Warroad season on the upswing after tie with East Grand Forks
Even in a season when Warroad loses the first six games of the season, you can't count out the Warriors in the Minnesota Section 8A race.
Warroad drove that point home Thursday night in a 1-1 tie with No. 5 East Grand Forks Senior High at the Civic Center.
Warroad moved to 2-6-1, while the Green Wave, playing in their second overtime game this week, went to 6-4-1.
"We knew they were a tough team," Senior High coach Scott Koberinski said. "They play physical and can smother you. It was a good test for our guys.
"Warroad plays hard every time. It's a good rivalry. We knew it'd be a dogfight."
Warroad's Kip Knutson gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead late in the first period when he scored on a rebound after consistent Warroad pressure.
After a scoreless second period, East Grand Forks freshman Landon Parker scored his seventh goal of the season at 7 minutes, 10 seconds of the third period.
Parker, who left the game a few minutes later with an injury and didn't return, scored when his shot from the high slot found its way past the glove of Warroad goalie Max Gausen (27 saves).
Warroad dominated most of the eight-minute overtime, outshooting the Wave 8-2 but the Warriors couldn't get another one past Carter Krier, who finished with 23 saves for East Grand Forks.
"In overtime, we had our chances and took it to them," Warroad coach Jay Hardwick said. "I would have liked to win that one, but I'm very pleased with the effort.
"The beginning of the year was tough for us. I think we're playing a lot better team game than we were at the beginning of the season. I told the guys that if we have the effort we've played with the last three, four weeks that we'll be in good shape and can play with anybody."
The one-goal output was Senior High's lowest offensive showing of the season.
"We have to hit the net more often and the second thing is we have to get more traffic in front," Koberinski said. "We're waiting for a bounce and a rebound instead of working for it. We have to work for more opportunities."