Warroad's Demi Gardner (14) scores the games first goal against New Ulm
For New Ulm, getting to the state tournament hasn't been the problem. For the Eagles, getting the bad end of the draw in five straight treks to St. Paul has been. The most recent trip the Eagles faced yet another up hill climb against Warroad and once again came out on the wrong end of a 9-0 score.
While there was running time in the third period, the Eagles played a solid defensive game for the first 30 minutes of the hockey game allowing only two goals to the Warriors. The last 20 minutes saw the Warriors take complete control scoring seven times including four goals in the final three minutes of the second period.
The Warriors on the opposite end of the spectrum have been to the tournament five straight years as well with different results. Head coach David Marvin has two class A championships in his trophy case as well as a runner-up in 2009. After losing last year in the semi-finals, his Warriors are hungry, and they played like it.
Once Warroad flipped the switch and the smoke cleared, senior Lisa Marvin had four goals, and all three Gardner girls had scored a goal. As impressive as the Eagles defensive effort was, the top ranked Warriors put the pedal down and made another statement in St. Paul.
The Warriors advance to the semi-finals where they will face the winner of the South Saint Paul and Hibbing Chisholm quarterfinal.