By PATRICK SLACK
The Brainerd-Little Falls (BLF) girls hockey team took part in a pair of high-scoring contests over the weekend, marking the official start of the 2012 – 2013 high school winter sports season.
Crookston 7, BLF 4
The Flying Warriors got off to a speedy start, thanks to a shot snuck through the five-hole by senior Emily Stark 64 seconds into their season opener against visiting Crookston, Friday.
The early scoring was far from over, as Crookston tallied the next two goals to go ahead 2-1, before senior Maren Brown countered with a game-tying score with under two minutes to play in the first period.
Crookston regained the lead a minute later on a short-handed goal, but BLF once again evened things up on a goal by Brown 4:15 into the second.
Crookston would pull away from there, though, scoring the final three goals in the second before the teams split goals in the third, giving the Pirates a 7-4 win.
Fergus Falls 6, BLF 3
BLF and host Fergus Falls each scored three times in the final two periods, but a three-goal first by the Otters led to a 6-3 win, Saturday.
After Fergus Falls took a 4-0 lead late in the second, Stark got the Flying Warriors on the board to cut the gap to 4-1 entering the third.
Senior Alayna Ernster set up junior Paige Oakley for a goal midway through the third to make it 4-2, then sophomore C.J. Kendall pulled the Flying Warriors within one with 4:17 to play, but Fergus Falls sealed the win with a pair of goals in the final two minutes.
The Flying Warriors play at the Buffalo tournament, Friday – Saturday.