Monday, February 25, 2008

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.

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