EGF ruins DL's quick start with 2-1 win
The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team has dropped to even in Section 8-1A play after losing in East Grand Forks Tuesday by the score of 2-1.
The defeat drops the Lakers to 4-4 in the section, which is the fourth-best record. DL is 17-5-0 overall as they prepared for its big showdown with Thief River Falls, which was played Saturday (results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record).
The Lakers' chances looked good to improve to 5-3 right off the bat against EGF, as senior forward Jedd Harms scored 28 seconds into the game on a Joe Schiller assist. But that would be the last time DL would find the back of the net, as the Green Wave scored in the second period and notched the winning goal on a power play opportunity with six minutes left in the game.
"We came out fine, but played a little soft," said DL head coach Jason Vold. "And I thought we ended the game fabulous by outshooting them 16-5 in the third period."
It wasn't due to a lack of shots for DL, just finished shots.
"It was one of those games we needed to play a full three periods and we only played one or two," Vold said. "And we just couldn't get the puck in the net. We had some great opportunities, but even if you do everything right and don't finish, that doesn't help."
The game featured two of the section's top goalies in DL's Mike Haggart and EGF's Kane Aubol. Haggart leads the section with 92 percent save mark, while Aubol is third with a 90.3 percent mark.
"Both goalies played well," Vold said. "(Aubol) controlled the rebounds. The bottom line is, we didn't finish."
With Schiller's assist, he moved into second place on the section scoring list with 54 points, including 18 goals and 36 assists. He followed TRF's Michael Forney, who has 60 points on 23 goals and 37 assists.
Harms is fifth on the list with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) and forward Jake Bergquist is sixth at 49 points (27-22).
Second-line forward Mox Gunderson is the section's 19-best scorer with 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists.
DL has two games remaining, with a road contest in Bemidji Tuesday and a regular-season wrap-up home game against section foe Red Lake Falls Thursday.