The Sartell Sabres got in the way of a Brainerd Warrior boys' hockey team that was ready to vent some frustration Thursday night at Brainerd Area Civic Center.
Coming off a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Grand Rapids on Tuesday, a game in which the Warriors held a 2-1 advantage after the first period, Brainerd came out firing on all cylinders against an overmatched Sartell team.
When it was all said and done the Warriors moved to 3-0-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 6-0 victory.
Bronson Shepherd scored two goals for the Warriors.
Brainerd coach Ty Eigner said it was good for his team to get on the ice against another opponent in a relatively short period after Tuesday's defeat.
"It's always better that you play right away as opposed to sitting around and stewing in it," he said. "We talked about it as a team, as a staff, and I think our kids responded the right way, especially early. We came out in the first and played really well and played well throughout."
Brainerd came out shooting in the first period as it jumped to a 5-0 lead thanks to a 20-4 shot advantage.
Senior Bronson Shepherd got the Warriors on the board quickly, putting a shot past Sabres goalie Michael Brown at 24 seconds.
Joe Frazer had two assists and a goal for BHS.
Junior forward Joseph Kaufmann helped the Warriors resume the scoring at 7:55, putting in his first goal of the season. Sophomore Brett Jenkins struck five minutes later at 12:55 with his first varsity goal.
Even short-handed, the Sabres could not contain Brainerd, as Shepherd scored his second goal of the night and fifth of the season just over a minute later at 13:57.
Derek Wessman scored his first varsity goal at 15:10 to put the Warriors ahead 5-0 as the period came to a close.
All three Warrior lines collected a goal in the first-period onslaught.
Shepherd said the team was looking to respond in a big way after the Grand Rapids defeat.
"Coach said shoot the puck right away tonight. I got a rebound, it came right to me and I put it in. It gave us momentum early on," Shepherd said of his first goal. "The second one I give all the credit to Joe Frazer, he's always out there working hard.
"We just wanted to put a lot of pressure on them, that's what were looking to do on the penalty."
"It feels good that everyone came out ready to play tonight. We had a little letdown there on Tuesday but everyone came back and played hard for 51 minutes tonight."
The second period was more of a calm after the first-period storm. But the Warriors still managed 15 shots on net.
Frazer put in his fifth of the season at 15:05 to give the Warriors a 6-0 advantage.
In all, nine Brainerd players recorded a point.
Eigner said it was a quality win that allowed a lot of players to get ice time.
"When you get contributions from everybody that's certainly good for the entire team. That's not going to happen every night. It was good to see," he said. "After Tuesday, we wanted to move forward and get better. And we did. We'll practice Friday, Saturday and Monday and be better Tuesday than we were today."
Sartell 0 0 0 - 0
Brainerd 5 1 0 - 6
First period: BRD-Bronson Shepherd (Joe Frazer, Julius Tamasy) :24, BRD-Joseph Kaufmann (Bren Smith, Derek Wessman) 7:55, BRD-Brett Jenkins (Christian Engel) 12:55, BRD-Shepherd (Frazer) shg 13:57, BRD-Wessman (Tyler Monda, Kaufmann) 15:10
Second period: BRD-Frazer 15:05
Third period: No scoring
Shots on goal: Brd, 20-15-8 - 43; Sar, 4-5-5 - 14
Goalies: Brd-Kyle Peterson (14 saves), Sar-Michael Brown (37 saves)
Power-play opportunities: Sar 0-5, Brd 0-3
TY RUSHMEYER, sports writer, may be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5865.
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