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MacKenzie Steele snuffs out a Wadena-Deer Creek breakaway Tuesday evening. Brian Basham/Tribune

DL icemen stumble vs. Fargo North

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For much of Saturday's road game against Fargo North, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was skating right with the Spartans.

But there was a rough eight-minute patch which ultimately would send the Lakers packing with a loss, as Fargo North exploded for three goals en route to a 6-2 victory.

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"It's been the theme of our season," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.

"We put ourselves in some tough spots for a stretch of time."

The score was 2-1 in favor of Fargo North, after an Austin Rusness power play goal cut the deficit in half heading into the five-minute mark of the second period.

But the Spartans notched tallies by Brodie Gylten, Jackson Graalum and Cole Selberg to secure a 5-1 lead heading into the final period.

The Spartans added another goal in the third period on Graalum's second effort, while Rusness buried his second tally of the night 11:02 into the frame.

Fargo North outshot the Lakers by a 33-24 margin, while DL sophomore goalie MacKenzie Steele had 27 saves and his counterpart, Austin Toussaint, recorded 22 for the win.

Assists for DL were dished out to Kyle Herrmann and Isaac Fondrick.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Fargo North, Friday, Jan. 4.

Lakers 0 1 1 - 2

Fargo N. 1 4 1 - 6

1st Period -- Scoring: FARGON - Thompson Goal (Helming, Teschendorf) 13:17. Penalties: Bremseth, DTRTLK (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 3:41; Magnuson, DTRTLK (Charging, Minor, 2 min) 5:12; Fondrick, DTRTLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:04; Graalum, FARGON (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:04; Rusness, DTRTLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:04; Selberg, FARGON (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 7:04; Graalum, FARGON (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 16:27. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period -- Scoring: FARGON - Helming Goal (Connelly, Teschendorf) 5:21; DTRTLK - Rusness Goal (PP) (Fondrick, Herrmann) 6:06; FARGON - Gylten Goal (Schock, Graalum) 6:23; FARGON - Graalum Goal (Helming) 8:37; FARGON - Selberg Goal 13:21. Penalties: Schock, FARGON (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 4:38; Herrmann, DTRTLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 5:43; Brenneman, FARGON (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 5:43; Rusness, DTRTLK (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 11:39; Graalum, FARGON (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 11:39. Goalie Changes: None.

3rd Period -- Scoring: FARGON - Graalum Goal (Gunderson, Selberg) 8:09; DTRTLK - Rusness Goal 11:02. Penalties: Sager, FARGON (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 12:45; Selberg, FARGON (Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Minor, 2 min) 12:46; Gunderson, FARGON (Boarding, Minor, 2 min) 13:46; Selberg, FARGON (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 15:38. Goalie Changes: None.

Shots on goal - DL 8 6 10 - 24...FN 12 14 7 - 33.

Saves - DL (MacKenzie Steele) 27...FN (Austin Toussaint) 22.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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