Area Hockey Roundup: Willmar scoreless against Warroad in state rematch
No. 2 Warriors with 6 first-period goals against No. 10 Cards
WARROAD — The rematch of last season’s Class A quarterfinals once again went to Warroad.
After a game with St. Cloud was canceled due to COVID-19 precautions, the Cardinals made the trek north on Saturday to face Class A’s No. 2 team. With six goals in the first period, the Warriors had all the offense they needed in a 6-0 victory at Gardens Arena.
Willmar entered the game ranked 10th in Class A.
Reanna Smith scored the game’s first goal 22 seconds into the game and Maddie Skogman put in Warroad’s second goal at 1:49.
Genevieve Hendrickson and Smith also had even-strength goals in the first. Talya Hendrickson had a power-play goal and Genevieve added a short-handed goal in the final minute of the period. Genevieve is committed to Division I Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.
While the puck wasn’t going in the net, Warroad dominated on the offensive end, outshooting Willmar 42-9. Cardinals goalie Halle Mortensen had 36 saves. The Warriors’ Kendra Nordick stopped all nine shots for the shutout.
Two of Willmar’s three games this week feature ranked opponents. On Tuesday, the Cardinals head to Brainerd to play Brainerd/Little Falls (10th, AA). After another road game against Marshall on Thursday, Willmar heads out again on Saturday, March 6 to play Section 6A rival River Lakes (9th, A) at the Koronis Civic Arena in Paynesville. The Cardinals won the previous matchup with the Stars, 3-2, on Feb. 16.
Willmar (7-4-1) 0 0 0 — 0
Warroad (11-1-0) 6 0 0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD – (1) WAR: Reanna Smith (Abbey Hardwick), 0:22 ... (2) WAR: Maddie Skogman (unassisted), 1:49 … (3) WAR: Talya Hendrickson (Kate Johnson), 5:37 PP … (4) WAR: Genevieve Hendrickson (T. Hendrickson), 5:55 … (5) WAR: Smith (Hardwick, Madison Lavergne), 6:51 … (6) G. Hendrickson (Johnson), 16:02 SH.
SECOND PERIOD – No goals.
THIRD PERIOD – No goals.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Halle Mortensen 36/42 … Warroad: Kendra Norick 9/9.
Detroit Lakes 7,
Outshooting Morris/Benson Area 67-18, Detroit Lakes’ offense set the tone for a non-conference victory Saturday at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes.
The Storm’s Leah Thompson stopped 60 shots in the loss while the Lakers’ Leah Honer had 18 saves in the shutout victory.
MBA heads to Windom on Monday.