Warroad’s Karlee Kalbrener faces off against Lakeville North’s Addie Bowlby in Lakeville North’s 4-3 win over the Lady Warriors. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

Lakeville North, Wayzata and Warroad earn Hockey Day victories


Girls Hockey: No. 7AA Lakeville North 4, No. 5A Warroad 3

            The opening game at Hockey Day Minnesota featured two top-ten teams in their respective classes. The host team was the No. 5A Warroad Warriors and the visiting Lakeville North Panthers, ranked No. 7 in Class AA. Warroad struck first early in the game when Kaiya Sandy found Taylor Reese open on the backdoor for a 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later, Lakeville North tied the game at 1-1 when Gracie Hanson threaded a needle to Addie Bowlby in front of the net and Bowlby buried her 35th goal of the season. The score was tied 1-1 after the first period.

The second period opened with a Bowlby to Hanson goal as the Panthers took a 2-1 lead. Later in the middle frame, Ashley Wagenbach took a slapshot from the point that got tipped in front and slipped by Warroads Payton Rolli, and the Panthers held a 3-1 lead. The two-goal lead lasted late into the second period, but Reese got the Warriors back within one with her second goal of the game. Reese’s goal came with just 13 seconds remaining in the middle frame. The final frame featured another goal from Lakeville North when Anna Tomas gave the Panthers some insurance. Warroad’s forward Reese completed her great performance with a hat trick. Reese’s incredible performance wasn’t enough for the Lady Warriors to overcome one od the top AA teams in the state as Lakeville North skated away with a Hockey Day Minnesota 4-3 win.

Lakeville North’s Ashley Wagenbach fires a shot through traffic at Warroad goalie Payton Rolli in Lakeville’s 4-3 win. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE
Taylor Reese celebrates one of her three goals in Saturday’s game against Lakeville North. Reese had all three Warroad goals and now has 12 on the season. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

Boys Hockey: No. 2AA Wayzata 5, Moorhead 2

Wayzata’s Ryhs Wallin gets the angle on a Moorhead defender in Wayzata’s 5-2 win over the Spuds at Hockey Day MN 2024 in Warroad. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

            Section 6AA Wayzata came into Hockey Day Minnesota with only one loss on the year, which occurred on Thursday, Jan. 25 against No. 3AA Edina. The Trojans took on Section 8AA Moorehead in the second game of Hockey Day Minnesota. In the first period, the only thing more on fire than their jerseys was their offense. Finn De St Hubert scored on a shot from the high slot and got Wayzata on top 1-0 after the first period. The Trojans outshot the Spuds 12-4 after the opening period. The second period was all Wayzata again, getting goals from Jake Mattson and Brooks Gengler as the Trojans held a 3-0 lead after two periods. Wayzata also led big in shots after two,  28-9 over Moorhead.

The Spuds finally got on the scoreboard in the third period when Brooks Cullen scored. Cullen’s goal is fitting, with his dad and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Matt Cullen dropping the memorial puck drop before the game. Cullen also scored just like his dad did with the Wild in 2016 during the Outdoor Stadium Series game. Eli Molde followed Cullen’s goal with a Wayzata goal to increase their lead to 4-1. Mason Kraft found twine for Moorhead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the game, making it 4-2. The Spuds’ comeback fell short when Cade De St Hubert scored an empty net goal for Wayzata and completed the Trojans’ 5-2 Hockey Day Minnesota victory.

Moorhead’s Carver Hasbargen heads up ice against Wayzata in Saturday’s Boys Class AA match up that saw the Trojans defeat the Spuds 5-2. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

No. 1A Warroad 6, Roseau 2

Two of the states top seniors — Warroad’s Carson pilgrim, and Roseau’s Noah Urness — face off at Hockey Day MN 2024. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE

            The buzz was at its highest when the most historic rivalry in Minnesota hockey history commenced for Hockey Day Minnesota’s nightcap between Roseau and Warroad. The energy inside the event was immaculate, with Warroad and Roseau fans filling the stands, making for an unforgettable environment.

            The Warriors got Hockeytown USA on their feet early, scoring one minute into the game. The goal was from Taven James, assisted by the University of North Dakota commit Carson Pilgrim. Just two minutes later Draydin Johnson got Warroad up 2-0 with a wrist shot from the slot. Warroad’s  late period dominance gave them a 15-6 shot advantage after one. In the second period, it was a much more even pace, but Warroad was the lone team to find the back of the net. Dominic Anthony scored at the 8:14 mark of the middle frame, adding to the Warriors lead. Shots in the period were in favor of the Rams, 10-8. The third period started with Roseau finally getting on the board with a goal from Alex Ballard. Roseau got within two at 3-1. Just over 10 minutes into the third period, James scored his second goal for Warroad to give them a 4-1 lead. Murray Marvin-Cordes added to Warroad’s demanding lead just two minutes later. Jake Halvorson gave the Rams some late-game hope scoring his 22nd goal, but James completed his hat trick for Warroad with the empty net and the Warriors skated away with a 6-2 win.

One of the most special things about Hockey Day Minnesota 2024 in Warroad was both host teams had a player score a hat trick. (Taylor Reese and Taven James).

There was plenty of reason to celebrate if you were a Warroad Warrior fan or player Saturday. LPH PHOTO BY JACKSON BOLINE