The Tanner Motors Squirt A hockey team of Brainerd captured the championship at the Fargo International Squirt tournament Feb. 24-27.
Brainerd outscored its opponents 24-4 in four games.
Brainerd beat Devils Lake, N.D., 9-0 in the opening game and followed with a 4-1 win over the Fargo, N.D., Raiders. Brainerd beat the West Fargo, N.D., Packers 6-1 in the semifinals. In the title game Brainerd breezed past the Bismarck, N.D., Winterhawks 5-2.
Leading the way for Brainerd was Mitchell McLain, who scored nine goals and assisted on five others. Gavin Motschenbacher scored five goals and Daulton Olinger had four. Zach Holmen collected four assists.
Goalie Jared Stearns had a stellar showing between the pipes as he stopped 49 shots.
Members of the Tanner Motors Squirt A hockey team are, front: Jared Stearns. Second row: Bobby Posch (left), Matt Doss, Zach Holmen, Joey Houston, Michael Foley, Lars Ohlin. Back row: Assistant coach John Ohlin (left), head coach Matt Reid, Mitchell McLain, Jackson Walters, Timmy Dewey, Jeff Grimsley, Cole Hunstad, assistant coach Don Motschenbacher, Gaven Motschenbacher, Daulton Olinger.
The tournament featured 80 teams from the United States and Canada.
Brainerd 9, Devils Lake, N.D. 0
Goals -- Daulton Olinger 3, Mitchell McLain 3, Zach Holmen, Gaven Motschenbacher, Michael Foley.
Assists -- McLain 3, Holmen 3, Motschenbacher.
Saves -- Jared Stearns 14.
Brainerd 4, Fargo Raiders, N.D. 1
Goals -- McLain 2, Motschenbacher 2.
Saves -- Jared Stearns 9.
Brainerd 6, West Fargo, N.D., 1
Goals -- McLain 2, Holmen, Olinger, Motschenbacher, Jeff Grimsley.
Assists -- McLain 2, Lars Ohlin, Holmen, Olinger.
Saves -- Jared Stearns 16.
Brainerd 5, Bismarck, N.D., 2
Goals -- McLain 2, Motschenbacher, Grimsley, Joey Houston.
Assists -- Cole Hunstad, Bobby Posch, Houston, Ohlin, Foley.
Saves -- Jared Stearns 10.
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