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Laker forward Brianna Seebold skates into the opponents' zone earlier this season. The Lakers open the playoffs Saturday.

Two late goals by the visiting Morris/Benson girls' hockey team sunk the Lakers' hopes for a regular-season finale upset Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena.

Two late goals by junior center Dani Schultz in the third period lifted the Storm (21-2) to a 3-2 victory over the Lakers (5-19-1) Saturday.

The Lakers held onto a 2-1 advantage as time was winding down, after a goal by Emily Raboin (assist to Callie Johnson) and a third-period power play opportunity by Shannon Utecht.

With the clock ticking under the three-minute mark, Schultz picked up a loose puck in a scrum in front of the DL net and scored the tying tally, with 2:30 left in regulation.

The Lakers created some solid scoring opportunities after Schultz' tying goal, but Schultz completed her natural hat trick with 29 seconds left in the third period.

"We controlled the game for the most part and had some nice scoring opportunities," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "But it was a heartbreaker. It was a good, solid hockey game."

Even though the loss stings for the Lakers, they have the inside track on hosting a first round Section 6-1A playoff game, Saturday at 7 p.m. against either Pequot Lakes or Wadena-Deer Creek.

The winner of that game will move on to face the No. 1 seeded team, which will be determined Wednesday afternoon.

"We need to take care of business right away and get the puck in the net early Saturday," Maloney said. "We can't let whoever we're playing hang around."

Pequot Lakes ended the regular season with a 3-18 record, while Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle finished 8-12.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.