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Slow starts hinder Lakers in two losses

Detroit Lakes defensive player Emily Raboin skates into Sartell's zone Saturday.(Taylor Blank/DL Newspapers)

The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team has been inflicted with slow starts in their last two games, resulting in a pair of losses to drop to 0-5 on the season.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids and Moorhead each started with four goals in the first period to start the Lakers off with big deficits going into the final two periods.

Those quick starts led to an 8-1 win by the Spuds in Moorhead Tuesday and a 6-1 victory Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena Saturday by Sartell.

"We need to work hard in the first period," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "We have let three to four goals be scored in a 10-minute span and that needs to be improved on."

The Spuds scored the first three goals Tuesday, as DL's Brianna Seebold stopped the skid at the 8:27 mark in the first period to pull the Lakers to within 3-1.

But Moorhead added another power play goal at the 11:17 mark for the 4-1 advantage. They added two goals in each of the second and third periods to finish off DL.

Moorhead forward Ashley Stenerson had a natural hat trick through the second and third periods, while finishing with five points, including two assists.

Laker freshman goalie Veronica Roy had 38 saves, including 17 in the first period, while DL produced 21 shots on goal.

The Sabres had a similar start Saturday, with a 4-0 edge heading into the first intermission.

Kendra Rasmussen had two of her three goals in the first period, while Callie Johnson notched DL's lone score, with McKenzie Nielsen gaining the assist in the second period.

Sartell shut the door with two more tallies in the third.

"Sartell had a fluky goal to start the game and from there, that's the way it seemed to go for us," Maloney said. "We shot even with them at seven shots each in the first and responded well with a quick goal in the second period and outshooting them in the second."

Roy had 11 saves in the second period alone, while the Lakers had 11 shots on net.

But the 4-1 hole was just a bit too deep to get out of.

"When things start going that way, like they did in the first period, we need to find a way to break that cycle," Maloney added. "But I was looking at how they responded after falling down 4-0 and they battled back well."

The Lakers will have the Thanksgiving break off and will play at Mid-State Conference rival Park Rapids Tuesday.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Moorhead, Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Lakers 1 0 0 - 1

Spuds 4 2 2 - 8

FIRST PERIOD: 1, M, Christian (Stenerson, Haak), 3:02. 2, M, Drechsel (Odney, Carey), 3:46. 3, M, Magnan (Erickson, Stenerson), 7:38. 4, DL, Seebold (Johnson), 8:27. 5, M, Stoddard (Haak), 11:17 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 6, M, Stenerson, 2:38 (pp). 7, M, Stenerson (Haak, Christian), 7:01.

THIRD PERIOD: 8, M, Stenerson, 1:46 (pp). 9, M, Drechsel (Carey, Christian), 5:55 (pp).

SAVES: DL, Roy 17-12-9-38. M, Beth Myers 4-12-4-20.

Sartell at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Nov. 21.

Sabres 4 0 2 - 6

Lakers 0 1 0 - 1

First period -- 1. Sart, Jacobson (Johnson, Kothenbeutel); 2. Sart, Lahr (UA); 3. Sart, Rasmussen (Kothenbeutel); 4. Sart, Rasmussen (Kothenbeutel, Jacobson).

Second period -- 5. DL, Callie Johnson (McKenzie Nielsen).

Third period -- 6. Sart, Rasmussen (UA); 7. Sart, Jacobson (UA).

Saves -- DL (Veronica Roy) 3 11 9 - 23...Sart (Shelby Gunderson) 7 10 12 - 29.