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Hermantown 2, Warriors 1 The key: The Hawks outshot Brainerd 35-20 Overall: Brd 12-11-1, H 19-2-1 Next: Brainerd vs. River Lakes at Richmond 7:15 p.m. Even though there were four losses in seven days against some of the state's best competition, the Brainerd Warriors have to be better because of it with the postseason approaching.
HASTINGS—Alex Stone skied to a third-place finish in the Section 5 meet Thursday to qualify for state but unfortunately none of her Brainerd Warriors teammates will accompany her to state next week. Stone qualified for her fourth state appearance but the defending state and section champion Warrior girls team finished third at Afton Alps. Minnetonka captured the girls title with 314 points, Orono was runner-up with 292 and Brainerd third with 273.
Grace Erholtz Sport: Nordic skiing Year: Freshman Age: 14 Height: 5-9 Career highlight: Winning CLC freestyle title, qualifying for state Other sports: Softball, cross country Grade-point average: 4.0 Favorite class: English Favorite food: Pie Favorite movie: "Avengers" Favorite TV show: "Chopped" Hobbies: Reading, running, listening to music Favorite athlete: Zach Parise Parents: Sue Erholtz and Tony Erholtz She's been graceful while dashing through the snow on a pair of Nordic skis.
Bemidji 6, Warriors 4 The key: The Lumberjacks scored two goals in the final 3.5 minutes Section: Brd 3-4-0, Bem 7-1-0 Overall: Brd 12-9-1, Bem 18-2-2 Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud Apollo 7:15 p.m. Thursday. A heart-breaking defeat overshadowed a heart-pounding comeback.
After playing their ninth game in 24 days, the Brainerd Warriors appeared a little lethargic at the start of Thursday's Central Lakes Conference game against the Sartell Sabres. Brainerd went scoreless on its first four possessions and dropped behind 8-0. But the Warriors eventually got into the game and stormed to a 69-50 victory on their home court. "We haven't started fast often this year," Warriors coach Scott Stanfield said. "That's going to have to change if we get with a good team—that's going to hurt us.
Matt Fischer Sport: Hockey Position: Center Year: Sophomore Age: 16 Height: 5-8 Career highlight: Playing his first varsity home game Other sports: Golf Grade-point average: 3.983 Favorite class: Strength and Conditioning with Mr. Anderson Favorite food: Steak Favorite movie: "Miracle on Ice" Favorite TV show: "Impractical Jokers" Hobbies: Golfing, hunting, fishing Future plans: Attend college, play hockey Favorite hockey player: James Neal of Nashville Predators Parents: Eric and Sue Fischer
Who knows better how to beat a goalie than a former NHL goalie? Brainerd Warriors goalie coach Glenn "Chico Resch" played 14 years in the NHL with four different teams. Credit him with as assist on Jack Evans' goal on a penalty shot during the opening period of Thursday's 10-3 rout of the Willmar Cardinals at Essentia Health Sports Center. Evans was awarded a penalty shot when a player other than Willmar goaltender Caden Johnson covered the puck.
In a 7-game stretch, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 15, Brainerd's Olivia King was "Queen of the Crease." The Warriors' freshman goaltender has come of age the last half of the season, posting two shutouts and allowing just 10 goals in those seven games, while her team went 6-1-0 to move over the .500 mark.
Sartell/SR 5, Warriors 1 The key: The Storm'N'Sabres scored the last five goals of the game Conference: Brd 4-5-0, S 10-1-0 Overall: Brd 13-10-0, 16-5-0 Next: Willmar at Brainerd 7:15 p.m. Thursday If they wanted to play a home game in the quarterfinals of the Section 8-2A tournament, the Brainerd Warriors probably had to stun the Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm'N'Sabres.
Brainerd Warriors Head coach: Todd Person, fifth season Career record: 37-16-1 (.698) 2014-15 record: 11-2-0, third in state tournament Captains: Dalton Schreier, Cody Vleck, Jake Heikkenen, Jacob Heinlen Assistant coaches: Josh Fordyce, Eric Rohlfing Teams that are solid in net and build forward are destined for success.