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Laker forward Tiffany Iverson moves the puck past a defender during a recent home game.
Laker forward Tiffany Iverson moves the puck past a defender during a recent home game.

Defending state champs pound Laker girls' hockey

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

It's never easy to see your team lose its first three games of the season, but despite taking an 11-1 pounding Thursday night at Alexandria, Detroit Lakes girls' hockey coach Dan Maloney thinks better things are ahead for his Laker squad.

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"We're seeing improvements inside the team, they're working hard and dedicated, so they'll improve through the course of the season," said Maloney.

"We're improving on getting shots to net," he continued, noting that DL had 17 shots on goal Thursday night.

In the first period, DL kept things competitive, allowing just one score for Alexandria -- then tied things up at 1-1 to start the second.

The lone score for the Lakers was credited to Melissa Gravelle.

Unfortunately, Alexandria scored three more times in the second to go up 4-1. From there, the defending Class 1A state champions really broke things open in the third, scoring another seven times. In all, the home team managed to get 33 shots on net, and made good on a third of them.

But despite giving up eight goals Thursday, starting DL goalie Winona Goettel also got 19 saves. Veronica Roy, who relieved Goettel with seven minutes left to play in the third, managed to break even, with three saves and three goals allowed.

"We just got into that third period against Alex and had a few things go wrong," Maloney said. "They ended up getting a number of goals. All we can do is learn for those situations."

DL was still looking for its first win of the season Saturday in Sartell (results in Wednesday's Becker County Record).

The Lakers will host Moorhead Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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