Wednesday, March 5, 2008

LIVE BLOG FROM XCEL ENERGY CENTER IN ST. PAUL: Warroad Dominates Litchfield, Earns 4-0 Victory To Advance To Semi's vs. Duluth Marshall


By: Timothy Oshie

Warroad, who has won Class A titles in 1994, 1996, 2003 and 2005, looked like a veteran, tournament-tested team on this day as they dominated from start to finish.

The Warriors held a 3-0 lead coming into the final period and extended that to 4-0 on a rebound goal by sophomore, Brock Nelson. It was Nelson' 14th goal on the season and first in the state tournament. Pieper and Knox each picked up an assist to give them a pair of helpers.

Warroad displayed a "Warrior style" type of defense once again that the state tournament committee has came to love. In the last five appearances, Warroad has only given up (5) goals in the last five quarter-final games ('03 4-1 over Fergus Falls; '04 1-2 OT loss to Orono; '05 6-1 over Albert Lea; '07 3-1 over Albert Lea; '08 4-0 over Litchfield/D-C).

For Warroad, making their 19th appearance in the winter classic builds it's character with team defense.Senior goaltender Jared Paquin, steered aside all 10 shots and earned his 17th win on the season (17-3-0). He now has 5 shut-outs in the last 6 games.

Warroad peppered Lucas Johnson with 39 shots.Warroad will face the Marshall School Hilltoppers of Duluth in the Class A semi-finals on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

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