Lane lifts Lakers over Panthers
The visiting Park Rapids Panthers had done a good job putting the wraps on Detroit Lakes' super sophomore and leading scorer Tanner Lane for the first 51:15 of the game Tuesday.
But that didn't last as the Panthers couldn't do it for the full game, with Lane making a spectacular short-handed goal 15:15 into the final period to put the Lakers on top 3-2.
An intercepted pass by junior forward Alex Phelps started the game-winning series of plays, as he promptly passed the puck to a breaking Lane.
A Panther defenseman was able to tangle up with the streaking Lane, who stumbled, but regained his composure quickly.
That stumble paused the PR goalie, in which Lane took advantage of, pelting the puck through the five hole.
"(During the third period) I noticed Park Rapids was playing just two lines and (defenseman Kevin McMorrow) didn't look like he left the ice at all in the second or third periods," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "We were a lot fresher because we skated three lines who are equally effective."
In fact, DL's youngest line of Nate Baker, Chad Maristuen and Brett Provo produced two of the team's three goals.
DL junior goalie Andrew Friesen notched his first win of the season by snuffing out the remainder of the Panthers' shots, to finish with an impressive 31 saves on the game.
"Andrew played well," Denardo said. "Park Rapids had a lot shot on their power plays and (Friesen) had some really nice stops on those shots. That's promising if we have two goalies play well (along with Chris Widme)."
Lane's winning goal now gives the sophomore forward seven points on the season, including four goals in five games.
Assisting on the short-handed tally was his forward mate Phelps, who has a second-leading five points on the season, including four assists.
The Lakers (2-3) needed the late-game goal after Park Rapids senior forward Brandon Mickelson tied the game at 2-2, with an assist by Dan Ricke, 9:46 into the third period.
DL never trailed in the game, with the opening tally recorded by sophomore forward Baker, just 2:25 into the first period. Maristuen was awarded the assist.
The Panthers tied the game 13:12 into the first on Tucker Coborn's goal, assisted by Kyle Kanten and Sam Coborn.
Ethan Brekke put the Lakers back on top with the second period's lone score, that coming 5:18 into the period, with Provo and Baker gaining assists.
"I thought we controlled the game for the most part and really started to take control in the second period," Denardo added. "Our defense kept the shot on the outside for the most part, too."
The Lakers (2-2) finished with 29 shots on net, including 13 in the second period, while the Panthers had 33.
DL will next travel to Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (0-3) Friday for a 7 p.m. start.
Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Panthers 1 0 1 - 2
Lakers 1 1 1 - 3
First period -- 1. DL, Nate Baker (Chad Maristuen) 2:25; 2. PR, T. Coborn (K. Kanten, S. Coborn) 13:12.
Second period -- 3. DL, Ethan Brekke (Brett Provo, Baker) 5:18.
Third period -- 4. PR, B. Mickelson (D. Ricke) 9:46; 5. DL, SH Tanner Lane (Alex Phelps) 15:15.
Saves -- DL (Andrew Friesen) 31...PR (B. Yrjo) 26.