Following a 13-4 quarterfinal victory over South Suburban on Friday the Brainerd Warriors lost two games Saturday to finish fourth in the state tournament at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
In Saturday's semifinals the Warriors were blanked 6-0 by the Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound-Westonka Robins.
Brainerd later lost 10-3 to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs in the third-place game.
The Warriors' Ethan Rudbeck made the all-tournament team.
Brainerd senior winger Mary Sebasky (59) moved the puck past Robbinsdale's Jesse Klein in Saturday's semifinal game. Bill Johnson photo
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound-Westonka received goals from five different players against Brainerd. Ethan Brenna netted two goals for the Robins and added two assists. Goalie James Sneltjes recorded the shutout.
"Robbinsdale is a very good team," Warriors coach Bruce Thompson said. "They're state champions, and deservedly so. They handled Dakota United (8-2) in the finals.
"We played them three times this season so we knew what we were up against. We played as hard as we could. Unfortunately, we gave up four goals in the first period. The second and third were pretty even.
Brainerd senior goalie Daniel Meyer pumped his fist after making a save in the third period of Saturday's third-place game against Anoka-Hennepin. Bill Johnson photo
"They put the pressure on us. Our goalie (Anna Wahl) did a good job defending our goal. You can't fight them all off. They have too many good ones."
In the third-place game, Anoka-Hennepin got off to a fast start with five goals in the first period.
Jacob Wiehle had a hat trick in the first period and added two goals in the second and collected two assists. Josh Price scored four goals for the Mustangs and had one assist. Joe Lehman had three assists.
"It was disappointing that Anoka scored five in the first, that's too many to give up," Thompson said. "We didn't get off to a good start and they just wore us down."
Rudbeck had two goals for the Warriors. Wes Blomberg had a goal and assist. Jacob Kretzman and Austin Annable had the other assists.
Tyler Theien, who had five goals and two assists in Friday's game, played part of the first period against Robbinsdale but became ill and didn't play the remainder of the day.
The loss finished the Warriors' season with a 10-6 record.
"Our kids competed hard both days, that's what we asked them do," Thompson said. "The effort was there. We never gave up. As a coach you really appreciate that. It was a pretty good season. We lost to two teams three times."
Robbinsdale/H/M-W 4 1 1 - 6
Brainerd 0 0 0 - 0
First period: RHMW-Jesse Klein (Steve Halsey) 6:56; RHMW-Harrison Lerner, 9:31; RHMW-Ethan Brenna (Erin Nickell, Halsey) 12:27; RHMW-Halsey (Brenna) 14:28
Second period: RHMW-Brenna (Nickell) 3:48
Third period: RHMW-Nickell (Klein) 4:26
Shots on goal: Brd 4-3-8-15, RHMW 10-8-8-26
Goalies: Brd-Anna Wahl (16 saves), RHMW-James Sneltjes (9 saves)
Brainerd 0 3 0 - 3
Anoka 5 5 0 - - 10
First period: AH-Jacob Wiehle, 1:23; AH-Wiehle (Joe Lehman) 1:57; AH-Wiehle (Lehman) 6:21; AH-Josh Price (Lehman) 9:55; AH-Price, 14:51
Second period: Brd-Ethan Rudbeck (Wes Blomberg) :49; AH-Stephen Gourley (Wiehle) 1:53; Brd-Wes Blomberg (Jacob Kretzman, Austin Annable) 5:41; AH-Price (Gourley) 7:02; AH-Wiehle (Gourley, Price) 9:14; AH-11:27; Brd-Rubeck (Austin Annable) 12:00; AH-Wiehle, 13:04
Third period: No scoring
Shots on goal: Brd 5-12-7-24, AH 26
Goalies: Brd-Anna Wahl (11 saves), AH-Jack Johnson (7 saves)
Overall: Brainerd finishes 10-6.
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