DL icemen 'gut' out overtime victory
After seeing a 4-1 lead evaporate at the hands of the visiting Red Lake Falls Eagles, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team had to put together a come-from-behind rally to win in overtime 7-6.
Forward Travis Maristuen slid the victorious goal into the net in the extra period, after freshman forward Tanner Lane tied the game on an unassisted power play goal with 1:45 remaining in regulation.
"It was just a gutsy performance by the kids," said DL head coach Jason Vold. "We have been down a few players due to sickness, so these guys have just been playing hard and playing with a lot of guts."
Sophomore Alex Phelps had his best night of the season, registering his first hat trick of the year. He kick-started the scoring after Lane found him open in the slot, for a 1-0 lead 2:49 into the action.
Lane pulled off a spectacular goal just over seven minutes later, after intercepting an Eagles' pass and veering through two defenders to poke the puck past RLF goalie Curtis Olson.
Lane finished with four assists on the night, along with two goals.
"We've had guys stepping up late in the season," Vold said.
RLF went into the first intermission down 2-1, after a late goal by Patrick Johanneck with 2:56 remaining the first.
It seemed the blowout was forming in the second period when each of DL's Nate Berg and Phelps scored to put the Lakers up 5-1, but the Eagles wouldn't have any of that.
RLF scored three times -- with goals going to Adam Skala, Tyler Cota and a power play tally by Casey Cardinal -- to stay within reach at 5-4, after Phelps scored his second goal 15:21 into the frame.
A penalty-fest ensued, as RLF was called for five infractions to DL's two.
But it was the Eagles who converted their power plays, notching two from Derrick Cardinal and Alex Derosier to put the visitors up 6-5 with time winding down.
Lane would ensure the overtime with his power play score, setting up Maristuen's game-winning overtime goal.
Senior goalie Jake Vavricka finished the game with 21 saves, while senior Gunnar Johnson had 23 for the Lakers.
Olsen finished with 30 saves for the Eagles.
The Lakers wrapped up their regular season Saturday in Thief River Falls, and will now prepare for the Section 6-1A playoffs.
The seventh-seeded Lakers will travel to No. 2 Fergus Falls for a 7 p.m. start Tuesday.
Red Lake Falls at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Feb. 14.
Eagles 1 3 2 0 - 6
Lakers 2 3 1 1 - 7
First period -- 1. DL, Alex Phelps (Tanner Lane) 2:49; 2. DL, Lane (UA) 9:23; 3. RLF, Patrick Johanneck (Eric Derosier, Derrick Cardinal) 15:04.
Second period -- 4. DL, Nate Berg (Brett Provo) 3:21; 5. DL, Phelps (Lane) 10:41; 6. RLF, Adam Skala (Luke Olsen) 10:54; 7. RLF, Tyler Cota (John Murphy) 13:07; 8. DL, Phelps (Lane, Ben Osowski) 15:21; 9. RLF, PP Casey Cardinal (Johanneck, Derosier) 16:48.
Third period -- 10. RLF, PP D. Cardinal (Derosier) 2:58; 11. RLF, PP A. Derosier (Cody Glass) 4:55; 12. DL, PP Lane (UA) 16:15.
Overtime -- 13. DL, Travis Maristuen (Lane) 7:49.
Saves -- DL (Jake Vavricka) 16 5 - 21; (Gunnar Johnson) 23...RLF (Curtis Olsen) 3 10 8 9 - 30.