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East 6, Warriors 2 The key: The Greyhounds scored the game's last three goals Overall: Brd 9-7-1, DE 9-5-1 Next: Bemidji at Brainerd 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In his third season as Brainerd's head coach, Dave Aus' objective is to play the best competition possible and hopefully take the Warriors' program to an elite level. The Duluth East Greyhounds, 22-time state tournament entrants, put on a clinic with their physical play, speed, skating and crisp passing on their way to a 6-2 victory Friday at Essentia Health Sports Center.
Warriors 4, Roseau 3 The key: BLF scored three second-period goals Overall: BLF 19-2, R 11-7-1 Section: BLF 10-1, R 4-2 Next: Brainerd/Little Falls at Cloquet 7:30 p.m. Monday. With four games remaining in the regular season, the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors just need to maintain some semblance of their current play.
In her two previous seasons as a varsity hockey player, Ally Smith was far and away the leading scorer for the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors. This season she remains a player opposing teams focus on stopping, but the Warriors now have numerous options and weapons who can bury the puck and ease some of the load on the senior center. Following Tuesday's 5-2 win at Princeton, Smith leads the team with 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points, but five teammates have at least 21 points—Abby Pohlkamp has 37, Lindsey Booth 34, Gabbie Smith 33, Cheyenne Abear 29 and Sophie Robinson 21. That balance has helped BLF win 18 of its first 19 games.
Warriors 10, Otters 1 The key: BLF scored six goals in the second period Conference: Brd 8-0-0, FF 2-6-0 Overall: Brd 16-1-0, FF 9-8-0 Next: Brainerd/Little Falls at Minnetonka 2 p.m. Saturday Balanced scoring. Defense. Goaltending. Depth. Speed. The Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors have all of those qualities and all were evident in a 10-1 dismantling of the Fergus Falls Otters Thursday at Essentia Health Sports Center.
Michael Russell Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-3 Career highlight: Scoring 1,000th career point against Willmar Grade-point average: 3.3 Favorite class: Math Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: "ESPN SportsCenter" Hobbies: Playing basketball Future plans: Attend college, hopes to play basketball Favorite basketball player: Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder Parents: Jim and Nancy Russell
With the graduation of four Brainerd Warrior starters from last season, much of the scoring responsibility for this season has been thrust on the shoulders of Michael Russell. The senior guard has responded. Through 10 games, the 6-foot-3 Russell is averaging 21.4 points per game. He has scored 20 points in seven games. Included in his offensive output was the 1,000th point of his career. Russell is one of only 11 players in program history to score 1,000. “It’s pretty special because not a lot of kids have done it,” Russell said.
Roseau 7, Warriors 1 The key: The Rams scored five special teams goals Section: Brd 3-2, R 4-0 Overall: Brd 7-5-1, R 9-3 Next: Bloomington Jefferson at Brainerd 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Put any opponent on the power play 10 times and you're bound to pay—dearly. The Roseau Rams made Brainerd pay Friday as they popped in four power-play goals and added a shorty as they skated to a 7-1 victory over the Warriors at Essentia Health Sports Center.
For the first time in program history, the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team will open its season in a tournament. The Rochester Tournament will be a stern test for the Warriors, who play Robbinsdale at 6 p.m. Friday followed by Saturday games against Rochester and defending state champion Dakota United. Last year Robbinsdale finished third at state and Rochester was the consolation champion. "The kids are really excited," Warriors coach Todd Person said. "I feel like they've gotten better in practice the way they've been working. They're ready to go. It will be fun to start off against Robbinsdale."
Mitch Andres Sport: Hockey Position: Defense Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-2 Career highlight: Beating Moorhead at home in overtime this season Grade-point average: 3.5 Favorite class: Novels Favorite food: Pizza Favorite movie: "Miracle" Favorite TV show: "How I Met Your Mother" Favorite app: Twitter Future plans: Hopes to play junior hockey Favorite hockey player: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty Parents: Lee and Michelle Andres
After nine seasons as head coach of the Brainerd Warriors volleyball program, Jared Diem's contract as coach was terminated effective Nov. 17 along with the contracts of his assistant coaches. Warriors activities director Charlie Campbell thanked Diem for his years of service and added that a search for a successor is underway.