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.


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