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Lakers gain shootout victory over Otters

Although it wasn't dished out exactly the way they wanted it to, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team did exact some revenge against their rivals Fergus Falls (4-4-2) in the Otter Holiday Tournament Dec. 31.

It took a shootout for the Lakers to do just that after a 3-3 tie ended regulation play, due to no overtimes being played in the tournament.

"That will have to be our overtime against them," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "I was hoping we would get a chance for OT, but their tourney wasn't set up that way, so we had to settle for the shootout."

DL scored three times in the shootout, with Nate Baker, Alex Phelps and Brett Provo all notching goals.

Laker goalie Andrew Friesen stopped all three of the Otters' shots.

The Lakers looked as if they had the game in hand in the last minute, but a non-call on the Otters after Tanner Lane was dragged down to the ice, led to a break up ice and a nice shot top shelf to tie the game with 30 seconds left. 

"We let them off the hook all night long and didn't put them away like we should have, and it comes back to bite you in the end so that is what we will have to deal with," Denardo said. 

Friesen had another solid game in net for the Lakers, stopping 28 shots. 

The tie brings the Lakers' season record to 6-2-2 heading into a busy month of January, as they travel to Wadena-Deer Creek (3-9) Thursday and to Willmar (8-2) Friday.