WARROAD — Facing perennial powerhouse Warroad, the Faribault High School boys hockey team learned a valuable lesson it can take with them back to Big 9 Conference play.
“They just forechecked really hard,” Cody Colegrove said. “They had two guys on the puck. It just showed us we need to play the body a lot more, and it was really rough up there.”
The Falcons fell to the Warriors 7-1 in the Warroad Tournament finale at the Ice Gardens on Thursday, completing an 0-3 weekend that included losses to Osseo, Grafton/Park River and Warroad.
The Falcons (2-8-0) trailed 1-0 after one period on Thursday, but like Wednesday Faribault’s opponent opened up a commanding lead in the second. Thanks to three goals by David Nelson in the period, the Warriors (7-4-0) took a 5-1 lead heading into the third.
FHS assistant coach Dan Pumper said while Warroad was a talented team, the Falcons committed enough miscues to give the Warriors an edge.
“The mistakes kind of did us in,” Pumper said. “We played pretty well, just a few mistakes did us in.”
Faribault’s lone goal on the night came at the 11:25 mark of the second period when Connor Weirschem took a pass from Riley Jandro and found the back of the net past Warroad goalie Andy Foster.
FHS GAME STATISTICS
Faribault 0 1 0 — 1
Warroad 1 4 2 — 7
Scoring — First period: 5:40 WAR Casey Anderson (Tyler Elson, Hayden Timm). Second period: 4:20 WAR Kyle Sylvester (Tanner Pederson, Nicholas Stoskipf), 4:32 WAR David Nelson (Eric Miller, Brandon Pearson), 7:32 WAR Nelson (Dylan Fowler) SHG, 8:48 WAR Nelson (Carson Gray), 11:25 FHS Connor Weirschem (Riley Jandro) PPG. Third period: 0:41 WAR Miller (Nelson, Pearson), 14:48 Sylvester (Tommy Astrup, Stoskopf). Shots on goal — FHS 15, WAR 31. Power plays — FHS 0-4, WAR 0-4. Saves — FHS Cody Morshing 24, WAR Chris Larson 2, Andy Foster 12.