Hat tricks by the same two players in consecutive games.
It probably doesn't happen often at the high school level but Julius Tamasy and Joe Frazer pulled off the feat in Tuesday's 7-5 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Both had hat tricks in Friday's win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and repeated the achievement Tuesday.
Tamasy scored once in each period, completing his hat trick at the 12:41 mark of the third. Frazer scored on two power-play goals in the first and ended Brainerd's scoring with 2:18 remaining.
In 28 years of competitive hockey, as a player and coach, Warriors assistant coach Toby Kvalevog couldn't remember two players with back-to-back hat tricks.
"Julius is obviously getting more confidence now," said Kvalevog, who coached the team along with Jim Ernster, Dave Stengrim and Craig Larson in head coach Ty Eigner's absence. "Early in the year we asked him to shoot the puck more, and he kept trying to make the pass. Maybe it's a confidence thing. Now, he's shooting it."
The line of Tamasy, Frazer and Bronson Shepherd collected 11 points. Shepherd had three assists, Frazer two.
"It's certainly going to help that we're spreading out some of the scoring on that line a little bit," Kvalevog said. "Bronson certainly could have had two or three goals as well. He had some great chances. The good thing about that is his feet were moving and he had these chances. If he wasn't getting the chances it would bother us more than him not scoring."
The Warriors outshot Apollo by a whopping 55-30 but let the Eagles stay close throughout the contest. Apollo scored just 30 seconds after the opening faceoff, fell behind 3-1 and tied it 3-3 in the second.
Brainerd later led 5-3 but the Eagles closed within a goal. The Warriors then got up 7-4 before the Eagles tightened it to the final margin.
Warriors 7, Apollo 5
The key: Julius Tamasy and Joe Frazer had hat tricks and Brainerd outshot the Eagles 55-30.
Conference: Brd 6-0-0, SCA 2-5-0
Overall: Brd 10-3-1, SCA 5-9-0
Next: Alexandria at Brainerd 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
"I think we took a night off intensity wise," Kvalevog said. "That was a little disheartening because our goal was to keep moving at a quicker pace. We had played 4 1/2 good periods in a row.
"We certainly didn't play a strong period tonight. At times we were fine and good but I think we scored when there was urgency. We had to play with urgency every shift, not just when the game was back within a goal."
Apollo's Steve Theis had the game's third hat trick. He scored in the second and twice in the third.
The other Brainerd goal was by defenseman Drew Olson. He took a pass from Brett Jenkins at 8:46 of the second and drilled a shot just under the crossbar, behind Eagles goalie Nate Hampton.
Brainerd goalie Reid Mimmack stopped 25 shots.
"It was only Reid's second start in this rink," Kvalevog said, "and it's been a while since he's started. He was a little nervous. I'm not saying they scored bad goals but I think it's just confidence, calmness and the ability to throw in one or two big saves. He made the saves he should have made, and that's what we ask as a sophomore goaltender."
St. Cloud Apollo 1 2 2 - 5
Brainerd 3 2 2 - 7
First period: SCA-Dustin Christen (Chad Hockemeyer) :30; Brd-Joe Frazer (Evan Impola) ppg 1:58; Brd-Frazer (Impola, Drew Olson) ppg 8:31; Brd-Julius Tamasy (Frazer, Bronson Shepherd) 16:45
Second period: SCA-Steve Theis (D. Christen) 1:01; SCA-Hockemeyer, 6:00; Brd-Olson (Brett Jenkins, Christian Engel) 8:46; Brd-Tamasy (Shepherd, Frazer) 15:15
Third period: SCA-Theis (Hockemeyer) 7:20; Brd-Tamasy, 12:41; Brd-Frazer (Shepherd) 14:42; SCA-Theis (Hockemeyer, Tommy Brown) 16:19
Shots on goal: SCA 7-10-13-30, Brd 19-23-13-55
Goalies: SCA-Nate Hampton (48 saves), Brd-Reid Mimmack (25 saves)
Power-play opportunities: SCA 1-3, Brd 2-3
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