By Pat Garry 

Warrior Boys' Phenomenal Season Ends In A Tough Loss

 

March 18, 2023



Submitted by Pat Garry, Sports Writer

The Warroad hockey boys’ post-season run commenced with a commanding 5-1 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral, on Wednesday, March 8. But on Friday, the Warriors decided to throw a little drama into the action, defeating Orono in the semifinal round, by a 4-3 thrilling double-overtime final tally. With their staggering, unblemished 29-0-1 record on the line and the Class A title in their sights, the Warroad boys were determined to beat a very formidable Spartans squad, no matter how many overtime periods they might need…and it was two. Senior defender Erick Comstock sealed the deal for Warroad, with a back-door goal just 16 seconds into double overtime, on a pass from teammate Jayson Shaugabay. Warroad’s first goal, however, was a bit of a serendipitous sort, which got them on the scoreboard just 1:01 into the game—thanks to the “bouncy” boards at the Xcel Energy Center. Junior Peyton Sunderland took a shot that went high and hard off the end boards, bounced back, and caromed into the back of the net. That was Sunderland’s first goal of the season. Hoping that magical momentum could carry them through Saturday’s championship game versus Mahtomedi, the Warrior boys battled the Zephyrs for the title…and this one again went into double overtime. But this time, the Warroad bunch fell to Mahtomedi, 6-5, at Xcel Energy Center. That gave the Warriors an awesome 29-1-1 overall record for the season.

St. Cloud Cathedral Game

Scoring by periods: Warroad: 1, 1, 3; SCC: 0, 1, 0; Shots on goal favored Warroad, 43-23; Warriors Individual Scoring: Erick Comstock, 3 assists; Jayson Shaugabay, 1 goal, 3 assists; Carson Pilgrim, 3 goals; Murray Marvin-Cordes, 1 goal, 1 assist; Ryan Lund, 1 assist; Goalie Hampton Slukynsky, 23 shots on goal, 22 saves; Power Plays: Warroad, 2-2; SCC, 0-3; Penalties: Warroad, 6 minutes on 3 infractions; SCC, 4 minutes on 2 infractions; 1st Period Scoring: WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (power play) (Lund, Comstock) 13:01; Penalties: Swenson, SCC (Charging, Minor, 2.0 min) 12:11; Goalie Changes: None; 2nd Period Scoring: SCC - Gillespie Goal (even strength) (Hirschfeld, Gebhardt) 9:19; WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (power play) (Shaugabay, Comstock) 16:46; Penalties: Boucha, WARROAD (Roughing, Minor, 2.0 min) 7:01; Hennum, WARROAD (Hooking, Minor, 2.0 min) 10:28; Hirschfeld, SCC (Tripping, Minor, 2.0 min) 16:26; Goalie Changes: None; 3rd Period Scoring: WARROAD - Shaugabay Goal (even strength) (Marvin-Cordes, Comstock) 4:40; WARROAD - Marvin-Cordes Goal (even strength) (Shaugabay) 9:01; WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (even strength, EN) (Shaugabay) 16:59; Penalties: Watson, WARROAD (Tripping, Minor, 2.0 min) 6:43; Goalie Changes: Empty Net, SCC 14:58.

Orono Game

Scoring by periods: Warroad: 2, 1, 0, 0, 1; Orono: 0, 1, 2, 0, 0; Shots on goal favored Orono, 28-26; Warriors Individual Scoring: Erick Comstock, 1 goal; Garrett Hennum, 1 assist; Taven James, 1 assist; Jayson Shaugabay, 1 goal; 2 assists; Carson Pilgrim, 1 goal; Murray Marvin-Cordes, 1 assist; Ryan Lund, 1 assist; Peyton Sunderland, 1 goal; Goalie Hampton Slukynsky, 28 shots on goal, 25 saves; Power Plays: Warroad, 0-2; Orono, 1-3; Penalties: Warroad, 9 minutes on 3 infractions; Orono, 6 minutes on 3 infractions; 1st Period Scoring: WARROAD - Sunderland Goal (even strength) (James, Hennum) 1:01; WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (even strength) (Shaugabay, Lund) 13:30; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None; 2nd Period Scoring: WARROAD - Shaugabay Goal (even strength) (Marvin-Cordes) 0:41; ORONO - Greenagel Goal (even strength) (Lang, Mugaas) 13:50; Penalties: Sankey, ORONO (Interference, Minor, 2.0 min) 3:44; Comstock, WARROAD (Hooking, Minor, 2.0 min) 7:12; Schultz, ORONO (Interference, Minor, 2.0 min) 10:06; Goalie Changes: None; 3rd Period Scoring: ORONO - Anderson Goal (power play) (Greenagel, Mugaas) 7:16; ORONO - Fegers Goal (even strength) (Engebretson, Anderson) 9:13; Penalties: Boucha, WARROAD (Boarding, Major, 5 min) 3:12; Fegers, ORONO (Roughing, Minor, 2.0 min) 3:12; Thompson, WARROAD (Roughing, Minor, 2.0 min) 3:48; Goalie Changes: None; OT1 Period Scoring: None; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None; OT2 Period Scoring: WARROAD - Comstock Goal (even strength) (Shaugabay) 0:16; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None.

Mahtomedi Game

Scoring by periods: Warroad: 1, 2, 2, 0, 0; Mahtomedi: 1, 1, 3, 0, 1; Shots on goal favored Warroad, 51-46; Warriors Individual Scoring: Erick Comstock, 1 assist; Garrett Hennum, 1 assist; Jayson Shaugabay, 1 assist; Carson Pilgrim, 3 goals, 1 assist; Broden Hontvet, 1 assist; Murray Marvin-Cordes, 1 goal, 2 assists; Ryan Lund, 2 assists; Peyton Sunderland, 1 goal; Goalie Hampton Slukynsky, 46 shots on goal, 40 saves; Power Plays: Warroad, 0-1; Mahtomedi, 0-2; Penalties: Warroad, 4 minutes on 2 infractions; Mahtomedi, 2 minutes on 1 infraction; 1st Period Scoring: WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (even strength) (Marvin-Cordes, Lund) 14:13; MAHT - Haycraft Goal (even strength) (Nelson, Bruner) 16:08; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None; 2nd Period Scoring: WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (even strength) (Marvin-Cordes, Lund) 5:08; WARROAD - Marvin-Cordes Goal (even strength) (Pilgrim) 7:25; MAHT - Egan Goal (even strength) (Hodd-Chlebeck) 15:39; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None; 3rd Period Scoring: WARROAD - Pilgrim Goal (even strength) (Shaugabay, Hontvet) 3:58; MAHT - Drage Goal (even strength) (Bruner, Wolsfeld) 4:36; WARROAD - Sunderland Goal (even strength) (Comstock, Hennum) 7:08; MAHT - Drage Goal (even strength) (Brummel) 11:00; MAHT - Drage Goal (even strength) (Nelson, Bruner) 15:40; Penalties: Harris, MAHT (Interference, Minor, 2.0 min) 5:04; Lund, WARROAD (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2.0 min) 7:27; Goalie Changes: Empty Net, MAHT 15:31; Brandt, MAHT 15:40; OT1 Period Scoring: None; Penalties: Lund, WARROAD (Slashing, Minor, 2.0 min) 0:26; Goalie Changes: None; OT2 Period Scoring: MAHT - Grove Goal (even strength) (Nelson) 4:56; Penalties: None; Goalie Changes: None.

 

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