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Girls Hockey: Peterson plucks 2 pucks in net to lead Warriors to win

The Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors hosted Buffalo Thursday, Nov. 10.

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Brainerd/Little Falls' Macy Peterson skates with the puck against Buffalo on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.
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BRAINERD — Macy Peterson seems to be in midseason form despite being the first game of the season.

The senior forward scored both Brainerd/Little Falls goals in a 2-1 victory over Section 8-2A opponent Buffalo Thursday, Nov. 10, at Essentia Health Sports Center.

Peterson’s second goal broke a 1-1 tie with 6:01 remaining.

“We were just passing it around and Mercedes passed it to me from the corner and I just one-timed it into the right corner and it went in,” Macy Peterson said.

The Warriors' first power-play opportunity of the season turned into the game’s first goal as Macy Peterson powered in the puck less than four minutes into the first period for BLF’s 1-0 first-period lead.

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Peterson’s goal was assisted by junior Molly Pohlkamp and senior defenseman Lucy Peterson.

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Brainerd/Little Falls' Josie Kappes takes the puck up the ice against Buffalo on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.
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“We’ve been working on this new power play and Molly passed it to me from behind the net and their defense wasn’t there so I one-timed it and it went in,” Macy Peterson said.

The Warriors dominated play the entire period and outshot the Bison 13-0.

“I liked our girls’ start in that first period,” Warrior head coach Tate Rusk said. “Not allowing Buffalo to get any shots in that first period was an awesome thing to see. Now, I would love to change our second period. We had a lull there and we told our girls in the second that if you let a team hang around it’s going to bite you and that’s what happened.

“Give it to Buffalo, they never stopped. They just kept coming with every line. We got a little bit of a reality check there and we just needed to get pucks on net and have a lot of positive talk. Nothing negative. I think that’s what helped us out and it helped that Macy Peterson showed up tonight and scored some big goals for us.”

Hannah Neuwirth was a crossbar away from her first varsity goal to start the second period. Two minutes later the crossbar saved the Bison again.

BLF battled off a Bison power play, which resulted in Buffalo getting five shots on Warrior goalie Breya Sawyer. The four-year varsity veteran denied all five shots.

Lucy Peterson put a shot on net at the 6:30 mark that went over the stick shoulder of Bison goalie Ava Jovan and narrowly trickled away from the net.

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The Warriors outshot Buffalo 15-5 in the second period.

“Our defense played outstanding,” Rusk said. “We only played four so they had to be tired. They knew they were going to be logging big ice tonight. I’m proud of all four of our defensemen. They got the hard-working chain tonight. It will be fun to see if they can get four heads into that chain (a traveling trophy of sorts given after the game).”

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Pohlkamp started the third period with another crossbar deflection. Buffalo’s senior captain Anna Kuba had a breakaway near the 15-minute mark, but her shot went high. A minute later freshman Avery Corbin didn’t make the same mistake as she tied the game 1-1 on an unassisted goal.

The score came after a loud collision in the Buffalo zone. Corbin took the puck up ice, fended off a Warrior defender and snuck her shot past Sawyer.

BLF then killed off their second penalty following the goal.

“I tell our girls every time we get on the kill to use it as a motivator,” Rusk said. “If we pull it off we should be excited to get back out there. We try to tell our girls to build off a kill.

“As far as our power play goes, I’m extremely happy with it, especially with us doing a new system this year. We have a new power-play coach in Jerr Johnson and he’s done a great job with it.”

Then Peterson untied the game to hand Brainerd the section win.

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“It feels really good to start the season with a win,” Macy Peterson said. “We’ve been working hard and we just need to bear down and work as a team. We lost four good girls from last year, but our expectations were high coming into this game. It’s a section game and we only get to play them once so we got it done.”

Buffalo 0 0 1 -- 1

Brainerd/LF 1 0 1 -- 2

First period: BLF-Macy Peterson (Molly Pohlkamp, Lucy Peterson) ppg 3:53

Third period: Buf-Avery Corbin 2:58; BLF-Macy Peterson (Mercedes Engstrom, Josie Kappes) 10:59

Shots on goal: BLF 13-15-9 -- 37, Buf 0-5-8 -- 13

Power plays: Brd 1-1, Buf 2-0

Goalies: BLF-Breya Sawyer (12 saves); Buf-Ava Jovan (35 saves)

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 218-855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop.

Warriors 2, Buffalo 1

Key: Macy Peterson scored two goals to lift Warriors.

Overall: BLF 1-0, Buf 0-1

Next: Brainerd/Little Falls hosts Wayzata 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

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