These two teams faced each other just two weeks prior to their match in the Great American Rivalry Hockey Series, as the Warroad Warriors defeated the Roseau Rams 5-2. With revenge on their minds, the Rams were definitely ready to play.
In a special pre-game presentation on the ice, the crowd joined U.S. Air Force reps in honoring the games Scholar Athletes: Trevor Baumgartner from Roseau and Eric Heidel from Warroad. Immediately after the presenatian, the puck dropped and the action began!
Roseau started the game by scoring a goal in the first 45 seconds of the game, catching the Warriors completely off guard. Shortly after that, the Rams netted another and went ahead 2-0 early in the first period. The Warriors, already feeling the pressure, were able to find the net later in the period and once again with a few minutes remaining, tying the game at 2-2 at the end of the first period.
Roseau moved like lightning to start the second period, scoring twice within the first two minutes of action and going ahead 4-2. These first few minutes of the second period changed the outcome of the game drastically even though more than half the game was left to be played. The crowd lost their enthusiasm, and the players for Warroad did not seem to have the same aggression as the Rams. The second frame ended with Roseau up 5-2.
Warroad did manage to re-energize the crowd by netting a goal early in the third to bring the game to 5-3. The excitement was short-lived when Roseau scored another goal for 6-3 lead.
The third period had the most interesting action as the frustrated Warriors took out their aggression on the Rams. Hard checks, penalties, and rough play seemed to be where Warroad shined in the third. Warroad was missing their starting goalie in this game, and that seemed to make a huge difference in the outcome.
Certainly, when these two teams meet again, it will be another Great American Rivalry game.
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- HOCKEY: Warroad vs. Rosseau – 2010