Detroit Lakes girls' hockey breaks out of scoring slump in 4-4 tie
The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team had a coming out party with an effective attack on net, pouring on 52 shots on goal Tuesday night against Mid-State Conference foe Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
The Lakers even scored a season-high four goals in the offensive shooting barrage, but despite that, DL still didn't gain a victory, as the Blue Devils matched them on the scoreboard 4-4.
W-DC/LP-GE goalie Samantha Gorka had 48 saves, including 18 in the third period alone, to preserve the 4-4 tie and force the extra period.
"We brought the puck to the net and the girls created better scoring opportunities," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "They took control of the puck, instead of just shooting it at the net. The positive is the momentum they created towards the net, with 52 shots on goal."
The Lakers (0-5-1) had leads of 2-1 after the first period, as well as 3-1 and 4-2 in the second period.
But the Blue Devils (1-4-1) hung around long enough to tie the game 5:11 into the third period, on a breakaway by forward Alicia Gorka, whose first shot bounced off of DL senior goalie Winona Goettel, but she quickly snapped up the rebound for the score.
The overtime period was action-packed, as both teams made serious threats to end the game -- but each goalie was up to the task, as Goettel had seven saves and Samantha Gorka four.
"Winona had some good saves in overtime and that was what we needed," Maloney said. "I felt we controlled the majority of the game and created our opportunities. It was a good battle."
The Lakers' scoring was produced by freshmen forwards Brin Seebold and Emily Raboin, who had two tallies apiece.
Both found the back of the net in the first period, as Seebold broke the scoreless tie 5:43 into the first, while Raboin notched an unassisted goal on a shot from the slot to break a 1-1 tie 15:20 into the frame.
The Blue Devils answered Seebold's first goal (which was assisted by Brittney Housholder) just over five minutes later, with defensive player Leah Dykhoff's first of two goals on the night. The score came on a power play series.
DL had 16 shots on goal in the first period alone, compared to W-DC/LP-GE's five.
The second period was packed full of scoring, as each team rotated goals.
It started with Seebold's second score of the night, on a hard shot from the top of the left circle for the unassisted effort and the 3-1 DL advantage.
But 18 seconds later, Dykhoff broke away from the Laker defense and put it past Goettel once again, to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The action continued, with Raboin taking a nice centering pass on a power play from junior forward Callie Johnson 8:59 into the second, to double up the Blue Devils 4-2.
But the visitors wouldn't go away, as forward Kayla Wright put in a power play tally with 49 seconds remaining, from far out near the blue line.
The Lakers again controlled play in the third period, launching 18 shots on goal, but not finishing any of them off.
Even with a tie, Maloney is hoping the game is an ice-breaker for DL's offensive woes, which have hindered the team with an 0-5 start.
"It was good we picked up four goals and I'm looking for this to be a good confidence builder," the DL coach said. "We can definitely bring something out of this."
The Lakers will travel to No. 6 Class 1A ranked Crookston (5-0-0) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Blue Devils 1 2 1 0 - 4
Lakers 2 2 0 0 - 4
First period -- 1. DL, Brin Seebold (Brit Housholder) 5:43; 2. WDC, PP Leah Dykhoff (Katelyn Peters) 10:09; 3. DL, Emily Raboin (UA) 15:20.
Second period -- 4. DL, Seebold (UA) 4:22; 5. WDC, Dykhoff (UA) 4:40; 5. DL, PP Raboin (Callie Johnson) 8:59; 6. WDC, PP Kayla Wright (Alicia Gorka) 16:11.
Third period -- 7. WDC, Gorka (UA) 5:11.
Saves -- DL (Winona Goettel) 5 1 6 7 - 19...WDC/LPGE (Samantha Gorka) 14 12 18 4 - 48.