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Samantha Benson (11) controls the puck in the Sartell/Sauk Rapids’ zone Saturday during the Lakers’ 3-0 regular season finale loss. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Lakers playing well heading into playoffs

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Lakers playing well heading into playoffs
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Despite being shut out by the Sartell/Sauk Rapids girls’ hockey team Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena, the Detroit Lakes Lakers put up a good defensive effort in a 3-0 loss in the regular season finale.

The Lakers limited the Storming Sabres (18-4-3) to 26 shots, while putting 21 on net themselves.

The Sabres didn’t score until late in the second period, with 2:40 left, on a Lexi Holman unassisted goal.

The visitors put the insurance on the board with goals by Holman and Sarah Kaschmitter, but the Lakers once again proved they can hang with a highly-touted team.

DL goalie Veronica Badurek had 23 saves in the game.

The Lakers will finish the regular season with a 6-11-4 record and look to have the inside track on the No. 3 seed in the Section 6-1A playoffs.

If they are awarded the No. 3 seed, they will host an opening round game Saturday, with time to be determined. 

Sartell/Sauk Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Feb. 1

Sabres      0 1 2 – 3

Lakers       0 0 0 – 0

1st Period -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Wurdelman, SSR (High-Sticking, Minor, 2 min) 6:29; Smith, SSR (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 10:05; Rhodes, DL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 13:11. Goalie Changes: None

2nd Period -- Scoring: SSR - Holman Goal (even strength) 14:20. Penalties: Smith, SSR (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 3:46; Holman, SSR (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 4:56; Nolan, DL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 6:59; Stockinger, SSR (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 8:21; Szymanski, SSR (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 11:21; SSR (Bench Minor, Minor, 2 min) 11:21; Rhodes, DL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 14:59. Goalie Changes: None

3rd Period -- Scoring: SSR - Holman Goal (even strength) (Mohr, Kaschmitter) 0:24; SSR - Kaschmitter Goal (even strength) (Holman) 8:37. Penalties: Szymanski, SSR (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 9:17; Johnson, DL (Body Checking, Minor, 2 min) 10:27; Gallagher, SSR (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 16:37. Goalie Changes: None

Shots on goal – DL 4 12 5 – 21…SSR 9 7 10 – 26

Saves – DL (Veronica Badurek) 23…SRR (Clare Minnerath) 21

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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.