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Another slow start was worth the wait. The unbeaten Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors couldn’t find the net for 24 minutes before erupting for four second-period goals on their way to a 4-1 victory over the River Lakes Stars at Essentia Health Sports Center Tuesday. Starting without a sense of urgency isn’t something Warriors coach Jim Ernster hopes becomes a trend. “That’s one of those things that we’ve got to get better at,” Ernster said. “We started slow on Saturday (in a 2-1 win over Class 2A’s 10th-ranked Minnetonka), we started slow today. That’s not something you ever want to see as a trend so that’s something we’ve got to take a look at. Is it a warmup thing? Or is it maybe a mental approach thing where our girls aren’t getting dialed in right from the drop of puck. That’s something you can’t afford, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing. “We kind of treaded water with this team. If it’s a different team on a different night -- these guys had a couple of good scoring chances early -- and now you’re down 1-0, 2-0 in your own barn. You can’t have that happen.” The Warriors continued to receive balanced scoring as Emma Smith, Sophie Robinson, Cheyenne Abear and Olivia Wiskow provided the goals. BLF has outscored its first five foes 21-6.