In the last three weeks Gregg Day has had quite a few good nights.
The Brainerd High School senior left wing has had a hat trick and a two-goal game during that span. He has scored eight goals in five games, helping the Warriors to a 6-0-0 mark in the Central Lakes Conference, 8-3-1 overall.
Day's streak has hoisted his season totals to 10 goals and 16 points. His familiarity and chemistry with center Morgan Shepherd and right wing Kiel Browne has helped the trio combine for 28 goals and 59 points.
Day and Shepherd have played on the same line since youth leagues. Browne joined them for one season of Bantams and has been with them on the varsity ever since.
"We know how everything works," Day said. "Browne is another big player in the corners. He gets the puck out and cycles it. Morgan has the stick skills and gets around everybody. He makes passes that some players can't."
Warriors coach Ty Eigner says every member of Day's line has a different attribute.
"Gregg gets stuff done in front of the net," Eigner said. "He's a garbage guy. It's not always pretty, but he's very effective. Kiel is a kid who gets up and down the rink. Morgan makes a lot happen from the center position. They all complement each other."
Day drew compliments following his performance in a 4-3 overtime victory against Alexandria. He scored on the first shift, 18 seconds into the game, and tallied again with 4:02 left in the first period.
Sport -- Boys hockey
Position -- Left wing
Year -- Senior
Age -- 18
Height -- 6-foot-1
Weight -- 175 pounds
Other sports -- Football, baseball
Memorable sports achievement -- Winning 2001 Roseau Bantam tournament
Grade-point average -- 3.0
Favorite subject -- Science
Favorite food -- Pizza
Favorite TV show -- "That 70s Show"
Hobbies -- Fishing, being on the lake, golf
Future plans -- Attend college or play hockey
Athlete he admires -- Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche
Parents -- Kenn and Mary Day
"The puck bounced in front," Day said of his first goal. "It seemed like we had about 10 seconds to score. We kept missing the puck. Finally, I hit it in.
"On my second one Browne and Morgan were working hard. I came down the slot and called for it. Browne passed to me and I one-timed it in."
Day's line had three goals and four assists against Alexandria, all in the first period.
"I don't care if it's Moorhead's best group or Alexandria's or Grand Rapids' top group, that's as well as a line can play," Eigner said. "They have that capability. Now we've got to get them to be that line more often. It sure was fun to watch them in that first period."
Day had a hat trick against Grand Rapids, a game which the Warriors led four times but lost in overtime.
"The goals I got were more of me being in the right position at the right time, standing at the right side of the net, just putting the puck in the net," Day said of the Grand Rapids game. "Browne and Morgan worked hard to get the puck there. Geoff Roberts did too."
Eigner said it's gratifying to see a player like Day earn recognition and get the most out of his skills.
"I think if you asked Gregg, or his coaches in his other sports, they would say he's not a natural athlete," Eigner said. "He has to work very hard. He works hard in the weight room, he works hard in our practices to get better. The game doesn't come easy to him.
"I think there's a lot of kids like Gregg in our community. It's nice to see a kid who has to battle and work hard to get there, achieve the kinds of things he's achieving, at what I think is a pretty high level of hockey."
Other notable efforts:
Katie Perpich, gymnastics, won three events and the all-around against Alexandria.
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