BEMIDJI -- Goals in the final 4:20 of the third period by Logan Rivard and an empty netter by Matt Pohlkamp locked up a 5-2 victory for the third-seeded Brainerd Warriors over the No. 2 Bemidji Lumberjacks in the semifinals of the Section 8-2A tournament Saturday afternoon.
Following a scoreless first period the Warriors pumped in three unanswered goals, which were scored by Aaron Rich, Cole Smith and Mitch McLain. McLain's goal was his 36th of the season, which broke the program record of 35 set by Jerr Johnson 20 years ago.
Brainerd outshot the Lumberjacks 28-24 and moves on the section finals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bemidji State University against the winner between top-seeded Moorhead and No. 4 Roseau.