Floor Hockey: Warriors make it 41 straight
Spencer Thompson was all good Thursday, Feb. 28, at Riverside Elementary in Brainerd. The freshman defenseman for the Brainerd Warriors collected his first career hat trick and helped the Brainerd Warriors finish the regular season a perfect 10-0...
Spencer Thompson was all good Thursday, Feb. 28, at Riverside Elementary in Brainerd.
The freshman defenseman for the Brainerd Warriors collected his first career hat trick and helped the Brainerd Warriors finish the regular season a perfect 10-0 with a 15-3 victory over Mounds View.
Thompson was joined by Karlee Schuler in the hat trick department as the two completed their three-goal performance with their final scores coming in the third period.
Brainerd, which has won 41-straight games dating back to 2016, scored five goals in each period.
When asked what it's like to score a hat trick, Thompson was to the point.
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Warriors 15, Mounds View 3
- Key: Brainerd scored five goals in each period
- Conf: Brd 7-0
- Overall: Brd 10-0
- Next: North No. 1 Brainerd vs. the South Conference No. 4 seed in the state tournament at Bloomington Jefferson 5 p.m. Friday, March 15.
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The first-year varsity player opened the second period with a shot past the Mounds View wheelchair defense at 2:23 to give Brainerd a 6-2 edge. The Rams answered almost two minutes later to cut their deficit to three goals.
That's when Thompson smoked a shot over both wheelchair defenders and under the crossbar from about 15 feet away.
"The one that I shot down here, it went right over the guy," Thompson said. "I didn't know that was going to actually happen. I really wasn't trying to shoot it."
Three minutes later Sierra Hartung scored her second goal of the game off a rebound. Schuler registered her second goal off an assist from Kadyn Robinson to hand Brainerd a 10-3 lead after two periods.
"We really spend a lot of time, day in and day out, with just stick handling and stick work and passing," Warriors head coach Todd Person said. "We run into a lot of teams that aren't used to seeing people that can forehand and backhand. We really stressed that a lot. We point it out to our kids that if you can backhand a shot there are a lot of opportunities that are there."
Brainerd's ability to score early in each of the three periods was key. Brach Delcastillo smacked in two quick goals to start the third. His first was a rebound, while his second was set up by the passing of center Matt Allord.
Brainerd's passing was on point, Thompson said.
"Being able to stay in your position, or where you're supposed to be at is important," Thompson said. "Everybody knows what to do when you get the puck and being able to pass the puck at all times."
Brainerd finished with 19 assists and only two of its goals were unassisted.
"We knew we had to give some other players a lot of time on the floor just to keep things from getting out of hand," Person said.
Alex Goedker scored his second goal right before it was time to toss the hats as Thompson collected his third goal with four minutes left and Schuler recorded hers with a minute left.
Eight different Warriors scored and three more added assists for Brainerd, which downed Mounds View 12-3 Feb. 12
"As long as we can keep the kids healthy and things like that we should be just fine," Person said.
When asked how fun this season has been, Thompson summed it up perfectly
For more photos of the clash between the Brainerd Warriors and Mounds View, go to https://bit.ly/2EkBnIB .
Mounds View 2 1 0-3
Brainerd 5 5 5-15
First period: Brd-Sierra Hartung (Spencer Thompson) 0:15; MV-Morgan Ouellette (Thomas Scheller) 1:15; Brd-Alex Goedker (Sierra Hartung) 5:41; MV-Thomas Scheller (Henry Talerico) 8:38, Brd-Tre'Von Otey (Matt Allord) 7:50; Brd-Allord (Otey) 9:48; Brd-Karlee Schuler (Allord, Blaise Edinger) 10:51; Brd-Otey (Schuler) 11:21
Second period: Brd-Spencer Thompson (Tate Boelter) 2:23; MV-Thomas Scheller (Morgan Ouellette) 4:15; Brd-Thompson 5:04; Brd-Hartung (Schuler, Brach Delcastillo) 8:04; Brd-Schuler (Kadyn Robinson) 13:02
Third period: Brd-Delcastillo 0:29; Brd-Delcastillo (Allord, Robinson) 1:22; Brd-Alex Goedker (Thompson) 2:08; Brd-Thompson (Robinson, Allord) 4:00; Brd-Schuler (Hartung, Boelter)
Shots on goal: Brd 9-7-9-25, MV 6-5-3-14
Goalies: Brd-Boelter (4 saves), Brd- Edinger (7 saves); MV-Luke Kostecky (10 saves)