Saturday, February 27, 2010
1A Final: Warroad vs. Breck
By Kyle Stevens
Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, Minn
3, #2 Breck
1 - Final
There always seems to be some controversy surrounding the net at the girls' state hockey tournament.
But with three third period goals, including the game winner by Layla Marvin with 67-seconds to play, Warroad got the officials off the hook. With the 3-1 win, the Warriors become just the third out-state school to collect a title.
Toward the end of the second period, Warroad put what appeared to be the game-tying tally behind Breck goalie Taylor Neisen. The net came off it's moorings, but the replay clearly showed the puck over the line before the net came loose.
The official clearly, and immediately, waved off the goal and no video review took place.
"The calls didn't go our way. Everyone on TV saw that," said David Martin, Warriors head coach, about the no-goal call.
Warroad seemed to deflate a little after that, and the second period ended with the same 1-0 lead that Breck took mid-way through the frame.
The final period took on a physical tone as Breck fought hard to keep the surging Warriors at bay.
Warroad out-shot the Mustangs 17-5 in the third, and 33-21 for the game.
Layla Marvin's game winner, with 1:07 to play, capped off a dominant third period for Warroad. The Warriors had been making a habit of getting to the net in the offensive zone, and had narrowly missed on several chances earlier in the period.
Marvin finally slammed one home and was mobbed by her teammates.
A furious rally by Breck nearly tied the score with just seconds remaining, but a clear and a goal from center ice by Karley Sylvester sealed the deal.
Warroad finishes the season 27-7-1, with their only loss to 2A title game participant Edina.
Breck lost only its' third game and finishes 25-3-1.
"How did we do you guys? Did we keep with 'em?" - Warroad coach David Martin, referencing comments made by Lenny Vannelli, Breck's head coach. Vannelli was quoted after his semifinal win saying the final with Warroad would be good if the Warriors could skate with the Mustangs.
State tourney history
Titles: 1 - 2010
3rd straight, and 3rd overall appearance
None - 2008 Class A runner-up