When the Eagles girls hockey team arrived at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Wednesday, Feb 21, they knew they would be facing giants in the Warroad Warriors—ranked number one in the state.

When the Eagles girls hockey team arrived at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Wednesday, Feb 21, they knew they would be facing giants in the Warroad Warriors—ranked number one in the state.

Warriors 5

Eagles 0

The Warriors hit the ice at a speed the Eagles hadn’t experienced in their section. The Eagles sent some wild shots down the line, trying to keep the puck away from Warroad.

“They have a solid group of girls over there,” said Eagles Head Coach Kristin Faber. “They have speed, they can really move the puck, we don’t play at their pace a whole lot throughout the season.”

Late in the first period, the Warriors—after six attempts—hit the net, getting past Eagles goalie Cassie Reed. “They did a good job of taking away our time and space,” said Ali Beltz. “It gets hard to get goals without time and space.”

The Eagles managed to scramble out four shots on goal in the first period.

In the second period, Warrior Hannah Corneliusen struck early, with a goal just four minutes in. She came back again for a second, giving the Warriors a 3-0 lead.

By the third period the Eagles were visibly tired, but sent nine shots on goal—their highest number of attempts in the game. The Warriors got two more goals, securing their advancement to the next round.

St. Paul United 5

Eagles 2

The Eagles tried to shake off the jitters from their loss to Warroad, as they moved on to face St. Paul United in the consolation bracket Thursday at noon in Ridder Arena.

United scored at the end of the first period, with 30 seconds left on the clock. The Eagles gave it up on the power play—having lost a player to hooking.

In the second period, St. Paul United hit two more goals before the Eagles responded. Weiss hooked a shot at 8:11, giving New Ulm one; Madeline Gag and Beltz assisted.

Molly Scheid hooked in a goal in the opening moments of the third period. The Eagles were within one and had a chance to tie things up, but United quickly rebuilt the gap with two goals for the 5-2 win.

The Eagles were sent home, ending their season at 23-6-1.