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