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Adapted Floor Hockey: Vleck's hat trick sets tone in Warrior victory

ANOKA--It took just over two minutes for Brainerd senior Cody Vleck to notch a hat trick and the unbeaten Warriors went on to defeat Anoka-Hennepin 12-7 for their third win over the Mustangs this season in a North Conference game Monday.

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ANOKA-It took just over two minutes for Brainerd senior Cody Vleck to notch a hat trick and the unbeaten Warriors went on to defeat Anoka-Hennepin 12-7 for their third win over the Mustangs this season in a North Conference game Monday.

Vleck assisted on three other goals to finish with six points and freshman Matt Allord picked up five points on four goals and an assist.

Vleck's third goal 2:02 into the game put Brainerd up 3-1 before Anoka-Hennepin's Tyler Ezell ripped off four unanswered scores to give the Mustangs a brief 4-3 lead.

"The starting group, once again, came out strong," said Brainerd head coach Todd Person. "After Cody's third goal in the first two minutes of the game, we changed the lineup and Anoka's center, Tyler Ezell, did everything he could to keep Anoka in the game."

Goals by Blaise Edinger and Maddox Canon put Brainerd back in front, but Ezell responded with his fifth goal of the period for a 5-5 tie.

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Then it was Allord's turn to take charge. The Warrior freshman netted two goals in the last 10 seconds of the first period and added two more in the first 48 seconds of the second for a 9-5 Brainerd lead.

"Our depth was able to control the game from that point on," said Person. "Anoka changed up their defensive strategy tonight, but I felt our players made the adjustments they needed to make, and were still able to get the puck movement we strive for. Tonight we saw what we've seen all season with this team as they move to the right spots and play unselfishly throughout the entire game."

Edinger found the net for his second score and goals by Jake Heikkenen and Tre'Von Otey led to a 12-6 lead at the second intermission.

Ezell, who scored all seven Anoka-Hennepin goals, was held to just one score in each of the final two periods.

Brainerd held a 28-19 shots-on-goal advantage with netminder Karlee Schuler recording 12 saves.

"Jacob Heinlen and Jake Heikkenen have not put up the numbers they are used to seeing, but their leadership on the floor is what gives us the upper hand game after game," said Person. "When they are on the floor together they do a phenomenal job of keeping the puck in our offensive zone and controlling the tempo on defense, especially when we play the younger players up front."

The Warriors, who are the defending state champions, beat Anoka-Hennepin 9-5 and 10-4 earlier this season, and are 9-0 in the North Conference, 12-0 overall. They wrap up their regular season Feb. 28 with a home game at 4:30 p.m. vs. Mounds View at Riverside Elementary.

Anoka-Hennepin 5 1 1-7

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Brainerd 7 5 0-12

First period: Brd-Cody Vleck (Jake Heikkenen) 0:19; Brd-Vleck (Matt Allord) 0:45; AH-Tyler Ezell 1:41; Brd-Vleck 2:02; AH-Ezell 5:05; AH-Ezell 6:38; AH-Ezell 7:08; Brd-Blaise Edinger 8:14; Brd-Maddox Canon (Tre'Von Otey) 8:55; AH-Ezell 10:25; Brd-Allord (Vleck) 14:50; Brd-Allord (Vleck, Heikkenen) 14:57

Second period: Brd-Allord (Edinger) 0:32; Brd-Allord (Edinger) 0:48; Brd-Edinger (Cannon) 5:43; AH-Ezell 10:25; Brd-Heikkenen (Vleck) 12:41; Brd-Otey 14:58

Third period: AH-Ezell 1:33

Shots on goal: Brd 28, AH 19

Goalies: Brd-Karlee Schuler (12 saves); AH-Ashanti Lacy (14 saves)

Conference: Brd 9-0. Overall: Brd 12-0. Next: Mounds View vs. Brainerd at Riverside Elementary 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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