Remember the names Andrea Herold and Holly Roberts because they will be ravaging girls' hockey opponents in Minnesota for years.
Herold flicked in two third-period goals and Roberts added a goal and two assists as the St. Cloud Tech Tigers secured a 4-2 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Brainerd Warriors Tuesday at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Herold, a freshman wing, helped the Tigers remain unbeaten in conference play by scoring 54 seconds into the final period and at the 4:38 mark. Roberts, an eighth-grade center, scored the Tigers' first goal and assisted on both of Herold's.
Both flashed skill with the puck as well as the ability to move it rapidly. They headline a team that had just four seniors in uniform Tuesday.
"Andrea started with me when she was a seventh-grader," Tech coach Kirk Zenzen said. "She's been my leading scorer both years. This is Holly's first year, as an eighth-grader. She played boys' hockey up until this point, and you can tell.
"We count on that line a lot."
The line, which includes junior Kelly Pearson at left wing, helped Tech outshoot the Warriors 36-21. The Tigers were particularly dominant in the first two periods, during which they outshot Brainerd 27-5.
"We kind of held them off the board," Warriors coach Chuck Whalen said. "They outshot us 27-5 (through two periods). We really weren't in it. We scored on two of three shots when we had five total shots. That shows the difference in skill level right there. I thought we played much better in the third period."
Brainerd outshot the Tigers 16-9 in the final session but was unable to jam the puck past sophomore goalie Staci Francis, who played the final two periods.
Despite the discrepancy in shots, the Warriors played Tech to a standstill in the opening period. Samantha Welle opened the scoring for Brainerd with a goal from a sharp angle to the left of Tech goalie Michelle Martin.
Roberts and teammate Liz Scherer tallied within a three-minute span of the opening period to put the Tigers ahead 2-1. The Warriors' Samantha Gunning tied it when her shot from the point found its way through traffic and into the net.
The Tigers improved to 7-2 overall while Brainerd had a three-game win streak snapped, falling to 2-2 in the conference and 3-2 overall.
Zenzen said the core of Tech's team played on a 15-under A team that finished fourth in the state.
"Basically, that whole team moved up to the high school program," he said. "They had to learn how to play high school hockey. This is my third year with them. We're starting to see some of the results of two years of getting knocked around a little bit."
"They're by far the most skilled team in the conference, I think," Whalen said.
St. Cloud Tech 2 0 2 -- 4
Brainerd 2 0 0 -- 2
First period -- B-Samantha Welle (Abby Rehberger) 2:50; SCT-Holly Roberts (Jill Weitz) 5:19; SCT-Liz Scherer, ppg 8:15; B-Samantha Gunning (Rachel Obeidzinski) 11:40
Third period -- SCT-Andrea Herold (Roberts) :54; SCT-Herold (Roberts) 4:38
Shots on goal -- SCT 13-14-9--36; B 3-2-16--19
Goalies -- SCT-Michelle Martin (1 save, first period), Staci Francis (18 saves, last 2 periods); B-Mandy Hanson (32 saves)
Power-play opportunities -- SCT 1-3, B 0-1
Conference -- SCT 5-0, B 2-2. Overall -- SCT 7-2, B 3-2. Next game -- Brainerd at Bemidji 8 p.m. Thursday.
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