ROBBINSDALE — Tied 2-2 after two periods, the Brainerd Warriors were undone by penalties in the third and lost 8-4 to Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound West in the final regular-season game for Brainerd on Thursday.
“The difference is we had nine penalties not including our warnings,” said Brainerd coach Bruce Thompson. “We had five penalties in the third period alone. We played short-handed 10 of the 15 minutes in the third period.”
Brainerd ends the regular season 8-2, its only other loss also coming at the hands of undefeated Robbinsdale 6-0 on Feb. 10.
Austin Annable and Brock Saatzer scored for the Warriors in the first period while Brennen Myers and Wes Blomberg found the net in the third.
Robbinsdale exploded for four goals in just over three minutes to take a 6-2 lead at the 5:59 mark in the final period.
Brainerd goalie Anna Wahl was credited with 14 saves as the Warriors outshot Robbinsdale 30-21.
“We played a good team, really we were in this game until we got into the penalty situation,” said Thompson. “Clearly, we can play with these guys, but we can’t play short-handed.”
Brainerd 2 0 2 — 4
Robbinsdale/H/MW 2 0 6 — 8
First period: Brd-Austin Annable 4:48, R-Mike Madson (Harrison Lerner) 10:43, R-Joe Besner 11:00, Brd-Brock Saatzer (Tyler Theien) 13:36
Third period: R-Besner 2:22, R-Besner (Andy Madson) 4:37, R-Besner (Madson, Lerner) 5:15, R-Madson (Lerner) 5:49, Brd-Brennen Myers 5:59, R-Lerner 8:15, R-Mike Madson 10:30, Brd-Wes Blomberg 11:51
Shots on goal: Brd: 10 7 13 — 30, R: 6 4 11 — 21
Goalies: Brd-Anna Wahl 14, R-Charlie Wittmer 17
Conference: Brd 8-2-0. Overall: Brd 8-2-0. Next: Brainerd in state tournament March 18-19 at Bloomington Jefferson High School.