Boys Hockey: Warriors rally for key win over Spuds
MOORHEAD — Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Brainerd Warriors rallied for four unanswered goals in the second and went on to defeat the Moorhead Spuds 5-3 in a Section 8-2A game Thursday night.
Cole Smith and Jacob Ellingson tallied four and three points, respectively, as Smith finished with a pair of goals and two assists while Ellingson contributed a goal and two assists.
Also scoring for Brainerd were Nate DeChaine and Issac Johnson. Logan Rivard collected a pair of assists.
Brainerd goalie Brady Mick made 33 saves. Moorhead outshot Brainerd by a combined 27-8 in the first and third periods, but the Warriors dominated the middle stanza, outgunning the Spuds 18-9.
The win improved the Warriors to 12-6-1 overall and avenged a 4-2 loss to the Spuds on Jan. 9.
Moorhead slipped to 9-10-1 overall.
Moorhead 2 0 1 — 3
Brainerd 0 4 1 — 5
First period: M-Alex Mehnert ppg 12:34; M-Grant Weiss (Aaron Herdt) 12:52
Second period: Brd-Cole Smith 1:00; Brd-Issac Johnson (Matthew Blanch, Mason Severson) 2:04; Brd-Smith (Logan Rivard, Jacob Ellingson) 2:49; Brd-Ellingson (Smith, Rivard) 11:40
Third period: M-Johnson (Zach Holtgrewe 13:09; Brd-Smith (Ellingson, William Desrocher) 16:36
Shots on goal: Brd 26, M 36
Goalies: Brd-Brady Mick (33 saves); M-Jacob Dittmer (21 saves)
Overall: Brd 12-6-1. Next: Brainerd hosts Willmar 7:15 p.m. Monday.