Fergus Falls boys’ hockey player Noah Tarczon competes for control of the puck against Brainerd’s Eric Pohlkamp (23) in Tuesday’s home game at the Community Ice Arena.

The Fergus Falls boys’ hockey team struggled to get its offense going as they were outshot by the visiting Brainerd Warriors 39-5 on the way to a 7-1  loss in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday.

The Warriors took an early 2-0 lead as Eric Pohlkamp and Jacob Drietz each notched goals. The Otters would cut into the lead before the end of the first period as Michael DeBrito scored an unassisted goal.

In the second period, the two teams played close but Brainerd would expand their lead to 3-1 with a goal by Eli Roberts.

In the final period, the Warriors overwhelmed the Otters with fours goals on 12 shots. Erik Stoxen, Ian Aalband, Mike Laaber and Drietz each tallied a goal.

“We made some adjustments and our penalty kill did a really good job tonight,” Otters head coach Mike Donaghue said.

Fergus Falls goalie Scott VanVoorhis did what he could to prevent the Warriors from running away with the game as he turned away 32 shots on net.

In JV action, the Otters tied with the Warriors 4-4. 

“They have been off to a really good start this year and have been battling hard all year,” Donaghue said.

The Otters will continue its homestand against CLC foes as they welcome in the Willmar Cardinals at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.


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