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Boys Hockey: Brainerd tops Cards 6-1

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

BRAINERD -- Aaron Rich had a hat trick for Brainerd and the Warriors rolled past Willmar 6-1 in a Central Lakes Conference game on Thursday.

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"They're a very good team," Willmar coach Dan Tollefson said. "Their top line leads the state in scoring."

Brainerd (11-0, 18-3) led 1-0 at the end of the first period after Rich's first goal at 12:53, but the Warriors turned it on in the second and netted three more goals.

"It got away from us in the second period," Tollefson said.

T.J. Mattison picked up the lone goal for Willmar (3-9, 8-14) at 6:41 in the second period.

Derek Baker had 34 saves in the net for the Cardinals.

Brainerd 6, Willmar 1

Willmar (3-9, 8-14) 0 1 0 -- 1

Brainerd (11-0, 18-3) 1 3 2 -- 6

FIRST PERIOD - B: Aaron Rich (Matt Pohlkamp) 12:53

SECOND PERIOD - B: Logan Rivard (Mitchell McLain, Thomas Stoxen) 4:54, B: Cole Smith (Rich, Matt Pohlkamp) 4:54, W: T.J. Mattison (Zech Streed) 6:41, B: Rich (Matt Pohlkamp)

THIRD PERIOD - B: McLain (Matt Pohlkamp, Chris Pohlkamp) 1:01, B: Rich (Matt Pohlkamp)

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Derek Baker 34 ... Brainerd: Jared Stearns 17

Wright County

Waconia 7,

Litchfield/D-C 4

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato lost a three-goal first-period lead and then failed to hold onto a second-period lead and lost to Waconia Thursday at the Waconia Ice Arena.

The Dragons have dropped 15 straight games and are 0-9 in the Wright County Conference and 5-16 overall.

LDC (0-9 5-16) 3 1 0 -- 4

Waconia (4-5 14-7-1) 3 2 2 -- 7

FIRST PERIOD - W: Tanner Riebel (Ryan Mattson) 4:47 pp ... L: Mike Spreiter (Jed Nikula) 10:09 pp ... L: Max Hyberger Nikula, John Raisanen) 11:00 pp ... L: Kent Ryynanen (Spreiter, Nikula) 14:21 ... W: Riebel 16:35 ... Mattson (Justin Reinke) 16:47

SECOND PERIOD - L: Raisanen (Spreiter, Chad Johnson) 2:35 pp ... W: Kyle Kauma (Blaine Wilsey, Kevin Kittleson 7:19 pp ... W: Mattson (Riebel, Brady Hed) 11:55

THIRD PERIOD - W: Wilsey (Kittleson) 1:15 ... W: Riebel (Justin Reinke) 15:58 enx

GOALIE SAVES - Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Braeden Wahl 37 ... Waconia: Nathan Kovach 48

Non-Conference

Breckenridge/W 7,

Morris/Benson Area 2

Cody Bronson scored four times for Breckenridge/Wahpeton and the Blades beat Morris/Benson Area 7-2 in a non-conference game Thursday.

Brody Gimberlin and Tanner Picht netted goals for the Storm (5-13-1).

B/W (7-2) 2 2 3 -- 7

MBA (5-13-1) 1 0 1 -- 2

FIRST PERIOD - B: Cody Bronson (Jake Richels) 6:48, B: Jordan Olson (Austin Klug) 8:36, M: Brody Gimberlin (Darion Helberg, Luke Schwarz) 10:48

SECOND PERIOD - B: Olson (Brandon Wixo, Eric Christensen) :24, B: Bronson (Christensen, Olson) 13:23

THIRD PERIOD - B: Bronson :08, B: Bronson (Christensen) 8:00, B: Brett Pietron (Austin Hagstrom) 9:33, M: Tanner Picht (Schwarz, Corey Storck) 13:21

GOALIE SAVES - Breckenridge/Wahpeton: Michael Withuski 18 ... Morris/Benson Area: Matt Huot 29

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