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Adapted Floor Hockey: Warriors defeat Rams in conference opener

MOUNDS VIEW--Tate Boelter scored the first two goals of his career and Jake Heikkenen notched a hat trick for the Brainerd Warriors who opened their North Conference season with a 9-4 victory over the Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville Rams Wednesday.

MOUNDS VIEW-Tate Boelter scored the first two goals of his career and Jake Heikkenen notched a hat trick for the Brainerd Warriors who opened their North Conference season with a 9-4 victory over the Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville Rams Wednesday.

Brach Delcastillo also scored twice for the Warriors while Matt Allord and Karlee Schuler added lone goals.

Cody Vleck and Jacob Elias split time in net recording nine and four saves respectively for Brainerd which outshot the Rams 46-16.

"After a slow start defensively, Jake Heikkenen put in a short-handed goal to tie the game and our players seemed to settle down," said Brainerd head coach Todd Person. "They started to move the puck better and control the floor.

"Tate Boelter scored his first goal of his career (in the second period) and followed that with his second 40 seconds later," Person said. "Karlee Schuler saw significant minutes out of her regular defensive position and after many attempts was able to put a goal in off a nice pass from Jacob Heinlen."

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Brainerd won the Rochester Tournament Jan. 7 and is 4-0.

"The team knows they are going to need to work hard in preparation for next Monday's

home opener against Anoka which is always a good match-up for us," said Person.

Mounds View 2 0 1-4

Brainerd 3 3 3-9

First period: MVIR-Grant Drew 0:37; Brd-Brach Delcastillo (Tate Boelter) 2:57; MVIR-Thomas Scheller (Drew) 3:49; Brd-Jake Heikkenen (Blaise Edinger) shg 5:27; Brd-Heikkenen (Karlee Schuler) 14:13

Second period: Brd-Matt Allord shg 4:18; Brd-Tate Boelter (Maddox Canon) 8:10; Brd-Boelter 8:50

Third period: MVIR-Drew 0:22; Brd-Heikkenen (Tre'Von Otey);Brd-Delcastillo 5:21; Brd-Schuler (Jacob Heinlen) 10:49

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Shots on goal: Brd 45, MVIR 16

Goalies: Brd-Cody Vleck (9 saves), Jacob Elias (4 saves); MVIR-Luke Kostecky (36 saves)

Conference: Brd 1-0. Overall: Brd 4-0. Next: Anoka-Hennepin vs. Brainerd at Riverside Elementary 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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