ST. CLOUD - Josh Archibald scored two goals and collected two assists as the Brainerd Warriors scored six goals in the final two periods en route to a 7-3 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in a Central Lakes Conference game Thursday night at the National Hockey Center.
"We had some opportunities in the first period, but their goaltender made some great saves," Warriors coach Jim Archibald said. "We went into the locker room and felt that our guys could put forth a better effort ... they came out in the second period and did that."
Archibald scored in the first and second periods, with assists in the second and third. Matt Pohlkamp added two goals for the Warriors and Mitch McLain added three assists.
"Those three guys log a lot of ice time, and they're getting a lot of opportunities and chances and they've managed to sling it into the net," Jim Archibald said. "Our second line has been a bit snakebit - They've had opportunities but have been unable to bury the puck."
Jeff Grimsley, Aaron Rich, and Mason Fussy each added goals for the Warriors while Jared Stearns recorded 23 saves in net to drop the Eagles to 0-4 overall.
The Eagles cut the Warriors' lead to one before Brainerd went on a 3-0 scoring run over the final nine minutes to close out the win.
"We were more consistent than we have been in the past," Jim Archibald said. "(Consistency) is something we're going to continue to work on, day in and day out. Probably the last nine minutes of the game were the best nine minutes we've played in the last three games."
Brainerd 1 3 3 - 7
St. Cloud Apollo 1 1 1 - 3
First period: SCA-Jared Christen (Derek Karnik, Roger Zwilling) 9:47; Brd-Josh Archibald 16:32
Second period: Brd-Jeff Grimsley (Mason Fussy, Aaron Rich) 4:25; SCA-Bryan Benson (Trent Imdieke) 11:20; Brd-Archibald (Mitch McLain, Jackson Walters) 13:12; Brd-Matthew Pohlkamp (Archibald, Rich) 16:00
Third period: SCA-Bryan Benson (Brandon Bloch, Jared Christen) 6:26; Brd-Rich (Grimsley, Fussy) 13:49; Brd-Pohlkamp (Archibald, McLain) 15:54; Brd-Fussy (McLain) 16:54
Shots on goal: Brd 37, SCA 26
Goalies: Brd-Jared Stearns (23 saves), SCA Reese Gregory (37 saves)
Conference: Brd 2-1-0. Overall: Brd 6-1-0. Next: Brainerd at Moorhead 7:30 p.m. Saturday.