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Girls hockey: Willmar rips Brainerd/LF 8-2

BRAINERD — The Willmar Cardinals stormed the opposing net for 38 shots and a season-high goal output in an 8-2 victory over Brainerd/Little Falls on Friday night.

Both teams were winless in Central Lakes games, so the win gets the Cardinals (1-8, 5-17-1) off the bottom with only today’s game at Paynesville against River Lakes left on their regular-season schedule.

Shelby Schneider and Annie Johnston, playing on an adjusted front line with  Miranda Roelofs, each scored a pair of goals raising each to 10 points produced in the last five contests.

Sophomore defender Mikala Erickson got her first varsity goal and so did Natasha Turrubiates, an eighth-grade forward.

Erickson’s unassisted power-play goal at 3:47 of the first frame opened the scoring. Riley Schneider, playing on the second line, with Kierra Miller and Jordan Sankey, scored in the third period when freshman Brooke Oveson   also scored.

“We were able to skate three lines and five defensemen because there was no JV game,” said Cardinals’ head coach JaColby Anderson.

Johnika Wodash saved 22 of 24 shots she faced from the Warriors/Flyers, who finish the regular season 0-13 in the CLC and 2-21 overall.

Willmar 8, Brainerd/LF 2

Willmar (1-8, 5-17-1)        2  3  3 — 8

Brainerd/LF (2-21, 0-11)                1  0  1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD – Wil: Mikala Erickson 3:47 pp … Wil:Annie Johnston (Miranda Roelofs) 14:21 … BLF: Kristina Anderson 14:37

SECOND PERIOD – Wil: Shelby Schneider (Johnston, Roelofs) 6:34 … Wil: Johnston (S. Schneider, R.Schneider) 8:30 … Wil: S. Schneider (Alex Sobieck) 14:23

THIRD PERIOD – Wil: R. Schneider (S. Schneider, Johnston) 3:15 … Wil:Natasha Turrubiates 3:28 … BLF: Taylor Cadwell (Mariah Lennderer) 6:15, sh … Wil: Brooke Oveson 14:49

GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Johnika Wodash 24-22 … Brainerd/Little Falls: Sara Wennerstrand 27-22, Fallon Yates 11-8

River Lakes 1,

Bemidji 1 OT

River Lakes held a one-goal most of the game but lost the lead late in the third period and tied Bemidji in a non-conference game Friday in Richmond.

Elle Anderson scored River Lakes’ goal and Stars goalie Shana Clark played well, making 28 saves.

The Stars play Willmar at 7:15 p.m. today in Paynesville.

Bemidji (8-10-4) 0 0 1 — 1

River Lakes (12-9-1)        1 0 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD – RL: Elle Anderson (Shaye Ruter-Cogelow) 11:10 pp

SECOND PERIOD – No scoring

THIRD PERIOD – B: Rachael Holm 15:20

OVERTIME – No scoring

GOALIE SHOTS-SAVES – Bemidji: Leighton Rockensock 18-17 … River Lakes: Shana Clark 29-28