A pair of goals by Emily Stark kept Brainerd/Little Falls close for two periods, but the Flying Warriors cooled off in the third losing 6-3 to Class 1A’s 19th-ranked Alexandria Cardinals in a Central Lakes Conference game Thursday at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Maren Brown opened the scoring in the first on a power-play goal assisted by Zoe Wolhart
Three third-period goals by Alexandria’s Becca Illies sealed the win for the Cardinals, who outshot Brainerd 11-5 in the final period.
Brainerd’s Jodi Bertrand registered 24 saves.
Alexandria 2 1 3 — 6
Brainerd/Little Falls 1 2 0 — 3
First period: BLF-Maren Brown (Zoe Wolhart) pp 6:16, A-Melissa Drown (Heather Hvezda, Stephanie Drown) 7:36, A-Taylor Ellingson (Brook Aaberg) 9:01
Second period: B-Emily Stark sh 7:16, A-Shelby Iverson (Britni Delcastillo, Nicole Bartels) 15:06, B-Stark (CJ Kendall, Kayla Strickland) pp 16:50
Third period: A-Becca Illies (Bartels, Aaberg) sh 5:53, A-Illies (Delcastillo, Shanee Herd) 9:59, A-Illies (Delcastillo, Hvezda) 15:23
Shots on goal: BLF 20, A 30
Goalies: BLF-Jodi Bertrand (24 saves); A-Stephanie Drown (17 saves);
Conference: BLF 3-6. Overall: BLF 3-18. Next: Brainerd/Little Falls vs. St. Cloud Icebreakers at Municipal Athletic Complex 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.