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Detroit Lakes girls' hockey faces tough competition

Sophomore forward Tiffany Iverson (5) has the puck poked away against Crookston Tuesday night in Kent Freeman Arena.

It was a rough stretch of road for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team after meeting up with two Class 1A state-ranked teams over the past four days.

The Lakers lost to No. 13 Fergus Falls (7-5-1) 9-1 on Saturday, while dropping their home game Tuesday against No. 5 Crookston (15-4-0) and their high-scoring offense, 9-0.

Crookston forward Shannon Kaiser added to her team-leading 44 points with three assists and a goal against the Lakers Tuesday, while the Pirates had explosive first and third periods with four tallies in each frame.

Playing one solid period -- the second -- obviously wasn't enough for the Lakers, who were outshot by a 36-9 margin.

"Heading into the game, we wanted to have three solid periods of play," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "But in the first period, there was too much standing around by our girls, which led to bad positioning.

"Then Crookston was just able to walk it in on us."

Goals by Rachel Broekmeier, Kaiser, Hayley Epema and Lizzy Carlson on DL starting goalie Veronica Roy gave the Pirates a commanding 4-0 lead.

In the first period, Crookston controlled the puck by outshooting DL 16-1.

The Lakers had better control defensively and Roy had nine saves in the second period, as the Pirates added just one more goal, by Lexy Wangen.

"The girls played better in the second and were more inspired," Maloney added. "But we need three periods of good play at this point of the season."

Crookston notched four more scores by Mandie Persson, Wangen, Erika Wheelhouse and Epema.

Crookston's potent offense has four players over 26 points, with Kaiser having 44 on the season and three others -- Wangen, Broekmeier and Wheelhouse -- each scoring 26.

Crookston goalie Erin Barnes-Olson had nine saves, while Roy finished with 27.

The Lakers put a little more pressure on the Otter net Saturday night, but still were outscored 9-1.

DL's Shannon Utecht put the Lakers on the board in the third period to crack the goose egg, with defensive player Ally Nielsen gaining the assist.

Fergus Falls had three goals in each of the periods against DL goalie Winona Goettel.

Despite falling to 2-14-1, the Lakers still have some important section games coming up.

The Lakers will face Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday on the road at 7 p.m., while traveling to Pequot Lakes Saturday for a 3 p.m. start.

DL tied W-DC (3-12-1) earlier this season, and recorded a win over Pequot Lakes (1-10-0). All three teams are close in the standings.

Laker results

Crookston at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Pirates 4 1 4 - 9

Lakers 0 0 0 - 0

First period -- 1. Crk, Jessica Broekemeir (Shannon Kaiser) 4:01; 2. Crk, Kaiser (Erika Wheelhouse) 4:15; 3. Crk, Hayley Epema (Emily Meyer) 6:54; 4. Crk, Lizzy Carlson (Kaiser, Beirmaier) 14:47.

Second period -- 5. Crk, PP Lexy Wangen (Wheelhouse, Kaiser) 8:01.

Third period -- 6. Mandie Persson (Wangen) 5:18; 7. Crk, Wangen (Persson) 8:38; 8. Crk, Wheelhouse (Epema) 11:45; 9. Crk, Epema (Leah Dufault, Berimaier) 15:10.

Saves -- DL (Veronica Roy) 27...Crk (Erin Barnes-Olson) 9.

Shots on goal -- DL 1 4 4 - 9...Crk 16 10 10 - 36.

Power plays -- DL 0-1...Crk 1-1.

Detroit Lakes at Fergus Falls, Saturday, Jan. 17.

Lakers 0 0 1 - 1

Otters 3 3 3 - 9

First period -- 1. FF, Rachel Styve (UA) 6:14; 2. FF, SH Cristina Masten (Tayler Vatnsdal) 13:05; 3. FF, Aimee Magnusson (Haily Johnson) 15:13.

Second period -- 4. FF, Johnson (UA) :23; 5. FF, Devon Clarke (Magnusson) 3:42; 6. FF, Erika Magnusson (UA) 15:05.

Third period -- 7. DL, Shannon Utecht (Ally Nielsen) :40; 8. FF, Jen Swenson (Ambria Johannessen) 6:23; 9. FF, Masten (Kelsie Johnson) 7:44; 10. FF, PP Liz Underwood (E. Magnusson) 11:33.

Saves -- DL (Winona Goettel) 16...FF (Jeni Grugel) 16.