Warroad stays hot after win over Fergus Falls
No. 2A Warroad 5, Fergus Falls 0
Warroad made the trip to Fergus Falls on Friday evening for a Class A clash. The Warriors didn’t take long to get on the board as Taven James scored just 46 seconds into the first period. In his junior season, James has 10 goals and 16 assists through 13 games. Over halfway into the period, University of North Dakota commit Carson Pilgrim was open in the slot to put home his 15th goal of the season for the Warriors. Warroad scored their third goal of the opening frame when Draydin Johnson put the Warriors up 3-0 off a rebound shot by Ryan Lund. Otters goalie Ryan Nelson did all he could to minimize Warroad’s scoring, stopping 12 shots in the first period. In the second period Nelson was perfect, stopping all 15 shots he faced, including three breakaway attempts by Warroad. It took just about halfway through the third period for the Warriors to score again, this time Ryan Lund was able to extend Warroad’s lead. Lund is another Warroad player amid a great season with 11 goals and 12 assists in 13 games. Warroad was up 4-0, but they weren’t done scoring, as Murray Marvin-Cordes scored his 10th goal of the season, putting the Warriors up 5-0. After four points from Pilgrim (1g, 3a) and a 12-save shutout by Ben Norris the Warriors skated to a 5-0 win. Warroad’s James added a goal and assist, Broden Hontvet had three assists, and Lund had a goal and assist. Fergus Falls’ Nelson was busy in net, stopping 37 shots on 42 attempts. Warroad improved to 11-2-0 on the season and will head to Detroit Lakes on Saturday for a big Section 8A matchup.
Gentry Academy 6, No. 18AA Academy of Holy Angels 3
Gentry Academy’s Justin O’Brochta lit the lamp first at the 5:02 mark of the opening period, but Holy Angels answered with two goals of their own, the second at the 8:27 mark. Just seconds later, the Stars tied the game back up at 2-2 after Eli Bailey scored his seventh goal of the year. The second period had both teams scoring, first, it was the Holy Angels Stars, then it was O’Brochta again deadlocking the game at 3-3. The final period was all Gentry, with Bailey’s second goal of the game, followed by goals from Krews Harper and Ryder Betzold giving Gentry Academy a big 6-3 win against a ranked opponent. Gentry Academy improves to 12-3-0 on the season while Holy Angels falls to 8-3-1, with No. 5A East Grand Forks next on the schedule on Friday.
No. 9A Monticello 6, Cambridge-Isanti 4
Roman Thompson netted a natural hat trick in the first period for Monticello which gave the Moose a 3-0 lead over Cambridge-Isanti after the first period. Thompson is having a senior season to remember, sitting with 17-15-32 through 12 games. Cambridge-Isanti scored twice in the second period from Josh Sauro and Sean Brown, but with another goal from Monticello by Landen Scherber the Moose took a 4-2 lead into the third. The third period featured four goals between the two teams, first by C-I from Seth Terhell, then Monticello responded with a Caleb Biard goal. Cambridge-Isanti had a response of their own as Brown got another goal, but after yet another Monticello response goal, this time by Micah Sieben took down Cambridge-Isanti 6-4. Monticello’s Thompson led the team with four points (3g, 1a), and CI’s Terhell also had four points (1g, 3a).
No. 16A Little Falls 1, Hutchinson 0
Carter Oothoudt was the game’s lone goal scorer after he netted his ninth goal of the year for Little Falls. The Flyers flew away with a 1-0 win over Hutchinson, after a 20-save shutout by Little Falls’ Izaak Kalis. Hutchinson’s Lukas Heilman had a busy and good day in net for the Tigers, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Luke Avery had the Flyers assist on the Oothoudt goal in the first period.
Lake of the Woods 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 1
WDC traveled north for a date with Lake of the Woods and in a low-scoring affair the Panthers got two third-period goals from Jordan Kervanen and Elijah Swanson to take down the Wolverines 3-1. Kervanen had two goals and an assist for the Panthers, they also got assists from Sawyer Stromlund, and two from Randy Wood. WDC’s Milo Rinio was the game’s first goal scorer, and Nicholas Wright had the assist.
Bagley/Fosston 4, Ely 2
Cole Johnson scored two first-period goals for Bagley/Fosston proving too much for Ely to overcome, as the Flyers skate to a 4-2 win over Ely. Gage Gunderson and Dakotah Erickson were the other goal-scorers for the Flyers. Connor Nelson had two assists, while Logan Dillich had one helper for Bagley/Fosston. Flyers goalie Kyle Johnson stopped 39 of 41 in net. Wes Sandy and Deegan Richards both scored for Ely.
Becker/Big Lake 6, Windom 5
After a scoreless first period, Brayden Graning netted three en route to the Eagles 6-5 overtime win. Jase Tobako and Hayden Kipka scored for Becker/Big Lake and the overtime winner was scored by Tate Spilde. Wriley Haugen, Karson LaCanne, Sonny Heil, and Landon Pillatzki all scored for Windom.
Roseau 4, St. Michael-Albertville 2
Roseau made a trip south to take on St. Michael-Albertville in a pivotal Section 8AA battle. After a Levi Antoine goal for the Knights, STMA took a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. Roseau scored two unanswered goals in the second period, with Jake Halvorson and James Jacques taking the lead 2-1. Jude Wittrock scored on his first shift of the third period for Roseau, but Tanner Esterberg got the Knights back into the game 3-2. Rousseau’s Noah Urness scored the dagger for the Rams to secure a big Section 8AA 4-2 win over STMA.
Princeton 5, Pine City Area 0
Princeton played host to Pine City Area in an important Section 5A tilt. Aaron Rootkie had 10 saves and Liam Dufner had 12 saves in the first period as both goalies were perfect through one. Lane Olson and Brody Kok both scored for Princeton in the second period, giving the Tigers momentum that took them into the final period. Princeton got three third-period goals from Christopher Eli, Niko Bratulich and another goal by Olson. The Tigers took down Pine City Area 5-0 in a pivotal Section win. Dufner was the star of the game, stopping all 38 shots he faced to earn his first shutout this year.
And that’s a TIGER WIN 👏🏼
A shutout performance by Dufner and the Tigers go to 6-4 on the season!
Princeton Tigers 🐅 – 39
Pine City Dragons 🐉 – 38
— PrincetonBoysHockey (@PrincetonBH) January 6, 2024
Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 6, Prairie Centre 5
After a scoreless first period, Prairie Centre and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato erupted for six total goals in the middle period. The North Stars got goals from Leyton Fuchs, Zac Bick, and Derek Lopez, and the Dragons’ goal scorers were Ethan Tolkkinen, Ned Witt, and Anton Haataja. The third period featured Prairie Centre scoring two goals, one from Eli Warring, and Bick netted another, while LDC also scored two, one from Carson Brummond and another from Haataja. After three periods the score was deadlocked at 5-5, as both teams headed to overtime, where Haataja completed his hat trick and gave the Dragons a 6-5 overtime win.
Mora/Milaca 3, Moose Lake Area 1
Mora/Milaca got the only first-period goal from Charlie Kritzeck, and Trenton Fore scored in the second which gave Mora/Milaca a 2-0 lead in the third period. Mora/Milaca got another goal, this time from Ethan Abel. Moose Lake Area’s lone goal scorer was Dalton Slama, as Mora/Milaca skated away with a 3-1 win over Moose Lake Area.