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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.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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