Warroad gives New Ulm no chance at an upset with an 8-1 win

Warriors celebrate their way into the Semifinal round.

The Warroad Warriors are making their third straight state tournament appearance, and are back to back-runner ups. The second-seed Warriors have their eyes set on one thing: finishing the job. 

Warroad got a good start to their trek back to the title game with a dominating 8-1 win over New Ulm. They got two goals from two players, Carson Pilgrim, and Dominic Anthony, While Murray Marvin-Cordes netted a state tourney hat trick. 

The first period started fairly even, with both teams getting slow starts to the game. Warroad led 2-0 in shots with over 11 minutes remaining in the first period before the Eagles finally got their first puck on net. The Eagles had the game’s first really good look, but Ben Norris came up big in the net on a point-blank shot by Austin Uecker. 

It took up until 5:40 remaining in the first period for Warroad to finally break through for a goal. Murray Marvin-Cordes showed his skill with the puck, moving into the slot and putting it top-shelf with the backhand to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead, a lead they held onto after one period. 

The second period is where the Warriors just took over. It started 15 seconds into the game when Carson Pilgrim found his way to the circle and sniped it under the blocker of Byrer Hoffmann. Marvin-Cordes then netted his second of the game on a 3-on-1 deciding to fire it, and it made the score 3-0 with 11:33 left in the middle frame. The Warriors strung together three more goals in the period, including a lacrosse-style goal by Dominic Anthony who made it 4-0 at the time. Ryan Lund scored off a shot from Peyton Sutherland who extended the Warriors’ lead. Pilgrim added another goal late in the period to give Warroad a dominant 6-0 lead after two periods. 

Ryan Lund scored his 19th goal of the season in the Warriors win.

With a six-goal lead, the Warriors head into the third period with running time. Warriors didn’t take their foot off the pedal as they added another goal, and Anthony netted his second of the game, to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead with over half the third period to play. The Eagles finally got a break when Talan Helget scored New Ulm’s first goal of the game, sneaking it over Norris. The Eagles couldn’t celebrate too long as Marvin-Cordes scored a state tourney hat trick, this time short-handed to give the Warriors an 8-1 lead. Warroad held onto the lead and took down New Ulm in the state quarterfinal round. Warroad is now 9-0 in the first round of state since 2005. 

The Warriors improved to 25-5-0 on the season and played the winner of Northfield and St. Cloud Cathedral.