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Lakers can't muster enough vs. Park Rapids

Laker Emily Raboin skates into the Panther zone Tuesday. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

The Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team couldn't find a spark to ignite their first winning streak of the season, losing to the visiting Park Rapids Panthers 2-1 Tuesday.

Both teams seemed stuck in neutral in the first and third periods, while each found the back of the net in the second.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, a short-handed goal by sophomore forward Jessica Gapinski was the deciding factor, after the Panther went unscathed down the ice and put the puck past DL goalie Veronica Roy to put her team up 2-0 with 11:30 left in the second period.

The Lakers also didn't take advantage of three consecutive power plays in the second, recording just five shots on net in the three opportunities.

"We just were not moving our skates all night," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "We were not as intense and played a little flat. The opportunity was there many times.

"That short-handed goal was tough."

Gapinski broke a scoreless tie just 1:38 into the second period, which was followed by her unassisted breakaway goal.

The Lakers pounced on the board on a nice rebound pickup by forward Emily Payne, who was camped out in the slot and poked the putback in off the shot by Tiffany Iverson.

But the third period produced few shots and no points, as the Panthers held on for the 2-1 win.

"We never got control of the puck during our power plays and we came up short in intensity in the third period," Maloney said.

It was a different story Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena as the Lakers put on a scoring barrage in an 8-4 win over Pequot Lakes.

The Lakers' first line was also compiling goal after goal, including a four-goal third period to evaporate a 4-4 tie.

"It was a good win, especially after we were tied 4-4 going into the third period," Maloney said. "The girls responded well, too, after falling down 2-0 in the first period."

Forward Brianna Seebold collected two goals and five assists in the game, with both tallies coming in the third, along with two of her assists.

Callie Johnson also found nylon four times, along with two assists.

The Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of Mandy Carlson goals, but Johnson put DL on the board, with the assist going to Seebold.

Tiffany Iverson scored with eight seconds left in the first to knot the score at 2-2.

"The girls responded well and getting that last goal with eight seconds left was a nice sign," Maloney said.

The visitors rebounded with a goal 4:17 into the second by Emily Erickson, but once again, the Lakers responded, with Johnson notching her second goal just seven seconds later.

Johnson gave DL its first lead at 4-3, with assists by Payne and Seebold, while Erickson forced a 4-4 tie with 2:19 left in the second.

The Lakers outshot the Pats by a 51-30 margin, with Amanda Moore gaining the win in the nets with 26 saves.

The Lakers (2-8-1) will host East Grand Forks Monday for a 7:30 p.m. start.