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Third-period blues for Detroit Lakes boys' hockey

There have been plenty of third-period blues this season for the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, which has given up a total of 11 goals in the final frame in their last three games.

That pothole of a stat was a key to the Lakers extending their losing streak to nine games and dropping them to 5-15-0 on the season.

"Something just seems to happen in every game when we go into the third period," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Maybe we let in a couple of soft goals and that leads to everyone else pressing, and the kids lose their confidence.

"That leads to the getting away from the game plan and that does show how young we are."

The Lakers played their last three games in a five-day span and in each contest, the third period was the decisive one for each of their opponents.

Tuesday, the Lakers allowed the home-team Park Rapids Panthers to score three goals in the final period to extend a 3-1 lead.

The Panthers had a large margin in shots on goal, outshooting DL 19-5 in the first period and 12-4 in the second.

But they cashed in during the third by converting three goals out of their 14 shots on net, and it started early.

Forward Ryan Kent completed his hat trick on the night with a goal 19 seconds into the third period, despite the net appearing to be dislodged, which should have stopped play.

"The net was off and there wasn't a whistle to stop play," Denardo said of Kent's third-period goal. "That's when you start thinking you can't get any breaks."

That put the score at 4-1, as a pair of Coburns -- Sam and Tucker -- went for back-to back goals 2:13 apart from each other to widen the gap to 6-1.

DL's leading scorer, sophomore forward Tanner Lane recorded his 39th point and 20th goal later in the period, to make the final score 6-2.

Kevin McMorrow finished with three points for PR, scoring the first goal of the game and adding two assists on the night.

Andrew Friesen finished with 39 saves in the loss, while the Panthers' Brady Yrjo had 17.

The third-period bumps were no more evident for the Lakers than Saturday in Sartell, where the host Sabres piled on five goals in the final frame to erase a 3-1 deficit and ink a 6-3 victory.

"We actually played one of our best games of the season against one of the top three teams in the section," Denardo said of the Sartell loss. "Sartell wasn't capitalizing in the first two periods, they just started to in the third."

Special teams saved Sartell in the third, after the Sabres had outshot DL 35-8 in the first two periods, but still trailed 3-1.

But a 5-on-3 power play advantage was exactly what the Sabres needed, as they cashed in on both opportunities.

Forward Matt Husmann scored on both power play goals during Sartell's two-man advantage, the first coming 2:13 into the third and the second just 1:11 later, to tie the score at 3-3.

The bad mojo continued for the Lakers 1:38 later, on Matt Nahan's goal.

The Sabres capped the scoring barrage with goals by Andrew Deters and Austin Plaine.

Sartell outshot DL 58-15, as Friesen played well, with a lofty 52 saves.

"Andrew eliminated those soft goals, because all of Sartell's goals were solid," Denardo said. "The guys played with some high intensity, it's just that the mental part of the game isn't very good now."

Intensity -- or a lack thereof -- was the deciding factor in a 5-3 loss to Prairie Centre in Sauk Centre Friday.

This time, Prairie Centre scored three goals in the third period to break open a 2-2 tie after the second.

And again, the Lakers' opponents scored early in the final period, as Brandon Schulzetenberg scored 2:58 into the period.

Alex Phelps hooked up with Lane 2:52 later to tie the score at 3-3, but an unassisted power play goal by Levi Lawinger with 7:38 left in regulation put the home team up 4-3.

An empty netter by Travis Moller capped the scoring.

"The thing was in that game (against Prairie Centre), we played in their zone for about 80 percent of the time," Denardo said. "But we were not getting the shots on net (DL let 28-25 in shots on goal). If we could have had the intensity like we had against Sartell, we could have put (PC) down by 10 goals."

Blake Murphy started his second game in net and had 20 saves, while PC's Marcus Tomsche had 25.

Ethan Brekke and Davis Johnson scored DL's first two goals in the first and second periods, respectively.

The Lakers will finally be back on home ice Saturday, but it will not get any easier, as they host undefeated section leader Little Falls (18-0) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Park Rapids, Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Lakers 1 0 1 - 2

Panthers 2 1 3 - 6

First period -- 1. PR, K. McMorrow (K. Kanten, T. Coborn) 2:54; 2. PR, R. Kent (B. Olson, McMorrow) 10:12; 3. DL, Alex Phelps (UA) 13:28.

Second period -- 4. PR, R. Kent (Olson) :23.

Third period -- 5. PR, Kent (Olson, Mickelson) :19; 6. PR, S. Coborn (UA) 1:00; 7. PR, SH Coborn (McMorrow, S. Coborn) 3:47; 8. DL, Tanner Lane (UA) 9:11.

Saves -- DL (Andrew Friesen) 39...PR (B. Yrjo) 17.

Shots on goal -- DL 5 4 10 - 19...PR 19 12 14 - 45.

Power plays -- DL 0-4...PR 0-3.

Detroit Lakes at Sartell Saturday, Jan. 31.

Lakers 1 2 0 - 3

Sabres 0 1 5 - 6

First period -- 1. DL, Tanner Lane (Alex Phelps, Davis Johnson) :13.

Second period -- 2. DL, Nate Ginnaty (Lane, Phelps) 6:23; 3. DL, PP Lane (Bryant Swenson) 7:35; 4. Sart, A. Worzala (M. Husmann, M. Nahan) 9:20.

Third period -- 5. Sart, PP Husmann (Worzala) 2:13; 6. Sart, PP Husmann (Worzala, Nahan) 3:02; 7. Sart, Nahan (Worzala, N. Zierden) 4:40; 8. Sart, A. Deters (A. Plaine, Nahan) 7:22; 9. Sart, Plaine (B. Kruse, S. Tillman) 9:36.

Saves -- DL (Andrew Friesen) 52...Sart (B. Orndorf) 12.

Shots on goal -- DL 3 5 7 - 15...Sart 16 19 23 - 58.

Power plays -- DL 1-9...Sart 2-5.

Detroit Lakes at Prairie Centre in Sauk Centre, Friday, Jan. 30.

Lakers 1 1 1 - 3

P.C. 2 0 3 - 5

First period -- 1. PC, C. Deters (J. Christianson, C. Bartkowicz) 7:44; 2. PC, T. Thornbloom (L. Lawinger) 8:54; 3. DL, Ethan Brekke (Lane) 9:58.

Second period -- 4. DL, Johnson (Andy Schupp) 15:43.

Third period -- 5. PC, B. Schulzetenberg (T. Moller) 2:58; 6. DL, Lane (Phelps) 5:06; 7. PC, PP Lawinger (UA) 8:22; 8. PC, EN T. Moller (Deters) 15:42.

Saves -- DL (Blake Murphy) 20...PC (M. Tomsche) 25.

Shots on goal -- DL (11 8 9 - 28...PC 10 4 11 - 25.

Power plays -- 0-4...PC 1-4.