Better late than never-that's been the way for Warroad.
Warroad improved to 3-0 in the girls hockey season with a 5-0 road win at East Grand Forks Senior High on Tuesday. The Warriors blew the game open with four goals in the final period.
That's par for the Warroad course. The Warriors have scored 13 goals this season-eight of those in the third period and another in overtime.
"We've had slow starts. I don't know why,'' said Warroad assistant coach Derrick Comstock. "Maybe it's because of our maturity, our calmness. The girls stick to the system and wait for things to happen.
"I'd like to see them come out like gangbusters in games. But it hasn't happened yet.''
After a scoreless first period, Hannah Corneliusen gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead with 9:53 left in the second.
The senior controlled the puck on a faceoff in her own zone, skated down the ice and buried a shot in a small opening. She would add another goal in the third period, giving her seven on the season.
The key goal came 1:38 into the third period when Cahlilah Lindquist put a shot from in front of the blue line off the pipe that deflected in for her first goal of the season and a 2-0 lead. "That one seemed to give us a spark,'' Comstock said. "We kept the gas pedal on after that.''
Green Wave coach Brian Larson also pointed to Lindquist's score as a crucial point.
"You know you're back in it with one goal when it's only 1-0,'' Larson said. "But two down is a bigger uphill battle. They're very good defensively. It's hard to get a shot by (Quinn) Kuntz.''
Kuntz, the Warroad goalie, finished with 19 saves-11 in the third period-for her second shutout of the season.
"We were pretty stingy,'' Comstock said. "We did a good job of clearing rebounds.''
Warroad also received goals from Tiffani Foster and Tahra Johnson.
Senior first-year starting goalie Megan Birkholz had 31 saves for the Wave.
"Megan had an outstanding game,'' Larson said. "She kept us in it. But we wore down and started giving them chances in front of the net.
"We competed. But against a team like that, you make a mistake and they capitalize. And they did.''
Senior High dropped to 3-1.