Friday's 5-2 Brainerd girls' hockey loss is as close as the Warriors have come to beating Bemidji.
"Bemidji just plays at another level of play," said Brainerd coach Chuck Whalen. "Bemidji and probably Moorhead are the two best teams in our section. So tonight, we did as well as we could expect. We were happy to get two goals against them. I don't know if we'd ever scored against them before. I do remember that the last time we played, they had a 7-0 lead after the first period."
Friday, the Lumberjacks fired 39 shots at Brainerd sophomore goaltender Mandy Hanson and she stopped all but five to keep the Warriors in the contest.
Whalen said goaltending has been one of the consistent bright spots in the Warriors' program. Junior Sarah Johnson splits time with Hanson.
"Both of our goaltenders have been with us from the beginning." said Whalen. "They were with us when other teams were outshooting us 70 to nothing. Last year, they had identical goals-against records and minutes and their save percentages were also very close. Nothing phases them; they're both very solid kids. Whether they're getting a lot of shots or not much action at all, they're pretty focused and pretty tough. We're lucky to have two of them like that."
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