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Solid start goes for naught in Lakers girls' hockey

The final results maybe the same, but the Lakers are slowly taking steps to rectify that.

After losing to Alexandria earlier in the season by the score of 7-2, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team played three solid periods with the Cardinals before falling 5-1.

DL played to a scoreless first period and only trailed 2-0 heading into the third, before Alexandria scored the all-important momentum goal to pull away early in the final period.

Laker goalie Veronica Roy had 15 saves in the first period to keep DL in striking distance.

But the Cardinals kept the pressure on by outshooting the Lakers by a 34-17 margin.

"We were able to keep them away from the front of the net to minimize their scoring opportunities, and we had a couple of good scoring opportunities early in the third that we didn't cash in on," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "It would have been ideal to get a score early, just to help us gain some momentum.

"I thought we had three solid periods of hockey and I think it will just be a matter of time before we can start getting up on a team."

The Lakers scored their lone goal in the third period, with Tiffany Iverson picking up the tally after trailing 4-0.

Roy finished with 29 saves.

"I'm seeing improvement in the little areas, despite not winning," Maloney said.

"We just need to start getting the puck in the net earlier in the game, so we don't have to play from behind all the time."

The Lakers (3-12-1) will host Wadena-Deer Creek (5-6) Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.