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Brainerd/Little Falls turns the shutout tables on White Bear Lake, advances in 2A

By JACK WARRICK, Special to the Star Tribune, 02/21/19, 3:00PM CST

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The Warriors scored four goals against Bears goaltender Calla Frank, who had not been scored on in section play.


Brainerd's Emma Booth (8) celebrated after scoring a goal in the third period to increase the Warriors' lead over White Bear Lake to 4-0. Photo: Shari L. Gross • shari.gross@startribune.com

Brainerd/Little Falls did what no team could do in section play against White Bear Lake and star goaltender Calla Frank.

Class 2A’s No. 3 seed scored four goals — the first allowed by Frank after three shutouts — and held White Bear Lake (13-13-3) scoreless in a 4-0 victory Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

“Anytime you have good goaltenders, traffic in front of the net is going to create problems for ‘em, and so we just continued to stress that,” said Brainerd/ Little Falls head coach Jim Ernster on how to beat Frank. “We told the girls to watch the White Bear-Hill (Murray) game, just to get a sense of familiarity.”

Frank, Star Tribune all-metro first team goalie, stopped all 115 shots she faced in the section tournament, shutting out three teams. Warriors forward Cheyenne Abear ended the streak with less than six minutes played in the first period. It proved to be all Brainerd/Little Falls (24-4-1) needed.

Brainerd/Little Falls did what no team could do in section play against White Bear Lake and top goaltender Calla Frank.

Class 2A's No. 3 seed scored four goals -- the first allowed by Frank after three shutouts -- and held the White Bear Lake (13-13-3) scoreless in a 4-0 victory Thursday at  Xcel Energy Center.

Brainerd/Little Falls (24-4-1)  scored twice in the first period, getting goals from Cheyenne Abear and Ella Kalusche. White Bear tallied just one shot on goal in the first period.

Brainerd/Little Falls junior forward Gabbie Smith scored just under 2 minutes into the second period for a 3-0 lead. Defense Emma Booth scored with 1:29 left in the third to finish the scoring.

Brainerd/Little Falls outshot the Bears 39-12.

White Bear Lake's Frank had a 2-0 shutout with 50 saves in the section final against Hill Murray. Frank tallied 35 saves on Thursday.

Brainerd/Little Falls will play No. 2 Andover (24-4-0) in the semifinal on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.

Check back later for more on the game.

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