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Girls Hockey: Warriors wrap up regular season with victory over Spuds

Cheyenne Abear and Gabbie Smith each scored a pair of goals for the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors who wrapped up regular-season play with a 5-2 victory over the Moorhead Spuds at Essentia Health Sports Center in a Section 8-2A matchup Saturday.

Cheyenne Abear and Gabbie Smith each scored a pair of goals for the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors who wrapped up regular-season play with a 5-2 victory over the Moorhead Spuds at Essentia Health Sports Center in a Section 8-2A matchup Saturday.

The Warriors finished the regular season 20-5 with four consecutive wins and are 8-3 against section opponents, their only section losses to St. Cloud and twice to Roseau. BLF beat Moorhead 6-0 earlier in the regular season.

The Warriors outshot the Spuds 35-13 Saturday and made good on four of six power play opportunities.

Abear opened the scoring with eight seconds left in the first on a power play assisted by Smith and Abby Pohlkamp.

After Moorhead put in the equalizer 55 seconds into the second period, Pohlkamp found the net on another power play assisted by Abear and Smith midway through the period.

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With a minute and a half remaining in the middle stanza, it was Smith's turn to score on an unassisted power play.

Smith added an even-strength goal in the third with an assist from Abear who then wrapped up the scoring with an empty-netter on a power play in the final minute.

BLF goalie Olivia King turned aside 11 of the 13 shots she faced.

The Warriors play in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals next Saturday against an opponent that will be determined at Wednesday's seeding by coaches' vote.

Moorhead 0 1 1-2

Brainerd/LF 1 2 2-5

First period: BLF-Cheyenne Abear (Gabbie Smith, Abby Pohlkamp) ppg 16:52

Second period: M-Brenna Mjoness (Kylie Harron, Brianna Krejci) ppg 0:55; BLF-Abby Pohlkamp (Abear, G. Smith) 5:22; BLF-G. Smith ppg 15:32

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Third period: M-Makayla Keller (Ava Kistner) 5:18; BLF-G. Smith (Abear) 8:18; BLF-Abear ppg eng 16:36

Shots on goal: BLF 35, M 13

Goalies: BLF-Olivia King (11 saves); M-Paige Schmidt (30 saves)

Overall: BLF 20-5. Next: BLF in Section 8-2A quarterfinals Saturday TBA.

Related Topics: GIRLS HOCKEY
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