In basketball when a player scores off an offensive rebound it's called second-chance points.
If the Thief River Falls Prowlers were playing basketball Saturday instead of boys' hockey they would have had plenty of second-chance points as the Prowlers defeated the Brainerd Warriors 5-1 at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.
After a scoreless first period the Prowlers started their attack early and didn't let up until the end of a five-goal second period.
Danny Almquist started the barrage of shots on Warriors goalie Grant VanWyngeeren as he wristed a shot from the blue line. VanWyngeeren was there for the initial stop but off the rebound Robby Anderson snuck the puck past VanWyngeeren on the stick side for the first goal just 39 seconds into the second period.
At the three-minute mark the Prowlers scored their second goal when VanWyngeeren again stopped the initial breakaway shot by Paul Leister only to have the rebound tapped in by sophomore Dane Kjono for a 2-0 lead.
"The key for us is that we finally started to move the puck a little bit better," said Prowlers coach Scott Bergland. "We had some opportunities in the first period and didn't bury the puck.
"In the second (period) we moved the puck a little better and started to bury the puck.
"It seems like you get one and then the flood gates open and after a couple, three, we just popped a couple more."
The Warriors' offense was non-existent in the second period. Brian Reese had a breakaway stopped by Prowlers sophomore goalie Ben Worker. That was the only real threat Brainerd had.
Adding to the Warriors' woes were two minor penalties, with the first one resulting in a power-play goal. Kjono found himself in front of the net and with a Brainerd defender draped on him he managed to shoot while falling down. The puck sailed over the glove of VanWyngeeren for a 3-0 lead.
Off the ensuing faceoff Anderson took a pass from Steve Wiseth for a quick 4-0 lead.
"I don't know what happened because it happened so fast," said Warriors coach Ty Eigner. "You look up and it's 4-0 with nine minutes left in the second period. In the first period I thought it was pretty even.
"It's not an effort thing, I don't think, with our guys. I can't pinpoint one thing that happened. It just seemed like they got a power-play goal and then a bounce here and a bounce there.
"For five minutes it didn't matter which line was out there. It wasn't one line or one group of defenders. Everyone was out there so it was a total team thing. Thief River won the game in five minutes."
Dewey Worker finished off the Prowlers' scoring. With four Warriors surrounding him, the senior got off a high shot over VanWyngeeren's glove to make it 5-0.
Tyler John replaced VanWyngeeren but as Eigner said afterward goaltending didn't lose the game.
"We've said all along that Grant and Tyler will give us a good effort all the time," said Eigner. "Grant will be the first to tell you he wishes he had a couple of those back.
"But we didn't lose the game because of how our goaltender played. We were lucky it was 0-0 after the first. Grant made a nice save on a 2-on-1 and he made a save on a breakaway. Then they got a couple of nice plays and some rebounds and there you go."
Brainerd scored its goal in the third period when Ben House took a pass from Reese and one-timed it past Worker. Otherwise, the Prowlers' goalie had the Warriors number.
"That was Ben Worker's first varsity game as a sophomore and I thought he did a very nice job," Bergland said. "The goal they got I thought was a little bit iffy, maybe. As a goalie he should have had it, but at the same time he made a couple real nice saves."
Eigner said the Warriors' problems are a mystery. After an 18-win first season under Eigner the Warriors are struggling as they drop to 1-3.
"For us we're still trying to figure out who we are, what our identity is, who should play with who and what defensive pair should be playing," said Eigner. "We have to come back to work Monday."
Thief River Falls 0 5 0 -- 0
Brainerd 0 0 1 -- 1
Second period -- 1, TRF-Robby Anderson (Danny Almquist, Brian Quinn) :39; 2, TRF-Dane Kjono (Paul Leister) 3:00; 3, TRF-Kjono (Leister) 5:19 ppg; 4, TRF-Anderson (Steve Wiseth) 5:31; 5, TRF-Dewey Worker 11:14.
Third period -- 6, B-Ben House (Brian Reese) :18.
Shots on goal -- TRF-36, B-39
Goalies -- TRF-Ben Worker (38 saves), B-Grant VanWyngeeren (21 saves), Tyler John (10 saves)
Power-play opportunities -- TRF 1-3, B 0-2
Overall -- B 1-3. Next game -- Brainerd hosts Alexandria 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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