Lakers skate to first win of season
The right components were in place Friday night for the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they skated to their first victory of the season with a 4-2 win over visiting St. Paul Bernard's.
After starting the season 0-2, the DL defense played its game, while senior goalie Chris Widme pulled out his best performance with 33 saves.
It was a much better performance by the Lakers than in their 9-2 loss to Fergus Falls last Saturday, said DL head coach Chris Denardo, who also nabbed his first win as the Laker coach.
"All week, we worked hard on the basics," Denardo said. "Against Fergus Falls, we were just throwing the pucks around and getting beat to every puck.
"Tonight, we were able to drive in their zone and have good puck movement and were able to attack them. We also got to the pucks first."
DL's leading scorer, sophomore Tanner Lane, scored his second and third goals of the season, bookending his tallies.
He opened the game up with a nice shot past Saint's goalie Matt Paavola 3:14 into the game, with assists going to his linemates Andy Schupp and Alex Phelps.
But the Saints answered just over two minutes later, as Zach Dinzeo had an unassisted effort to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period.
The Lakers took control of the second, with back-to-back goals by Brandon Yozamp and Chad Maristuen, and four assists being handed out by Nate Ginnaty, Danny Engberg, Joe Hanson and Brett Provo.
The score was 3-2 after a Mike Anderson goal 12:56 into the second.
But Lane finished what he started, putting the sealant goal past Paavola with just under four minutes to go for the 4-2 margin of victory.
"We've been working with Tanner moving the puck and that has created more opportunities for him because he can get the puck back in open space," Denardo said. "He's not a secret anymore, teams are gunning for him."
The Lakers controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Saints 15-6.
"It was a good night for all the players," Denardo said. "Tonight they also played more physical, they opened it up and laid some bodies out."
The Lakers (1-2) will host Mid-State Conference rival Park Rapids Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. start.
St. Paul Bernard's at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Dec. 12.
Saints 1 1 0 - 2
Lakers 1 2 1 - 4
First period -- 1. DL, Tanner Lane (Andy Schupp, Alex Phelps) 3:14; 2. SP, Zach Dinzeo (UA) 5:35.
Second period -- 3. DL, Brandon Yozamp (Nate Ginnaty, Danny Engberg) 1:44; 2. DL, Chad Maristuen (Joe Hanson, Brett Provo) 4:53; 3. SP, SH Mike Anderson (Sam Wilczyk, Doug Appel) 12:56.
Third period -- 6. DL, Lane (Phelps) 14:49.
Saves -- DL (Chris Widme) 33...SP (Matt Paavola) 27.