Laker girls' hockey starts season at 0-2
Despite seeing his team drop to 0-2 to start the 2008 season, Detroit Lakes head coach Dan Maloney is still pretty optimistic after seeing what his squad showed him through the course of the first six periods of play.
The Lakers opened with both games at home, losing to Thief River Falls Friday 4-2 and to Fergus Falls 5-0 Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena.
"I know now the players are willing to work hard and with that, improvement is going to happen," Maloney said. "We can make the adjustments we need to, as well."
There are some high ceilings for the Lakers, who are starting a load of new players on the ice, including senior goalie Winona Goettel.
The DL netminder had 33 saves against Fergus Falls Saturday, while shutting out the Otters in the first period with 11 saves.
Goettel played well throughout the game, but was peppered in each of the final two periods, as a power play goal which was tipped at the net broke the scoreless tie at 10:21 into the second.
The Otters put 14 shots on net in the third period, converting that into four goals -- including a nice one-timer on another power play to go up 4-0.
The puck was in DL's zone for much of the game, as the Lakers had just five shots on net.
"Winona doesn't have a lot of varsity experience coming into the season, and she played excellent," Maloney said. "She didn't give up many rebounds and the defense played well in front of her.
"Fergus Falls is a pretty good team and they got their shots on net, so that's pretty tough to stop."
The season and home opener came against Thief River Falls Friday, with the Lakers striking first on forward Brianna Bremseth's goal, off an assist by forward Katie Mollberg 11:44 into the first period.
Goettel preserved a shutout in the first period with six saves.
But the Prowlers regrouped and while they had only seven shots on net, they found the nylon three times.
Forward Maddy Aandal tied the score with an assist by defensive player Britney Schwab 13:03 into the second.
The next two goals came in quick succession of each other, both off unassisted efforts by forward Alie Dorn -- one 42 seconds after Aandal's goal, and the 3-0 lead coming just 1:27 after the second score.
DL put good pressure on net in the third period, putting 11 shots on goal, with defensive player Callie Johnson striking for the team's second tally 9:19 into the frame on an unassisted effort.
But Aandal marked up her second goal of the game late in the period, to cap the scoring with a 4-2 Prowler win.
DL outshot TRF 24-20, with Goettel in the net.
"I felt we outplayed (Thief River Falls) in the first period, but a few shifts in the second period gave them some space," Maloney said. "We outshot them in the third period (11-6) and we were so close to scoring a couple more goals.
"All in all, the girls have been working hard and they have been positioning themselves well."
The Lakers will look for their first win Thursday when they travel to face defending Class 1A state champion Alexandria for a 7:30 p.m. start.
DL will be in Sartell Saturday for a 3 p.m. start, and will host Moorhead Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Fergus Falls at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Nov. 15.
Otters 0 1 4 - 5
Lakers 0 0 0 - 0
First period -- No scoring.
Second period -- 1. FF, PP Underwood (Clark) 10:24.
Third period -- 2. FF, Johnson (Vatusdal) 13:52; 3. FF, Vatusdal (Stye) 6:15; 4. FF, PP Underwood (Matson, Johnson) 13:06; 5. FF, Johnson (UA) 15:31.
Saves -- DL (Winona Goettel) 11 12 10 - 33; FF (Grugel) 2 1 2 - 5.
Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Nov. 14.
Prowlers 0 3 1 - 4
Lakers 1 0 1 - 2
First period -- 1. DL, Brianna Bremseth (Katie Mollberg) 11:44.
Second period -- 2. TRF, Maddy Aandal (Britney Schwab) 13:03; 3. TRF, Alie Dorn (UA) 13:43; 4. TRF, Dorn (UA) 15:18.
Third period -- 5. DL, Callie Johnson (UA) 9:19; 6. TRF, Aandal (UA) 15:59.
Saves -- DL (Goettel) 6 5 5 - 16...TRF (Koop) 8 4 10 - 22.