Roseau Gets Revenge With a 4-3 Victory Over Warroad
In the states best rivalry Game the Roseau Rams took sole position on top of the Mariucci Conference with its Thursday night visit to the Warroad Warriors. The hard-fought victory helped ease the sting of the Rams’ last game against the Warriors, in which Warroad gave Roseau a 6-3 drubbing.
Despite outshooting the Rams 11 – 6 for the first twenty minutes, Warroad fell behind, thanks to a goal from defenseman #21 Thor Byfuglien at 4:11 (assist by #29 Tyler Bjerk).
A two-minute minor for slashing to Bjerk gave Warroad the first power play of the game, but nothing got by Roseau’s #30 Andrew Tuttle.
41 seconds into the middle period, Byfuglien put Roseau up 2-0 with his second of the evening, unassisted.
A charging penalty from Bjerk at 4:00 gave Warroad their second man advantage, and they would make good this time. #5 Blake Norris and #39 Saizha Norwegian set up #17 Jayson Shaugabay for his 10th of the season, 54 seconds into the power play.
A hooking minor to defenseman #12 Aaron Wensloff at 8:06 put Roseau back on the penalty kill and Warroad would make it count once again. This time, Norwegian got the goal assisted by Norris and Shaugabay, tying the game 9:12 into the second.
Shaugabay struck again at 12:27 (assist by #8 Sky Solig), putting the Warriors up by one going into the third.
The final regular time period began with a cross-checking penalty to Norwegian, giving Roseau their first power play of the game. They did not waste the advantage. #8 Paul Huglan scored just over a minute later, thanks to assists from #10 Max Strand and Byfuglien.
Roseau kept up the attack throughout the third, but #34 Jack Orchard stopped them all, even when a head contact major for #18 Matt Hard gave the Rams an extra skater for a full five minutes.
Roseau’s offensive blast paid off 4:30 into the extra time, when Huglen and #7 Gavin Gunderson assisted on a goal from Strand.
With their victory, the Rams improved to 7-3-0, while the Warriors dropped to 5-2-2.
Roseau hopes to continue their 2-game win streak next Monday against Bemidji.
The Warriors look to bounce back when they welcome Crookson to Warroad Gardens Arena on 2/19.