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Laker girls take third in River Lakes Tourney

The holiday break for the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team was a mixed bag, but ended up good in the end with a third-place showing in the River Lakes Holiday Tournament.

The Lakers took third with a 4-2 win over Pequot Lakes on Tuesday in Richmond.

"We controlled the game from start to finish," said Detroit Lakes coach Dan Maloney.

That control came in the form of a 45-13 shot advantage over the Patriots.

It was close until the end, though, as the Lakers didn't have the game in hand until an empty-netter from Callie Johnson with 17 seconds left.

Pequot Lakes came within one goal when Emily Erickson scored with 1:39 left on the clock.

Maloney said Laker goalie Amanda Moore had a tough job in not seeing enough shots. It's a tough choice of not seeing enough action or getting peppered with shots.

She ended up seeing only three two shots in the third period -- saving one.

Brianna Seebold started the scoring four minutes in with an unassisted goal.

Johnson followed up two minutes later with a goal, assisted by Emily Raboin and Seebold.

"We had two nice goals in the first period and put a lot of pressure on their goaltender," Maloney said.

Pequot Lakes got on the board with a goal from Kaylyn Eggena at the 5:44 mark in the second period.

Brita Johnson put Detroit Lakes up 3-1 with a goal near the six-minute mark of the third.

Lakers keep up with No. 12 Fairbault in loss

Detroit Lakes dropped its opening round game to No. 12 ranked Faribault 5-1 Monday.

"There's something to that at this point in the season," Maloney said of Faribault's ranking.

He said he was pleased with the girls' performance in both of their tournament games.

Despite losing to the Falcons, Detroit Lakes outshot them 29-26.

"We played three solid periods of hockey," Maloney said.

Megan Bergland scored a hat trick for Faribault in helping it to the win.

Bergland opened the scoring 4:51 into the game, with Kristin Sirek's goal 15:04 in the first, giving Faribault a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, the first minute of the second period was hard to swallow.

Veronica Roy gave up two goals in the opening 49 seconds -- both to Bergland -- and was pulled for Moore.

"If you give up four goals, it's hard to come back from that," Maloney said.

Seebold scored the Lakers' loan goal four minutes into the third period.

The Falcons finished their scoring when Mackenzie Knack scored with nine minutes to go.

The Lakers' junior varsity team dropped both of their games at the tournament -- losing 9-2 to St. Cloud on Monday and 5-1 to River Lakes on Tuesday.

Seebold and Hayley Maloney earned all-tournament honors for the Lakers.

The Lakers are back in action Tuesday with a trip to Fargo South.

Laker results

Fairbault vs. Detroit Lakes, Monday, Dec. 28.

Falcons 2 2 1 - 5

Lakers 0 0 1 - 1

First period -- 1. F, Megan Bergland (Shelby Salmonsen) 4:51; 2. F, Kristen Sirek (Salmonsen) 15:04.

Second period -- 3. F, Bergland (Jackie Johnson) 0:09; 4. Bergland (Unassisted).

Third period -- 5. DL, Brianna Seebold (Unassisted) 3:51; 6. F, Mackenzie Knack (Bergland) 8:31. Saves --  F (Hannah Seitz) 9 8 11 - 28...DL (Veronica Roy) 6 1 - 7; (Amanda Moore) 4 10 - 14.

Pequot Lakes vs. Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Patriots 0 1 1 - 2

Lakers 2 0 2 - 4

First period -- 1. DL, Brianna Seebold (Unassisted) 4:18; 2 DL, Callie Johnson (Emily Raboin, Seebold) 6:38.

Second period -- 3. PL, Kaylyn Eggena (Unassisted) 5:52.

Third period -- 4. DL, Brita Johnson (Ashley Friesen) 5:44; 5. PL, Emily Erickson (Unassisted) 15:21; 6. DL, Callie Johnson (Unassisted - empty net) 16:43. Saves --  PL (Brooke Serfling) 15 14 12 - 41...DL (Amanda Moore) 3 7 1 - 11.