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Detroit Lakes boys' hockey goes 1-1 in inagural home tournament

There was another type Thanksgiving holiday Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena, as the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team feasted on the Becker/Big Lake Eagles 13-2.

But the Lakers were not able to go perfect in their first annual Thanksgiving Tournament after dropping their Sunday game to Fort Frances, Canada, 5-3.

Junior forward Tanner Lane had the majority of that Saturday feast on the Eagles, scoring six goals and adding three assists.

First-line mate senior Alex Phelps punched in two goals and assisted on five more, while Nate Baker capped a great night by the DL line with two tallies and a pair of assists.

DL had 61 shots on net in the game.

"We just had good puck movement," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "And it wasn't just the guys skating down the ice by themselves and shooting. Tanner was able to use his teammates well and with that line he's on, he will see a lot of shots."

Other Lakers scoring included Chad Maristuen, Davis Johnson and Alex Deconcini.

Michael Brunner made his varsity debut in net, saving nine shots.

"There were many shots on Michael, but he had a few nice saves and did a good job," Denardo said.

The Muskies of Fort Frances did a good job bottling up the potent Laker first line for most of the night for the 5-3 win and the tournament title.

The Muskie goalie had an almost lights-out performance, making 10 saves which looked like goals for the Lakers.

"He was playing on his head," Denardo said of the Fort Frances goalie.

But DL was able to crack that dam a few times early to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Johnson and Baker found the holes for back-to-back first period goals, but the Canadian team buried two straight goals in the second period for a 3-2 advantage.

The Muskies padded their lead with two more consecutive tallies, before the Baker notched his second goal.

DL had 29 shots on net, while goalie Andrew Friesen had 22 saves for the home team.

"Andrew had two goals he wished he could have back, but I was pleased how he popped back from those," Denardo said. "The key was that we made some mistakes, and they capitalized on them like a Canadian team usually does.

"We didn't play bad, but they were able to finish their checks, but we were not outplayed."

Fort Frances harassed Lane the entire game, keeping last year's leading scorer goalless.

DL (1-1) will have two important Section 6-1A games this week, with the first being at Pequot Lakes to face the Lightning.

Saturday will see rival Fergus Falls coming to town for a 7:30 p.m. start.

"These are two huge section games for us," Denardo said. "We showed if we have good puck movement, we will be a hard to team to beat."