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Stars' goalie Tomsche snuffs out Laker boys' hockey's season

Running into a hot goalie is usually a fatal happening, especially in the section playoffs.

That's what happened to the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as the Laker's season ended Saturday.

Despite controlling the puck with a wide 49-19 gap in shots on goal, the No. 9 Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team lost to No. 8 Prairie Centre 8-3 in the Section 6-1A play-in game in Long Prairie.

Star's winning goalie Marcus Tomsche - who had 70 saves against Little Falls earlier this season -- denied the Lakers any breathing room, saving 46, which included an onslaught of 14 shots in the second period.

On the other side, the Stars converted five shots on net into four goals in the second period to slam the door on the Lakers.

They added two more goals on just three shots on net in the third.

"Our guys played well, they moved the puck well, we just were lacking on the defense and goalie play," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "The entire night we were firing off shots left and right, we had a lot of great opportunities and chances to score.

"But their goalie stood strong in the net."

After DL opened the scoring on a Josh Saunders' goal, with an assist by Tanner Lane and Travis Maristuen, the Stars rebounded with two goals for the 2-1 lead after one period.

The Lakers pelted out 14 shots on goal in the second period, but Tomsche was up to the task, as his team found the net four times to open the game up 6-1.

DL added another 21 shots on goal in the third, but came out with just two goals -- both by Lane -- while Prairie Centre extended the lead with two goals of their own.

Andrew Friesen and Blake Murphy shared duties in the net for the Lakers.

DL finished the season with a 7-18-0 record.