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Detroit Lakes finds net often vs. Walker/Hackensack-Akeley

Laker skaters Nate Baker (22) and Brett Provo (3) look for a rebound to pick up in front of the Park Rapids' goal last week. The?Lakers exploded for a 12-4 win over Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Friday.1 / 2
DL forward Chad Maristuen moves the puck up ice during a recent home game for the Laker boys' hockey team.2 / 2

The line of Tanner Lane, Alex Phelps and Andy Schupp is starting to get to know one another and it's paying off good dividends for the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team.

Each of Lane and Phelps are the top two scorers for the Lakers, with Lane already marking up 15 points (eight goals and seven assists), while Phelps has nine (four goals, five assists).

The Lakers were able to pad their stats a bit more with a convincing 12-4 drilling of Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Friday, thus bobbing DL above the .500 mark at 3-2 and extend their winning streak to three games.

Lane finished with eight points, including four goals and four assists, while Phelps had four with three goals and an assist.

Schupp got into the action with a goal and assist. A total of seven different Lakers notched a goal, while 10 DL skaters were credited with at least one assist.

"That line is moving the puck well and we've pushed their focus more down low in the offensive zone," said DL head coach Chris Denardo on the Lane/Phelps/Schupp line. "We've wanted to focus on more shots on goal, because we have been struggling a bit on not being able to finish.

"Our guys got a large amount of shots on net (versus W/H-A) and that is a huge help with momentum."

The Lakers did get off 45 shots on net, while limiting the Wolves to 25. DL sophomore Blake Murphy was bumped up from junior varsity to start the game in net, where he gained the win with 21 saves.

"It was a good learning experience for Blake," Denardo said.

The Lakers set the tone early and often, scoring seven goals in the first period for a 7-1 margin.

They added four more in the second and called the dogs off in the third with just one tally.

Lane recorded a hat trick in the first period, alone, while Phelps added two, along with goals by Brandon Yozamp and Chad Maristuen.

Other DL goal scorers included Nate Baker, Schupp and Davis Johnson. DL also was 3-5 with its power play opportunities.

The Lakers will play in the Fergus Falls Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-31.

They open against West Fargo Monday at 2:30 p.m. and will face last year state qualifier Mankato West Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

The Lakers close with a rematch against Fergus Falls at 4:30 p.m. New Year's Eve. The Otters handed the Lakers a 9-2 loss in the second game of the season, so Denardo is hoping for a better showing the second time around.

"We will want to work on all the little things and just progress a little more," Denardo said of the Christmas Tournament. "We want everything to be clicking by the end of the tournament.

"The Fergus Falls game is also big because it's a section game and could help us with our seeding for the playoffs."

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Walker/Hackensack-Akeley, Friday, Dec. 19.

Lakers 7 4 1 - 12

Wolves 1 1 2 - 4

First period -- 1. DL, Alex Phelps (Tanner Lane, Joe Hanson) 4:28; 2. DL, Lane (Phelps) 6:52; 3. DL, Phelps (Lane, Andy Schupp) 7:08; 4. WHA, J. Karst (T. Knowles) 8:15; 5. DL, PP Lane (Hanson) 11:38; 6. DL, PP Lane (UA) 12:28; 7. DL, Chad Maristuen (Nate Baker) 14:59.

Second period -- 9. DL, Baker (Maristuen, Brett Provo) 2:04; 10. DL, PP Phelps (Lane, Davis Johnson) 3:28; 11. DL, Lane (Alex Deconcini) 12:32; 12. WHA, Karst (UA) 16:06; 13. DL, Schupp (Lane, Provo) 16:42.

Third period -- 14. WHA, Karst (UA) 2:30; 15. DL, Johnson (UA) 9:22; 16. WHA, D. Nelson (Karst) 14:33.

Saves -- DL (Blake Murphy) 21...WHA (M. Bank) 33.

Shots on goal -- DL: 18 18 9 - 45...WHA 7 8 10 - 25.