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Published January 23 2011

Warroad defeats Spuds in girls hockey

When Shelby Amsley-Benzie tripped while skating in pre-game introductions, she and her teammates got a little laugh out if it.

They should. It was one of the few times anyone from Warroad was tripped up. Warroad scored five second-period goals en route to a 6-2 win over the Moorhead girls hockey team on Saturday at the Moorhead Sports Center.

“Composure, I really say that’s what it came down to,” said first-year Moorhead coach Kaylee Black. “We had it early, but we lost it in the second period.”

Class 1A’s No. 1 team is having a season that could see it repeat as state champions, and the latest thumping was proof there’s a strong chance of that happening.

Warroad (18-3) is having what’s become the latest in a string of strong years. Two more wins mean the Warriors will clinch their eighth straight 20-win season.

Moorhead (7-10-2) hasn’t come anywhere close to that since back-to-back 19-win seasons in the early part of the 2000s.

Spuds goalie Beth Myers shut out Warroad in the first period, making 14 saves until the Warriors roared in the second with a five-goal thrashing.

“We just picked things up in the second period,” said Lisa Marvin, who finished with a goal and an assist. “We know when teams play us, they always play their best and tonight we just had to pick it up after getting off to a slow start.”

Warroad’s first two goals came on 2-on-1 chances with the goals being scored by North Dakota commit Layla Marvin and Wisconsin commit Karley Sylvester, who later scored in the third.

Myers was replaced after the fifth goal with Lydia Norwig, who gave up a goal to open the third.

It was enough to power Warroad’s offensive barrage, with it getting goals from Jane Astrup until North Dakota commits Kayla Gardner and Lisa Marvin scored wrap up the period.

Moorhead got out a bit of frustration with third period goals from Ashlie Talley and Kristin Drechsel, while getting a little physical with Warroad toward the end of the game.

Warroad remained in control even with the lone blemish on Amsley-Benzie’s performance.

Pedigree helps but talent is another facet that makes Warroad’s chances of winning state again really strong.

Leading scorer Lisa Martin entered the game with 55 points, which is more than Moorhead’s top three scorers combined. Warroad, in all, has three players that are in the state’s Top 10 in scoring.

Five players have committed to playing college and four of them are UND commits lead by the Marvin sisters.

That also includes Amsley-Benzie, who leads the state in goals allowed (14) and save percentage (.960) entering the game.

“I think in the first period, we saw them as just another hockey team,” Black said. “Then we started thinking that they have pedigree, they have stats and that they’re Warroad. That’s when we lost composure.”

FIRST PERIOD: NO SCORING

SECOND PERIOD: 1. W, La. Marvin (Gardner), 1:51 2. W, Sylvester (Brettigen) 4:14. 3. W, Astrup (Story) 8:09. 4. W, Gardner (Sylvester, Brettigen), power play, 12:38. 5. W, Li. Marvin (La. Martin) 14:43. 6.

THIRD PERIOD: 6. W, Sylvester (Li. Marvin, La. Marvin) power play, 1:15. 7. M, Talley (Ulberg, Dreschel), power play, 7:55. 8. M, Drechsel (Christian), power play, 16:40

SAVES: W, Amsley-Benze 8-7-14 X saves. M, Myers 14-2-0 14 saves. Norwig, 0-7-9 16 saves

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