Another Warroad-Wave tie
Mckenzie Whalen was the neutralizer Tuesday.
In a matchup of two top 10-ranked girls high school hockey teams in Minnesota, No. 2 Warroad had a 50-26 advantage in shots on goal against No. 5 East Grand Forks Senior High. But Whalen registered 47 saves as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie at East Grand Forks Civic Center.
"I think (Whalen) was the difference,'' Warroad coach David Marvin said.
Green Wave coach Jim Enright is accustomed to seeing Whalen dominate games.
"We've got what I consider the best goalie in the state,'' Enright said. "Usually when you're out-shot like that you're not supposed to win. But it's a testament to how Kenzie can keep us in games.
"And she had a normal game, what she does game in and game out. But especially against a good team like that, she's good.''
Senior High took the initial lead on a Cynthia Loven goal at the 10:53 mark in the second period. But Warroad's Madison Oelkers—who scored the 100th goal of her career last weekend—and Karlie Meeker scored back-to-back and the Green Wave were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way.
After Tyra Chupka's power-play goal late in the second tied the score at 2-2, Hannah Corneliusen made it 3-2 with a goal at 6:33 of the third. Loven forced overtime, however, when she took control of the puck along the boards in the Green Wave zone, skated down ice and nailed a shot from 10 feet with 43 seconds left in regulation.
"You can tell by the number of shots we had that we're not a bad team,'' said Marvin, whose team is 1-1-2. "If we had played better defense, I thought we could have won. Our goaltender (Syd Otto, 23 saves) gave us a chance to win.
"At the end of the game we had a power play, and I like my power play unit. But we didn't execute.''
The game was the norm for the teams. Last season, Warroad and Senior High played to 2-2 and 0-0 ties in the regular season. Warroad got the one win in the series when the Warriors beat the Wave 3-2 in the Section 8A championship game to advance to state.
"This is what our games have been,'' Enright said. "They've been just battles.''
Senior High dropped to 3-0-1 with the tie.
"We came from behind. You're happy to avoid the loss,'' Enright said. "But you're never happy with a tie.''