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Little Falls notches win in overtime

Laker winger Nate Baker tries to gain control of the puck during a Section 6-1A home game against Northern Lakes. DL lost its second-straight section game Saturday.

Another pothole was hit by the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team, as they dropped their second straight Section 6-1A game with a 5-4 overtime loss in Little Falls Saturday.

Several defensive breakdowns allowed the Flyers (6-16-1) to overcome a DL two-goal rally in the third period, as Austin Bjorge notched the winning overtime goal 1:34 into the extra period.

"Their defense did the little things right to help win the game," said DL head coach Chris Denardo. "Our defense was not on their game, either. We allowed three goals to go in right in front of our net, that's uncharacteristic of our team."

The loss drops DL to 13-6-2 and possibly bumps them out of the No. 3 seed for the Section 6-1A playoffs.

"It's not too detrimental of a loss, though, because it's an open section this year," Denardo said.

The Lakers fell down 1-0 in the first period after a Matt Stumpf power play goal with 2:49 left.

But the Lakers answered with two consecutive goals in the second period with Davis Johnson scoring early 1:05 into the frame on assists by Joe Hanson and Ryan Berg.

DL took the 2-1 advantage on an Alex Mason goal on the Tanner Lane assist.

The Flyers struck back on another power play goal by Joey Hanowski, then took back the lead 3-2 on Mitch Lundeen's tally 13:45 into the second.

The game tilted back to the Laker's side with Alex Phelps poking a puck past Little Falls' goalie Michael Stumpf on Lane's second assist of the game, while Alex Deconcini landed his first helping hand.

Lane put the Lakers up 4-3 on Johnson and Phelps' assists, but Little Falls wouldn't go out quietly as Bjorge notched the tying tally 9:39 into the third, then ended the game with his overtime goal.

DL goalie Andrew Friesen finished with 16 saves, while Stumpf had 14.

The Lakers will try and rebound Thursday when they host Park Rapids (15-6-1) for the Mid-State Conference championship, starting at 7:30 p.m.

"We just need to stay on track and have no more letdowns," Denardo said. "We need to tighten up our defensive zone, because we know we can score goals."

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Little Falls, Saturday, Feb. 6.

Lakers 0 2 2 0 - 4

Flyers 1 2 1 1 - 5

First period -- 1. LF, PP Matt Stumpf (Luke Majerle) 15:11.

Second period -- 2. DL, Davis Johnson (Joe Hanson, Ryan Berg) 1:05; 3. DL, Alex Mason (Tanner Lane) 4:03; 4. LF, PP Joey Hanowski (Stumpf, Majerle) 5:17; 5. LF, Mitch Lundeen (Mitch Schulte) 13:45.

Third period -- 6. DL, Alex Phelps (Lane, Alex Deconcini) 4:03; 7. DL, Lane (Johnson, Phelps) 4:57.

Overtime -- 8. LF, Austin Bjorge (Mitch Gregory) 1:34.

Saves -- DL (Andrew Friesen) 6 8 2 0 - 16...LF (Michael Stumpf) 6 3 5 0 - 14.

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