COLERAINE -- Corey Carlson entered the Section 7, Class 2A boys' hockey playoffs having scored more than 50 points.
Carlson tacked on two goals and two assists to his flashy totals Tuesday as he spurred the third-seeded Greenway Raiders to a 6-1 victory over the No. 6 Brainerd Warriors in the section quarterfinals.
Greenway, which scored the game's last five goals, led just 2-1 in the second period when Carlson scored at the 9:46 mark, skating the length of the ice before unloading a wrist shot that beat Brainerd goalie Nick Whichello.
The senior center collected his second goal 2:54 into the third. He swiped the puck deep in the Brainerd zone and flicked a wrist shot under the crossbar.
Carlson had additional opportunities to earn at least a hat trick but either shot wide or was denied by Whichello.
"He can score," Warriors coach Ty Eigner said of Carlson. "When he comes in on a breakaway he's going to put it in a spot where it's tough to stop."
Greenway coach Pat Guyer considers Carlson, who transferred from Two Harbors in the fall of 2001, one of the state's elite players. As a sophomore at Two Harbors, Carlson led the state in scoring with 79 points. Last year with Greenway he tallied 56 points.
"When he plays on the level he did (Tuesday) he can help you out a lot," Guyer said. "He's very gifted. He's a pure goal scorer, as she showed (Tuesday).
"We were fortunate to bury our chances, and I thought our goalie, Aaron Damjanovich, stood in there and made some big saves when he had to."
Brainerd tested Damjanovich, but the only Warrior to pierce his goaltending was defenseman Tony Parrish with a top-shelf slap shot from the blue line that tied the score 1-1 late in the opening period.
The Warriors wound up with a 29-25 edge in shots but went 0-for-6 on the power play. Included in their power plays was a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds, during which they went scoreless, in the second period.
"I thought we outplayed them in the first period," Warriors coach Ty Eigner said. "We had some good chances, we were moving. There's no way we shouldn't have felt after the first period that we weren't going to win the game.
"We had a 5-on-3 to start the second. You've just got to make plays. You can only do so much as far as drawing up plans and having systems. Sooner or later it comes down to taking advantage of your opportunities."
Jamie Guyer made the most of his chances, scoring the Raiders' first two goals and adding an assist.
* In its 32-year history of varsity boys' hockey, Brainerd has won only two section quarterfinal games. In 1990-91, it beat East Grand Forks 9-3 and in 1994-95 it defeated Cloquet 3-2 in two overtimes.
* Brainerd's previous games against Greenway were at the Hibbing tournament. The Warriors lost 3-0 on Dec. 26, 1996, and lost 6-2 on Dec. 28, 2000.
Brainerd 1 0 0 -- 1
Greenway 1 2 3 -- 6
First period -- G-Jamie Guyer (Joe Schuster, Corey Carlson) 3:46 ppg; B-Tony Parrish (Geoffrey Roberts) 11:23
Second period -- G-Jamie Guyer (Corey Jahn) 6:48 ppg; G-Carlson, 9:46
Third period -- G-Carlson (Schuster) 2:54; G-Janne Niemi (Reed Ylitalo, Jason Castle) 4:39; G-Gabe Hill (Jamie Guyer, Carlson) 10:05 shg
Shots on goal -- B 12 10 7 -- 29; G 8 8 9 -- 25
Goalies -- B-Nick Whichello (19 saves); G-Joe Damjanovich (28 saves)
Power-play opportunities -- B 0-6, G 2-3
Overall -- Brainerd finishes 13-12-1.
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