Warroad goalie Quinn Kuntz stares down a shot from Breck's Ashley Halverson. Kuntz stopped all 23 Mustang shots for her fifth shutout of the young season. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Warroad junior Hannah Corneliusen fights for the puck in front of the Breck net Friday night. In a battle of the top two teams in Class 1A, the Warriors defeated the Mustangs 3-0. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
The celebration suggested Warroad wanted the win badly. After all, beating the team that topped the Warriors in the state championship must have been cathartic.
But the performance in the win — and the performances in the Warriors’ unblemished start to the season — suggests Warroad (6-0, 2-0) might be as good a team as there is Class 1A right now.
Perhaps that’s what’s to be expected from the Warriors now, their coach said.
Friday, Warroad, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, earned a 3-0 road win over No. 1-1A Breck at the Breck School Anderson Ice Arena in a rematch of the 2018 state title game. The Mustangs won that championship, but the Warriors got a measure of revenge this time out.
The team mobbed goaltender Quinn Kuntz after her fifth shutout in six games, and the Warriors made their six-hour bus trip Friday worth the time by putting together a dominant performance.
“We wanted it a lot, meaning we lost back in February,” junior captain Hannah Corneliusen said. “It meant a lot to win.”
The road team was the victor for the first time in the last five years of the Breck-Warroad regular-season series.
Warroad, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A by the coaches’ association, earned a 3-0 win over No. 1-1A Breck Friday night at the Breck School Anderson Ice Arena, as the Warriors used a two-goal second period to upend the reigning state champion.
Warroad largely controlled the first period, outshooting Breck 16-5, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
The Warriors (6-0, 2-0) didn’t let the Mustangs (5-1, 0-0) breathe in the middle period. A power-play goal by Sydney Phaneuf put Warroad up 1-0 at the 3:19 mark. A bad play in the neutral zone by Breck led to a goal from Genevieve Hendrickson, assisted by Karlie Meeker, at 12:13, giving Warroad a 2-0 lead after two.
McKenzie Oelkers added a score late in the third, and Quinn Kuntz made 23 saves in goal for the shutout. Breck’s goalie, eighth-grader Uma Corniea, made 40 saves.
The game was a rematch of last season’s state championship, where Breck won 3-2 in overtime over top-seeded Warroad. To add to the matchup’s history, the teams have played in the regular season each year since 2013, with the home team winning the previous five matchups.
With a crowd around the net, Breck goalie Uma Corniea makes a save against Warroad. Corniea stopped 40 of 43 shots in the Mustang's 3-0 loss to the Warriors. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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