Warroad hasn't shied away from scheduling some long road trips as part of a challenging schedule early this season, including a couple treks south to the Twin Cities. A six-hour bus ride to the metro did not pose a problem for the program last weekend, when it defeated No. 1-1A Breck and Mounds View to remain undefeated.
The No. 2-1A Warriors (7-0, 2-0), who also have home victories over Lakeville North and Minnetonka and a road win at No. 9-1A East Grand Forks, will be racking up the miles again this week, returning to the Twin Cities on Dec. 7 to face No. 5-1A South St. Paul.
Defense has been vital for Warroad this season. It has six shutouts, and goaltender Quinn Kuntz has six wins and a .975 save percentage.
If South St. Paul (3-3-1, 0-0-0) wants to crack the Warrior wall, sophomore defender Makenna Deering could be the wrecking ball. The Bemidji State commit leads the Packers in assists (4) and points (7) and is tied with two others with a team-best three goals.