No. 2-seeded Warroad storms by New Ulm

Staff photo by Ari Selvey New Ulm’s Brody Nordby (16) and Talan Helget (9) scramble for the puck in front of Warroad goalie Ben Norris (30) during the opening round of the Class A State Hockey State Tournament Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

ST. PAUL — No. 2-seeded Warroad’s front line proved to be too much for New Ulm as the Warriors took down the Eagles 8-1 in the opening round of the Class A State Boys Hockey Tournament Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

New Ulm now falls to the consolation bracket, where it will take on Northfield at 11 a.m. Thursday at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. St. Cloud Cathedral defeated Aldrich 5-1 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals and drop Northfield to consolation play.

New Ulm head coach Ryan Neuman credited Warroad’s speed and awareness for making things tough on his squad.

“They move the puck well, they have good team speed,” Neuman said. “They know where each other are at all times. It’s one of the top lines in the state, and their overall speed and puck movement is phenomenal, and obviously they can finish.”

New Ulm held Warroad to a single goal in the first period, but the Warriors took over the game with a five-goal second period to put the game into running time in the third period.

Staff photo by Ari Selvey New Ulm’s Landon Barstad fights for the puck during a Class A State Boys Hockey Tournament game against Warroad Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Talan Helget scored the Eagles’ lone goal in the third period, assisted by Austin Uecker.

Warroad’s Murray Marvin-Cordes scored a hat trick in the game, continuing his late-season tear as he now has 10 goals over the past five games. Carson Pilgrim and Dominic Anthony had two goals for the Warriors, while Ryan Lund had one goal.

“Obviously you don’t expect to be beat 8-1 at any point in time,” Neuman said. “We wanted it to be as competitive as we were. I thought we played a solid first period, blocked a lot of shots, Bryer [Hoffmann, New Ulm goalie] did a hell of a job in that first period. We played a good team defense, and then in the second period we got caught puck watching.”

Hoffmann said Warroad’s skill on the shot was an obvious step up from what the team was used to seeing in conference and section play.

“You could definitely tell they were a very skilled team,” Hoffmann said. “They had very quick releases and could place the puck where they wanted to place it.”

Staff photo by Ari Selvey New Ulm’s Austin Uecker skates behind the net during a Class A State Boys Hockey Tournament game against Warroad Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Marvin-Cordes scored his first goal in the opening period, collecting a rebound from a Pilgrim shot and slipping it past Hoffmann at 11:20. Pilgrim started the second with a breakaway goal 15 seconds in to open the floodgates.

Marvin-Cordes scored on a goal from the left slot at 5:27, then Anthony scored on a Milly goal that, after review, Hoffmann just missed the save on, sliding past his mitt into the goal at 9:15. Lund scored his goal at 10:48, then Pilgrim wrapped up the Warriors’ big period with another breakaway goal.

Anthony scored his second goal at 4:41 in the third to put Warroad up 7-0 before Uecker got the puck with Helget trailing, hitting Helget on a pass to the middle. Helget was able to get the puck past Warroad goalie Ben Norris while being contested by a Warroad defender for a goal at 6:01.

Marvin-Cordes achieved his hat trick on a short-handed goal at 7:14, wrapping up the scoring for the game.

New Ulm defenseman Ian Brudelie said that playing at Xcel Energy Center included a lot of new experiences for the team.

“It’s all new to everybody around here,” he said. “We’re trying to make the best of it, check out new things. Excited to be here, we’re in a big spotlight.”


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