Mid-State Conference claimed by Park Rapids
So close, but ending up being just too far away...
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team was so close to clinching the Mid-State Conference title, but just couldn't hang on in the end.
The Park Rapids Panthers left Kent Freeman Arena Mid-State Conference Champions after beating the Lakers 5-3.
"Another close loss for us; the one goal losses are adding up and getting frustrating," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Hopefully the boys can keep it together here and fight through this."
The Lakers (14-7-2) started off early, as Tanner Lane put home an Alex Mason pass.
Park Rapids answered back three minutes later to tie the game.
In the second the Lakers jumped out again, as Phelps took a Lane pass and blew the puck by the Panther goalie.
Once again though, the Panthers answered back.
Lane put the Lakers back up on a nice top shelf shot at the end of the second.
The Lakers played well for the first 13 minutes of the third, keeping the puck in the Panther end, but the Panthers added the tying goal with four minutes to go.
Then just 15 seconds later, the Panthers took the lead by outworking the Lakers' defense in front of the net.
An open netter at the end sealed the deal.
Andrew Friesen stopped 25 shots in goal, while the Lakers could only muster up 20 shots on the night.
The Lakers' JV beat up on the Panthers by a score of 5-0.
Kirby Inderrieden started the scoring off early in the first. Cody Olsen followed two minutes later to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Brennan Benscoter tipped a Zach Saunders shot and Ryan Beilke scored shortly after to give the Lakers a 4-0 lead.
Inderrieden added a third period goal to give the Lakers the win.
Michael Brunner stopped all 12 Panther shots for the shutout.