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Bantam A team wins VFW district title

The Brainerd Bantam A hockey team won the VFW District 6 championship last weekend and will play in the VFW and MAHA state tournaments. 

In the North Regional tournament, Brainerd beat Thief River Falls 7-3, Roseau 5-3 and East Grand Forks 5-2.

In the first game of the state playoffs Brainerd (33-9-2) will play Rochester at 8 p.m. Friday. Other state participants are Blaine, Elk River, St. Louis Park, East Grand Forks, Woodbury and Eden Prairie.

In the District 6 VFW tournament, Brainerd won the championship by beating Sartell 11-1, St. Cloud 5-0 and St. Cloud 6-1.

Brainerd’s first game in the VFW state tournament will be against Roseau at 10:30 a.m. March 25 at Moorhead.

North Regional tournament


Brainerd 7, Thief River Falls 3 

Goals: Isaac Johnson (2) Cole Smith (2) Jake Ellingson, Adam Fischer, Billy Desrocher

Assists: Logan Rivard (3) Mason Severson (2) Tory Miller (2) Jake Ellingson (2) Thomas Stoxen, Griffin Campbell

Saves: Dylan Bartholomaus 20


Brainerd 5, Roseau 3

Goals: Jake Ellingson (3) Logan Rivard, Alex Mimmack

Assists: Cole Smith (4) Logan Rivard (3) Jake Ellingson

Saves: Dylan Bartholomaus 14

Championship game

Brainerd 5, East Grand Forks 2

Goals: Tory Miller (3) Cole Smith, Jake Ellingson

Assists: Jake Ellingson (2), Logan Rivard, Alex Mimmack, Thomas Stoxen, Mason Severson

Saves: Dylan Bartholomaus 20

VFW district 6 playoffs


Brainerd 11 , Sartell 1

goals: Jake Ellingson (2) Cole Smith (2) Mason Severson (2) Tory Miller, Logan Rivard, Nate DeChaine, Billy Desrocher, Isaac Johnson

Assist: Mason Severson, Jake Ellingson, Isaac Johnson, Cole Smith, Griffin Campbell, Logan Rivard

Saves: (11) Dylan Bartholomaus


Brainerd 5,  St. Cloud 0

Goals: Isaac Johnson, Alex Mimmack, Adam Fischer, Logan Rivard, Griffin Campbell

Assists: Blake Thelen (2) Tory Miller, Jake Ellingson, Thomas Stoxen

Saves (11) Dylan Bartholomaus


Brainerd 6, St. Cloud 1

Goals: Jake Ellingson (2) Alex Mimmack (2) Logan Rivard (2)

Assists: Logan Rivard (3) Cole Smith (2) Thomas Stoxen, Jake Ellingson, Nate DeChaine

Saves (16) Dylan Bartholomaus

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.