Zack Lundbohm is equally comfortable swinging a golf club or shooting a puck with a hockey stick.
Last spring he qualified for the Class 2A state golf tournament, the first Warrior boy in 15 years to do so.
On Tuesday, the junior center recorded the first hat trick of his varsity hockey career, helping the Warriors to a 9-6 victory against the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm in the Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams.
The barrage of goals enabled Brainerd to outshoot an opponent for the first time in three games, 40-28.
"We were forechecking really well," said Lundbohm, who also collected an assist. "We were throwing their breakout out of order. That gave us more chances for putting the puck on net and getting some rebounds."
The pesky Storm also fired its share of quality shots on net against Brainerd goalies Jake Carlson and Nick Whichello. The Warriors took six penalties, but Sauk Rapids scored on only one, and struggled to clear rebounds for Carlson and Whichello.
Brainerd outshot the Storm 16-6 in the first period and 16-13 in the second but was outshot 9-8 in the third.
The Warriors seized 2-0 and 4-2 leads but Sauk Rapids kept storming back. It tied the game 2-2 and 4-4 and trailed only 6-5 in the third when Brainerd scored three consecutive times.
"They're young," Warriors coach Ty Eigner said of the Storm. "They're not real deep right now but that doesn't mean they're not going to come out and work hard.
"If you take those penalties you let Ryan Peckskamp, who is very good ... he loves those kinds of opportunities. He will stay out there the whole two minutes (of a power play). I guarantee you by the end of the night he's going to hurt you."
Warriors 9, Sauk Rapids-Rice 6
The key: Zack Lundbohm scored three goals for the Warriors.
Peckskamp, a flashy senior center, finished with a goal and two assists.
Five Warriors, in addition to Lundbohm, had multiple point nights. The group included defenseman Chris Peluso, with a goal and three assists, and wing Gregg Day, with three assists.
Lundbohm's first score came at 9:05 of the first. While falling near the crease he beat Storm starting goalie Dane Beastrom.
"Chris gave me a great pass," Lundbohm said. "I can't take all the credit for it. All I did is deflect it into the net. Without his pass it wouldn't have happened."
Lundbohm's second goal was on a rebound in the second, putting Brainerd ahead 3-2.
"Joe (Holden) just tried to put it on net after I dropped a pass off to him," Lundbohm said. "Geoff (Roberts) was fighting for it and gave me an alley to go in, pick it up and put it in."
Lundbohm completed his hat trick at 10:32 of the second after a sharp feed from Roberts.
"Geoff gave me a nice pass and I was able to deflect it right through the goalie," Lundbohm said.
Sauk Rapids-Rice 1 3 2 -- 6
Brainerd 2 4 3 -- 9
First period -- B-Geoff Roberts (Zack Lundbohm, Joe Holden) 8:26; B-Lundbohm (Chris Peluso) 9:05; SRR-Jeremy Streit (Ryan Peckskamp, Tommy Wippler) 11:39
Second period -- SRR-Kyle Henkemeyer, 1:26; B-Lundbohm (Josh Hanske) 2:22; B-Kiel Browne (Mike Baker, Peluso) 3:35; SRR-Corey Cook (Danny Paul, Johnathon Kazeck) 6:13; SRR-Jake Meierhofer, 8:35; B-Lundbohm (Roberts) 10:32; B-Alex Impola (Peluso, Carl Sneep) 11:12
Third period -- SRR-Henkemeyer (Peckskamp, Cook) ppg 7:08; B-Peluso (Morgan Shepherd, Gregg Day) 8:18; B-Shepherd (Day) 10:16; B-Browne (Day, Sneep) ppg 11:33; SRR-Peckskamp, 16:32
Shots on goal -- SRR 6-13-9--28; B 16-16-8--40
Goalies -- SRR-Dane Beastrom (17 saves, 3 goals allowed), Justin Lochner (14 saves, 6 goals); B-Jake Carlson (11 saves, 4 goals), Nick Whichello (11 saves, 2 goals)
Power-play opportunities -- SRR 1-6; B 1-2
Conference -- SRR 0-1-0, B 1-0-0. Overall -- SRR 0-3-0, B 2-1-0. Next game -- Brainerd at St. Cloud Apollo 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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