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LAKER FORWARD EMILY PAYNE (LEFT) pokes in her third goal for a natural hat trick Thursday against New Ulm inside the U of M's Ridder Arena in the Class 1A consolation semifinals.

Lakers have growing experience at state

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The Class 1A state girls' hockey tournament was a positive first-time experience for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team, but it eventually ended with their longest game of the season.


The Lakers went out kicking and screaming, but they couldn't stop the inevitable of being eliminated from their first state appearance, losing to New Ulm 5-4 in double overtime for the consolation semifinals Thursday inside Ridder Arena at the University of Minnesota.

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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.