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No. 4 Lakers season ends after 8-2 loss to No. 1 Alex

After hanging with the Section 6-1A top seeded Alexandria, the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team's season came to an end in the playoff semifinals with an 8-2 loss Tuesday.

The Lakers dueled to a 1-1 first-period tie, but an early goal to start the second, proceeded by two back-to-back power play scores propelled Alexandria out front for a 4-1 advantage, where the Cards would ride it out for the victory.

But DL made another push in the second period, when forward Callie Johnson notched her second goal of the game to pull the Lakers to within two at 4-2.

Once again, the Cardinals snatched momentum with a late goal to head into the third with a 5-2 edge.

"Being down 5-2 instead of 4-2 is a big difference," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "That late second-period goal to answer ours was key, I thought. It gave Alex good momentum heading into the third."

The Cardinals held a small edge on shots on goal with a 28-23 margin, while DL goalie Shayna Dugger recorded 20 saves.

"Shayna had a nice first period," Maloney said. "I felt after Alex scored that fourth goal -- two of them being on power plays -- she responded well.

"It was tough giving them those (power play) advantages when the score was close, that's what caused the separation."

Johnson scored DL's first goal, which came in the first period on assists by Brianna Seebold and Tiffany Iverson.

"We were able to keep their shots to the perimeter and pretty much kept the puck cleared," Maloney said.

The Lakers finish their season with a 6-20-1 record.

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