CROOKSTON — The Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors were unable to find the net losing 6-0 to the Crookston Pirates in the non-conference, season opener for both squads.
The Warriors trailed 2-0 after the first period before Brianna Breiland scored two goals and assisted on a third in less than a minute in the second stanza to put the game away.
Breiland added another goal in the third to complete the hat trick.
“I kept telling the girls to keep our attitude and not look at the scoreboard,” said Brainerd’s first-year head coach Stephanie Sustercich. “They played with a lot of energy right to the last second. I was very proud of them.”
Warrior goalie Jodi Bertrand turned away 15 of 21 shots.
Brainerd/LF 0 0 0 — 0
Crookston 2 3 1 — 6
First period: C-Amber Trostad 3:13, C-Sabrina Delorme (Caitlin Wahouske) 15:00
Second period: C-Brianna Breiland 6:25, C-Abby Parr (Breiland) 6:39, C-Breiland (Kaitlin Spivey)
Third period: C-Breiland (Wahouske) 9:31
Shots on goal: BLF 12, C 21
Goalies: BLF: Jodie Bertrand (15 saves), C: Rachel Biermaier (12 saves)
Overall: BLF 0-1. Next: Brainerd at East Grand Forks 2 p.m. Saturday.