming off several big wins the last couple weeks, and a decisive 8-0 lopsided loss to East Grand Forks, the boys from Hallock were thinking upset last night at the Park Rapids Community Center. After making the 212 mile trek south to Park Rapids, the Wolfpack prepared to take on the Panthers in front of a packed, mostly Panthers crowd. Park Rapids was one of only two undefeated teams in Minnesota (Roseau 20-0-0) as of February 1, 2008.

Now, there is only one.

Playing inspired hockey from the get-g0, Kittson Central mounted a 2-0 lead before Park Rapids cut that lead in half. KC then extended the lead to 3-1 before the Panthers made it 3-2. The victory was fitting for the late-surging KC Wolfpack. The win over Park Rapids avenged a 6-1 loss back on January 5th in Hallock.

The Wolfpack fought off four, third period penalties to secure the upset of the season in Section 8A.

With the win, Kittson Central moves into a three-way log jam with Warroad and Park Rapids with each team garnering 14 points.

KC travels to Wadena-Deer Creek this afternoon for a 3 p.m. tilt while Warroad hosts the EGF Green Wave at The Gardens Arena.

Final Section 8A / Minnesota Scores On Friday, February 1, 2008

Section 8A Scores:

Kittson Central 3, Park Rapids Area 2
Red Lake Falls 3, Walker-H-A 1
Bismarck Century (ND) 6, Crookston 3

Minnesota Scores:

Benilde-SM 2, Shattuck-St. Mary's 1
International Falls 11, Silver Bay/CC 3
LeSueur-Henderson/SP/L 5, Fairmont 2
Owatonna 9, Rochester JM 1
Roseau 4, St. Cloud Tech 1
Virginia/MI-B 4, Greenway 2

Friday, February 1, 2008

Warroad Warrior's Tai Larson Selected As The Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week

For Immediate Press Release
Friday, February 1, 2008
East Grand Forks, MN:

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the week ending January 28, 2008.

Warroad Warrior's junior defenseman, Tai Larson, has been selected as the Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Larson, a steady on the Warroad defensive unit, has emerged as a solid performer from the blueline.Tai currently sits at 4g + 9a for (13) points in 20 games for Warroad. He provided the tying goal in "The Gardens Miracle" last Friday night as he slipped a shot past Duluth Marshall's goaltender as time was expiring to push the game to overtime after Warroad scored two goals in the final :16.

Warroad's Dane Shaugabay scored a shorthanded game just 1:14 into the OT to finish one of Warroad High Schools most miraculous comebacks of all time. Larson's goal was directly after a face-off in the Hilltopper's zone and will remembered as the goal that brought fans back to their seats after warming up the cars in the frigid Lake of the Woods air last Friday.

The victory was a sweet one for Warroad as Duluth Marshall came in as the #1 ranked team in Minnesota Class "A".

Congratulations to Warroad's, Tai Larson, as the Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Kittson Central's Lukas Dahl Selected As Section 8A Offensive Player-of-the-Week

For Immediate Press Release
Friday, February 1, 2008
East Grand Forks, MN:

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the Section 8A Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the week ending January 28, 2008.

Lukas Dahl, of the Kittson Central Wolfpack, has been selected as the Section 8A Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Dahl, feared by many opponents with his size (6'1, 205 lbs), has opened scouts eyes in the state of Minnesota with his physicality and great offensive prowess.

Lukas notched a 5-point game back on January 22, 2008, in a 12-0 win over Bagley-Fosston. Dahl had a 2g + 3a night versus the Flyers. Last week against Crookston, Dahl once again provided the spark with two points on the evening (1g + 1a) in the 5-4 thriller over the Pirates.

On January 26, Dahl showcased his physical presence leading the Wolfpack to a come-back, 4-3 victory over Fargo Shanley High of North Dakota. Lukas scored one and contibuted a helper in the victory.

Dahl now has 34 points in 19 games for Head Coach Scott Younggren's squad that has gone 12-5-0 during the last 17 games after a 1-3-0 start to the season for a 13-8-0 overall record.

Also nominated:

Kittson Central's Craig Lindegard (34 points) and Kellen Albrecht (33 points).

Updated Section 8A League Standings As Of Friday, February 1, 2008

Rank, Overall Record, Section 8A (Points)

T1. Park Rapids Panthers, 20-0-0, 7-0-0 (14)
T1. Warroad Warriors, 15-6-0, 7-0-0 (14)
3. Kittson-Central Wolfpack, 13-8-0, 6-4-0 (12)
T4. East Grand Forks Green Wave, 8-12-1, 5-3-0 (10)
T4. Thief River Falls Prowlers, 9-11-0, 5-4-0 (10)
6. Lake of the Woods Bears, 5-15-1, 3-4-1 (7)
T7. Bemidji Lumberjacks, 8-12-0, 3-2-0 (6)
T7. Red Lake Falls Eagles, 5-15-1, 3-11-0 (6)
9. Crookston Pirates, 2-17-1, 1-7-1 (3)
10. Bagley Flyers, 1-18-0, 1-7-0 (2)
11. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves, 0-13-0, 0-3-0 (0)

Publishers Note:

Standings don't always reflect the final seeding for the Section 8A Tournament. All Section 8A (coaches) meet during the last week of the regular season at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls for the "Seedings Meeting". The Ralph Engelstad Arena is the host school facility for the 2008 Section 8A Tournament. The event rotates each year with (TRF) Ralph Engelstad Arena, (Warroad) The Gardens Arena and (EGF) Civic Center hosting the events in a tri-year formula.