Thursday, January 10, 2008

Roseau Wins 152nd Meeting In Rivalry; Clips Warroad 5-2 On FOX North

By: Timothy Oshie (Publisher)

It was the 152nd meeting of these two colossal high school hockey programs. And in the end, the Roseau Rams had the early season bragging rights, again.

Roseau continued their undefeated season this time at the hands of the Warroad Warriors. The Rams displayed a balanced attacked and utilized five different goal scorers to garner the 5-2 victory.

The Rams had the early edge as Warroad adapted to the fast pace of play. Trevor George scored on a nifty back door pass from Cole Kostrzewski on Roseau's initial goal. Dustin Moser was the recipient of another crafty back door pass play from Ben Moser and Roseau carried the 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. Rams junior Aaron Ness added helpers on both, first period goals.

Roseau kept pressuring Warroad all over the ice and in the second stanza and the Rams were rewarded for the efforts. Nick Oliver and Tyler Landman each lit the lamp to give Roseau an insurmountable 4-0 cushion heading into the third period.

Warroad showed a feisty attack in the final, four minutes of play with power-play goals by Jeremy Hahn and Dane Shaugabay. But Ben Nelson blocked a Tai Larson shot and raced down the right wing and deposited an empty netter to round out the scoring with 1:11 left.

Mike Lee, who moved to 11-0-0 on the season and 23-0-0 in his career, was stellar in the pipes for Roseau while Warroad net minders Garrett Corneliusen and Jared Paquin shared duties. Corneliusen garnered the loss giving up four Roseau goals while Paquin looked very composed shutting the door on Roseau until the empty netter.

Roseau moved to 12-0-0 while the Warriors are now 10-4-0. Roseau now has the upper hand in the Mariucci Conference with wins over Moorhead and Warroad.

Anthony LaPanta and Kevin Gorg delivered a high powered broadcast from various locations in the Roseau Memorial Arena. FOX Sports utilized a Robo-Camera system since the old Memorial Arena isn't exactly television camera friendly. The broadcast was carried by the FOX Sports affiliates and was seen as far as the Middle East.

Hats off the FOX Sports for producing segments of nostalgia of Warroad (Henry Boucha feature) and Roseau (snapshots of the towns historical sites).

Boxscore Courtesy of Roseau Rams Web Site:

Warroad (10-4) vs. Roseau (12-0)
Date: Jan 9,2008
Location: Roseau, MN
Arena: Memorial Arena

1. 1st, 10:05, ROS, EVEN, Trevor George/3 Assists (Cole Kostrzewski, Aaron Ness)
2. 1st, 16:27, ROS, PPG, Dustin Moser/10 Assists (Aaron Ness, Ben Nelson)

3. 2nd 00:48, ROS, EVEN, Nick Oliver/10 Assists (Mike Koenig, Jason Fabian)
4. 2nd, 07:08, ROS, EVEN, Tyler Landman/9 Unassisted

5. 3rd, 13:32, WAR, PPG, Jeremy Hahn/7 Assist (Bryce Ravndalen)
6. 3rd, 14:29, WAR, PPG, Dane Shaugabay/4 Assists (Bryce Ravndalen, Jeremy Hahn)
7. 3rd, 15:49, ROS, ENG, Ben Nelson/9 Assist (Ryan Weston)

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