Warroad advanced to the state championship game for the fifth time in school history with a convincing 4-1 win over South St. Paul and in the process extracting some revenge on the team that knocked them out of the championship hunt a year ago.
"We talked a little bit about it," said head coach David Marvin. "We don't want to play at nine o'clock in the morning. South St. Paul got us last year and we got them back this year."
Coaches search for any edge they can get to help motivate their teams and although the Warriors who have been to the state tournament six times in Marvin's seven years as coach don't really need any help a rally cry never hurts.
"We owed them one," said senior Lisa Marvin. "We feel like they took one from us last year and we didn't want it to happen again."
Marvin was great along with fellow senior Kayla Gardner who paved the way offensively in the win. Last year, the power play didn't produce a goal in six tries against the Packers, this year was a different story as the Warriors picked up two goals with the skater advantage in the first and second periods.
The Warriors will face Blake in the state title game tomorrow afternoon and their head coach was already playing the revenge card again.
"Go ahead KG (Kayla Gardner), tell them about how we owe Blake from five years ago," said Marvin with a grin on his face when asked about the match up with the Bears.
His senior forward didn't take the bait.
"I think everyone will come ready to play tomorrow," said Gardner.
The puck drops at Xcel Energy Center at 12PM.