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Laker girls' hockey drops last three

Despite losing its last five games, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey squad is still looking for some momentum heading into the Section playoffs, with just two games remaining in the regular season.

A five-game losing streak has made that search a bit more cumbersome, but the Lakers (5-17-1) can take some good out of their last three games.

"I have seen this team get better and they are progressing, we just have had some slow starts," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.

Against No. 12-ranked Bemidji, that slow start resulted in a 5-0 deficit by the end of the first period Thursday inside Kent Freeman Arena.

The Lumberjacks put on a good passing display, which set up a bevy of good scoring opportunities and eventually a 14-1 rout.

Amanda Hunt had three goals for Bemidji, while forward Shelby Sauer put in four tallies.

"It's tough to fall that hard in a game, the only thing you can do is stay up and play the game," Maloney said. "The only thing you can do is come out a better team."

The Laker's rugged schedule continued last Tuesday in a 6-2 loss to section foe Morris/Benson.

Again, a sluggish start resulted in a 4-0 deficit for the Lakers, before forward Brianna Seebold broke DL's scoreless streak.

But M/B scored two more goals for the 6-1 advantage, as Seebold found the back of the net again in the third period to cap the scoring.

DL outshot the home team by a 34-31 margin.

"It was a back and forth game, we just dug ourselves a hole again," Maloney said. "Then we are forced to battle back the entire game. Morris/Benson (17-2) has a good top line which hurt us."

The Lakers will see M/B again to close out the season inside Kent Freeman Arena on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

DL did score the first goal last Friday against visiting Thief River Falls (7-11), with Callie Johnson putting her team up 1-0 on an unassisted effort at the 13:32 mark of the first period.

But TRF took a power play goal to open the second by Megan Bergland, her first of four goals in the 5-3 win.

Johnson answered with assists by Tiffany Iverson and Emily Payne, but the Prowlers scored the next two -- both by Bergland -- to take a 3-2 lead.

Iverson knotted the score with an unassisted goal 1:53 into the third, but TRF matched that, plus one, to cap the scoring at 5-3.

"We matched up with them well," Maloney said. "The girls came out, played well, and created good scoring opportunities."

Both teams had 28 shots on goal.

DL traveled to No. 8 ranked East Grand Forks (12-8-1) Saturday and will close out at home against Morris/Benson.

Laker results

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Jan. 28.

Lumberjacks 5 5 4 - 14

Lakers 0 1 0 - 1

First period -- 1. Bem, Hunt (Sauer) :32; 2. Bem, Sauer (Haifort, Larson) 1:58; 3. Bem, Sauer (Lapp, Nelson) 5:07; 4. Bem, Hunt (Swartz) 5:26; 5. Bem, Lapp (Sauer, Nelson) 11:00.

Second period -- 6. Bem, Sauer (Lapp) 3:43; 7. DL, B. Johnson (UA) 6:08; 8. Bem, Gregg (Miller) 7:55; 9. Bem, Hunt (UA) 10:25; 10. Bem, Johnson (UA) 12:07; 11. Bem, Nelson (Lapp) 14:15.

Third period -- 12. Bem, Phelps (Lapp) 5:38; 13. Bem, Johnson (UA) 11:50; 14. Bem, Wolkastopev (UA) 12:50; 15. Bem, Sauer (Larson) 13:30.

Saves -- DL (S. Dugger, V. Roy) 8 12 5 - 25...Bem: Denzer/Thompson) 2 1 4 - 7.

Detroit Lakes at Morris/Benson, Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Lakers 0 1 1 - 2

M/B 3 1 2 - 6

First period -- 1. MB, D. Schultz (UA) 15:22; 2. MB, Schultz (Hovdel) 10:34; 3. MB, Mahoney (Schultz, Lindblad) 7:50.

Second period -- 4. MB, SH Schultz (UA) 12:51; 5. DL, B. Seebold (UA) 7:29.

Third period -- 6. MB, Schultz, UA) 15:30; 7. MB, B. Anderson (Rajewsky) 8:14; 8. DL, Seebold (C. Johnson) 2:23.

Saves -- DL 27...MB 32.

Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Jan. 22.

Prowlers 0 3 2 - 5

Lakers 1 1 1 - 3

First period -- 1. DL, C. Johnson (UA) 13:32.

Second period -- 2. TRF, PP M. Bergland (Aundal) 13:23; 3. DL, C. Johnson (Iverson, Payne) 6:50; 4. TRF, Bergland (Lindquist) 8:44; 5. TRF, PP Bergland (Mahwitz) 14:12.

Third period -- 6. DL, Iverson (UA) 1:53; 7. TRF, Malwitz (Bergland) 6:26; 8. TRF, PP Bergland (Malwitz) 15:56.

Saves -- DL 23...TRF 25.

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