Boys Hockey: Rams rally for emotional victory
A moment of silence was conducted for Brainerd lakes area resident William “Orv” Lundbohm before Friday night’s Section 8-2A game between the Roseau Rams and Brainerd Warriors.
Lundbohm, who died Jan. 11, was a member of Roseau’s 1971 state runner-up team. Later, after he and his wife, Deb, moved to Brainerd, his sons Nick and Zack played for the Warriors.
Orv would have been proud of how both programs performed as Roseau scored three goals in the third period and rallied for a 3-2 victory at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Rams head coach Andy Lund-bohm talked about the respect he had for his uncle on an emotional day that saw many Roseau fans attend the funeral and the game.
“Orv meant a heck of a lot to me,” Andy Lundbohm said. “He was an unbelievable uncle. He just always had a way of making me feel real special when I was talking to him. He always made me feel like that was the only place he wanted to be when I was talking to him. I think a lot of people could share that same sentiment.
“I think every single one of his relatives on our side was able to make it that could. It was just a real good turnout. I’m glad we could be here to help the family and Deb and help celebrate a life that was cut short.”
Trailing 1-0 after two periods, the Rams began their blitz. Just 65 seconds into the third, Roseau’s Austin Hogenson tied it when Alex Strand passed from behind the net to Hogenson, who was barreling down the slot and beat Warriors goalie Brady Mick.
At 7:23 of the third, Strand and Zach Yon broke out for a 2-on-1 rush with both teams a man short. Yon finished the rush with his 23rd goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, the Rams’ Cole Bjugson made it 3-1.
“We didn’t play very well our last game (a 3-2 loss to East Grand Forks),” Andy Lundbohm said, “so I was really pleased how we played tonight. I thought Brainerd played real well, too.
“Talking to one of their coaches at the end there obviously it could have gone either way. We were able to get a couple breaks. It was a lot like the playoff game here last year (a 4-3 Warrior win). We’re just two teams that were going at it and luckily we came out on top.”
Jake Ellingson’s eighth goal of the season brought the Warriors within the final score at 9:51 as he snapped a wrister to the short side past Rams goalie Ryan Anderson.
Brainerd’s Alex Mimmack and Bjugson hit crossbars in the final period and Bjugson hit the pipe after Brainerd pulled Mick in the final minute.
In the second, Brainerd picked up the pace and outshot the Rams 14-11.
Isaac Johnson ended a scoreless contest at 3:36 of the second with his second goal of the season. Defenseman Chris Pohlkamp cranked a slap shot from the point, Anderson saved the drive, and Johnson collected the rebound and snapped the puck past Anderson.
Mick, who finished with 30 saves, continued his stingy play in the second. He stopped Alex Halstengard, who took a slick pass from Yon and blasted it. Later in the period, the Warriors’ sophomore made nifty pad and stick saves against Yon to preserve the lead.
During a scoreless first, the Rams outshot Brainerd 15-9 with both goaltenders at the top of their game. Brainerd’s Logan Rivard had three quality chances in the period and brother Landon hit the pipe on a power play. Strand scorched a slap shot midway through the period that was among Roseau’s chances.
“We were up and down again,” Warriors coach Jim Archibald said. “I can’t remember the last time that we played a full 51-minute game. Unfortunately, we have some guys that need to have a hard look at themselves and what they’re going to do from here on down the road.”
The loss puts Brainerd in a precarious position to host one or more playoff games.
“Realistically, we’re going to have to come in through the back door,” Archibald said. “We can do it. We just have to get the boys on track here.”
Roseau 0 0 3 — 3
Brainerd 0 1 1 — 2
Second period: Brd-Isaac Johnson (Chris Pohlkamp, Mason Severson) ppg 3:36
Third period: R-Austin Hogenson (Alex Strand) 1:05; R-Zach Yon (Strand) 7:23; R-Cole Bjugson (Joe Vatnsdal, Alex Halstengard) 9:04; Brd-Jake Ellingson (Landon Rivard, Logan Rivard) 9:51
Shots on goal: Ros 15-11-7—33, Brd 9-14-10—33
Goalies: Brd-Brady Mick (30 saves); Ros-Ryan Anderson (31 saves).