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Lakers pick up big section win over Willmar in boys' hockey

The Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team is riding a hot streak, and it continued with a 4-2 victory over Section 6-1A foe Willmar Friday night. 

The Lakers (8-2-2) downed the home-team Cardinals 4-2 with solid play throughout most of the game. 

After a scoreless first period, which saw some back and forth play, the Lakers came out in the second period and ramped up the energy by outshooting Willmar 12-7 and scoring the first goal, as Nate Baker took a Tanner Lane pass and put it top shelf. 

Willmar scored late in the period to tie the game, but the Lakers felt good about their efforts. 

"For the second straight night we had a solid second and third period and took control of the play, I am pretty happy with that," commented DL head coach Chris Denardo. 

In the third, the Lakers really took over, as Alex Phelps put a nice shot far side on the Willmar goalie to give the Lakers the lead. 

A few minutes later, Lane had a nice move and put the puck top shelf to extend the Laker lead to 3-1. 

After a late Willmar goal, the Lakers controlled the play, which led to Lane adding an insurance goal to give the Lakers the 4-2 win. 

The Lakers outshot Willmar 10-3 in the third and 30-19 for the game. 

Andrew Friesen put in another nice performance stopping 17 shots for his sixth win.

The Lakers' JV made it a sweep for the night, putting up a nice 4-0 win over the Cardinals. 

Austin Starkey got the scoring started in the first off a nice feed from Landon Hochstetler and Ryan Bielke. 

In the second, the Lakers took control on the board as Kirby Inderrieden and Ryan Bielke each scored to give the Lakers a 3-0 lead after two. 

In the third, Ryan Bielke scored his second of the game to give the Lakers a 4-0 win. 

Blake Murphy played strong in net, stopping 30 Willmar shots in getting the shutout victory.