ROCHESTER - Josh Archibald and Mitch McLain each scored two goals and Jared Stearns stopped 38 shots as the Brainerd Warriors repeated as champions in the Class AA division of the Kiwanis Festival with a 5-3 win over Fargo South on Thursday night.
Archibald scored short-handed in the first and his goal in the third gave Brainerd an insurance goal. McLain scored twice in the third, with his second goal the go-ahead tally.
"The boys showed a lot of character, heart and desire in the third period," Warriors coach Jim Archibald said. "We were not using a lot of bodies in this tournament but the boys dug down deep. That says a lot about the kids."
Aaron Rich scored the other Brainerd goal. Gaven Motschenbacher picked up two assists for the Warriors and Josh Archibald collected one as the Warriors improved to 9-3-0 overall.
Brainerd, which won its third straight game, was outshot 41-27.
Brainerd 1 1 3 - 5
Fargo South 0 2 1 - 3
First period: Brd-Josh Archibald shg 4:35
Second period: FS-Neal Griffin (Jarret Olson-Etches, Austin Raftevold) ppg 5:13; FS-Bill Carlson (Griffin-Raftevold) ppg 10:43; Brd-Aaron Rich, 11:54
Third period: Brd-Mitch McLain 1:35; FS-Bill Carlson (Olson-Etches) 2:11; Brd-McLain (Archibald, Motschenbacher 10:21; Brd-Archibald (McLain, Motschenbacher) 10:51.
Shots on goal: Brd 27, FS 41
Goalies: Brd-Jared Stearns (38 saves), FS-Evan Fiebiger (8 saves), Daniel Naylor (14 saves)
Overall: Brd 9-3-0. Next: Brainerd at Alexandria 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.