Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Warroad Wins Eighth Straight In 3-0 Shut Out Over Crookston .. Photo / Feature Courtesy Of Minnesota Hockey Hub

Warriors turn up the defensive intensity
By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA
This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.

Heading into mid-December, powerful Warroad was in an unusual position. The Warriors had lost four straight games to fall below .500 (3-4-0), a benchmark not common in Warroad varsity hockey. The team was struggling to score goals, with back-to-back shutout losses at the hands of Bemidji and East Grand Forks.

That’s when Warroad turned up the defense.

Since that point, the Warriors have ripped off eight straight victories, the latest a 3-0 shutout of host Crookston Saturday night at the shiny Crookston Sports Center.

“It’s a skill just like stickhandling and passing the puck, preparing yourself for a game mentally,” said coach Albert Hasbargen. “We have some young guys who are learning that and some old guys who had to find it again.”

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