Courtesy of Grand Forks Herald:
By: Kevin Fee, Staff Writer
ST. PAUL — Warroad had strong incentive in the third-place game at the Minnesota state Class A boys hockey tournament.
The Warriors wanted to end the season with a win, and they also wanted to top last year’s fourth-place state finish.
Dane Shaugabay scored in overtime to lift Warroad to a 2-1 victory against St. Cloud Cathedral in the tournament’s third-place game Saturday morning in the Xcel Energy Center.
Shaugabay’s goal came at 3 minutes, 38 seconds. The junior tipped a teammate’s shot from the point through the legs of Cathedral goaltender Nick Maiers.
Warroad ended its season at 24-7. St. Cloud Cathedral finished at 23-7-1.
Cathedral thought the game-winner might have been knocked in with a high stick. But the officials thought otherwise.
“From what I could see it wasn’t a high stick,” Warroad co-coach Bruce Olson said. “They thought it was a high stick. It looked like it was right even with his waist.”
Shaugabay has a nose for the net.
“I just kind of tipped it, and it went through the goalie’s five-hole,” Shaugabay said.
The teams traded second-period goals to set up the finish.
Bryce Ravndalen scored for the Warriors just 55 seconds into the second on a power play. Then T.J. Poganski tied it at 5:52 on an unassisted goal.
“We started a little slow, but as the game went on I think we got better and better,” Shaugabay said.
Senior Garrett Corneliusen received the start in goal for Warroad after Jared Paquin played the first two games. Corneliusen was solid, making 16 saves.
Maiers finished with 19 stops.
Olson was pleased his team’s performance at state.
“We played three very good games,” he said. “I think we represented Section 8A quite well.”
Ravndalen was named to the all-tournament team and also won the Class A Herb Brooks Award. It goes to the player in the tournament who possesses all the characteristics, values and traits that exemplify those of the late Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team to a gold medal in 1980.
Warroad’s Mark McDonald also made the all-tournament team.
Cathedral 1, OT
Key play: Dane Shaugabay’s game-winning goal.
Key player: Bryce Ravndalen, 1 goal.