BOYS HOCKEY: East Grand Forks pushed to limit by Warroad in 4-3 Section 8A win
WARROAD, Minn. -- East Grand Forks Senior High was pushed to the limit Monday night against Warroad. Goalie Hunter Aubol made just enough big saves to keep the Green Wave's season alive. Aubol made a couple of crucial stops in the final minute af...
WARROAD, Minn. -- East Grand Forks Senior High was pushed to the limit Monday night against Warroad.
Goalie Hunter Aubol made just enough big saves to keep the Green Wave's season alive.
Aubol made a couple of crucial stops in the final minute after Warroad pulled its goalie to lead Senior High to a 4-3 win in the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A tournament at the Gardens.
Senior High, the tournament's No. 2 seed, advances to Thursday's championship game against Thief River Falls, who beat Park Rapids 5-0 in its semifinal.
The title game will be played at 7 p.m. in Warroad.
"It should be a great game," Senior High coach Cory Chupka said. "You never know. We have to play with a lot of emotion and teamwork. It's do or die now."
The Prowlers swept the Green Wave during the regular season.
But the Wave earned a title shot after holding off the hard-charging Warriors, who battled back from a three-goal deficit.
Warroad's Logan Berg and Tommy Astrup scored third-period goals to pull the Warriors within one.
But Aubol, who finished with 22 saves, stuffed the Warriors from close range in the closing moments.
"They have a lot of pride in their program," Chupka said of Warroad. "They weren't going down without a fight. They brought everything they could. They challenged our players to make the right plays."
Tommy Hajicek led the Wave offense with two goals, including one shorthanded.
Zack Lawdermilt added a goal and an assist for the Wave, who also received a goal from Luke Beito.
Warroad's Chris Larson and Andy Foster combined to make 22 saves.