Area Hockey: Little Falls boys drops nail-biter

Little Falls took a step closer to the upper echelon of Section 6A teams this week, but came out on the short end of a pair of low-scoring battles.

A pair of second-period power-play goals proved to be the difference in a rematch of last year’s Section 6A finals, as visiting St. Cloud Apollo edged Little Falls 2-0, Jan. 16.

Both teams had limited scoring opportunities, as Apollo outshot the Flyers 20-9.

The Eagles cashed in near the end of the power play for each of their goals,  scoring with just one second left on their first opportunity and 24 second remaining on their third and final chance.

The game grew chippy near the end, with Apollo accruing 17 minutes of penalty time in the final 16 seconds, but not allowing the Flyers enough time to potentially even up the contest.

Little Falls then fell narrowly 2-1 to visiting Sauk Rapids-Rice, Monday.

Senior Jack Schulte scored the Flyers’ lone goal on the power play to tie the game in the first period, assisted by senior Mark Anez and sophomore Mack Anez, but the Storm regained the lead early in the second before holding on the duration of the contest.

St. Cloud Tech netted five goals in the first period on its way to a 9-1 win over visiting Little Falls, Tuesday.

Schulte scored the Flyers’ lone goal on the power play early in the third period, assisted by junior Austin Fenske.

Junior Jordan Kreuser stopped seven shots in net after coming on in the third period.


BLF falls three times, Aces drop pair

The Brainerd-Little Falls (BLF) Flying Warriors girls hockey team dropped three home games over the week, falling against Bemidji 3-0, Jan. 18, against Alexandria 6-1, Monday and against River Lakes 4-0, Tuesday.

In junior hockey, the Minnesota Flying Aces fell 3-0 at Alexandria, Jan. 17 and 14-0 to visiting North Iowa, Jan. 18.