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Girls Hockey: Pohlkamp's late goal gives Warriors victory

In the midst of a defensive struggle that appeared headed to overtime, Abby Pohlkamp provided the game-winner. The Brainerd/Little Falls junior forward tallied at 13:55 of the third period, off of assists from Emma Booth and Gabbie Smith, lifting...

Abby Pohlkamp
Abby Pohlkamp

 

In the midst of a defensive struggle that appeared headed to overtime, Abby Pohlkamp provided the game-winner.

The Brainerd/Little Falls junior forward tallied at 13:55 of the third period, off of assists from Emma Booth and Gabbie Smith, lifting the Warriors to a 2-1 win over the Grand Rapids/Greenway Lightning in a non-conference game Friday at Essentia Health Sports Center.

Pohlkamp was camped in front, took a pass from behind the net and jammed it past Lightning goalie Kiya Danielson.

"Gabbie Smith was taking it around the net, she passed it up to me, then Josie (Kramer) was screening the goalie in front, so I just kind of tapped it in," Pohlkamp said.

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The goal was her eighth, as well as her 12th point, of the season.

"Abby had a little bit of a slow start (to the season)," Warriors head coach Jim Ernster said, "but she's gotten better the last five games. She's really starting to play with a consistent effort, which is something we're looking for from all of our forwards right now and that's a matter of consistency.

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Warriors 2, GRG 1

  • The key: Abby Pohlkamp scored with 3:05 remaining to give BLF the victory
  • Overall: BLF 15-3, GRG 11-5-1
  • Next: St. Cloud Icebreakers vs. Brainerd/Little Falls at Brainerd 7:15 p.m. Tuesday

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"One thing we found over Christmas was our identity has to be about effort. If all of our forwards are playing with effort, we do just fine. When we don't play with constant effort, then we struggle a little bit. You can't even take 15 seconds off during the course of your shift. You've got to be 45 seconds on and get off. We've got plenty of depth. You've got to continuously utilize that and stress constant effort."

BLF outshot the Lightning 25-13, but it was just 10-9 for the Warriors through two. The Warriors also had 13 quality scoring chances to GRG's seven, but the majority of both team's shots were contested by the respective defenses.

Warrior goalie Olivia King needed to make just 12 saves while raising her record to 8-1. Nicole Schulz played in Thursday's 6-0 win at River Lakes.

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"That's what we got (Thursday) night with Nicole and we got it again with Olivia tonight," Ernster said. "Games like this are actually tougher for goalies because they like it when they can get in the flow of things and develop a rhythm themselves like players do. To all of a sudden go from standing 3-4 minutes and all of a sudden you've got a flurry of 30-45 seconds in your zone, that's much tougher on a goalie. That's between the ears. Olivia's very mentally resilient so tonight was not surprising."

Ella Kalusche put the Warriors on the board with an unassisted backhander from a sharp angle that snuck behind Danielson at 4:35 of the first.

The Lightning tied it 1-1 when Ellie Tillma's shot tumbled into the cage after glancing off of King.

Class 2A's 10th-ranked BLF raised its overall record to 15-3 despite not being able to cash in on six power plays.

"Quite honestly that took me a little bit by surprise because we played so well (Thursday) night," Ernster said. "It certainly wasn't a conditioning thing. That's kind of between the ears.

"We've spent a lot of time in the last probably 10 days on the power play. We've tried some different combinations, then it's a matter of executing them. It's not just showing up out there and hoping that plays get made. You have to actually execute the plays, and we didn't. It was sloppy. It was not pretty."

 

GR/Greenway 1 0 0-1

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Brainerd/LF 1 0 1-2

First period: BLF-Ella Kalusche 4:35; GRG-Ellie Tillma (Ty Bischoff, Sadie Peart) 10:43

Third period: BLF-Abby Pohlkamp (Emma Booth, Gabbie Smith) 13:55

Shots on goal: BLF 8-2-15--25, GRG 4-5-4--13

Goalies: BLF-Olivia King (12 saves); GRG-Kiya Danielson (23 saves).

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