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Brainerd/Little Falls defeats North Wright County (again) in rematch

By Heather Rule, SportsEngine, 12/26/18, 8:30AM CST

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With the win, the Warriors have won four straight games and advance to the semifinal round at the Walser Invitational.

Brainerd/Little Falls senior Abby Pohlkamp chases the play into the corner against North Wright County Wednesday afternoon. Pohlkamp scored the game winner as the Warriors defeated the River Hawks 3-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Brainerd/Little Falls senior Abby Pohlkamp chases the play into the corner against North Wright County Wednesday afternoon. Pohlkamp scored the game winner as the Warriors defeated the River Hawks 3-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Brainerd/Little Falls senior Ella Kalusche breaks in alone against North Wright County Wednesday afternoon. Kalusche had goal for the Warriors in their 3-2 victory over the River Hawks. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Brainerd/Little Falls senior Ella Kalusche breaks in on a rush against North Wright County Wednesday afternoon. Kalusche had a goal for the Warriors in their 3-2 victory over the River Hawks. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Same two teams, different venue, same result.

Brainerd/Little Falls, ranked No. 10 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, pushed its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over No. 16-2A North Wright County in the quarterfinals of the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational on Wednesday at Braemar Arena in Edina.

The Warriors (10-2-1, 5-0-0) gave up the first goal but scored the next three en route to beating the River Hawks (10-4-0, 4-1-0), a team they defeated 4-2 on Dec. 18 in Brainerd. Three different goal scorers contributed to the scoresheet for Brainerd/Little Falls.

Even though they played a little more than a week ago with a similar score, the games didn’t feel all that similar to Warriors senior goaltender Olivia King.

“I think it took us a while to get into it,” King said. “Usually our first period’s a little rough, and definitely after Christmas.”

First Report

Same two teams, different venue, same result.

Brainerd/Little Falls, ranked No. 10 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, pushed its winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over No. 16-2A North Wright County in the quarterfinals of the 12th annual Walser Girls Hockey Invitational on Wednesday at Braemar Arena in Edina.

The Warriors (10-2-1, 5-0-0) gave up the first goal but scored the next three on en route to beating the River Hawks (10-4-0, 4-1-0), a team they defeated 4-2 on Dec. 18 in Brainerd. Three different goal scorers, including senior forward Abby Pohlkamp, contributed to the scoresheet for Brainerd. Pohlkamp's tally — the game winner — was her 12th of the season.

In goal, Warriors senior Olivia King stopped 26 shots, while North Wright County junior Anna LaRose made 16 saves for the River Hawks.

North Wright County's MacKenzie Bourgerie looks for a teammate as she crosses the blue line against Brainerd/Little Falls. The River Hawks fell to the Warriors 3-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

North Wright County's MacKenzie Bourgerie looks for a teammate as she crosses the blue line against Brainerd/Little Falls. The River Hawks fell to the Warriors 3-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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