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DL girls' hockey survives late Blue Devil surge

Laker forward Brianna Seebold (17) puts a shot on net during the Section 6-1A quarterfinal round Saturday. Detroit Lakes defeated Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. Seebold finished the game with four goals.

It was the perfect game for sophomore forward Brianna Seebold to have her best performance of the season.

The No. 4 Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team rode Seebold's four goals to a 5-4 victory over No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek/Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Section 6-1A playoffs.

Despite building a one-time 5-1 lead early in the third period, the Lakers needed every single goal, as the Blue Devils scored all four of their tallies in the final frame.

But DL survived the furious rally by W-DC to move onto the semifinals (which was played Tuesday against No. 1 Alexandria).

"We really controlled the first and second periods, but we just started turning the puck over in our zone and they converted," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.

The Lakers outshot the Blue Devils by a 27-6 margin in the first two periods, as Seebold captured a hat trick by the second period to put DL up 4-0.

Emily Payne added a power play goal at the 9:50 mark in between Seebold's two goals in the second period.

"We had the puck in their zone for 95 percent of the time in the first period, but were not generating good shots," Maloney said.

Seebold started her one-game scoring barrage at 2:46 into the game, with the assist going to Callie Johnson.

"Brianna created her own good shot opportunities and utilized her open space well," the DL coach said. "She placed her pucks well on net, and we needed them all."

Seebold added her second tally to start the second period off on a Payne assist, while capping her hat trick 13:53 into the second on a Payne and Emily Raboin helping hand.

Seebold answered W-DC's first score of the game -- which came off of Leah Dykhoff's stick -- for her fourth score, as Johnson picked up her second assist of the game.

Seebold's fourth goal turned out to be the winning goal from the front of the net, as W-DC gained goals by Samantha Killian, Cassondra Behl and Dykhoff's second, to pull to within one score at 5-4, with just 10 seconds left in regulation.

With Blue Devil goalie Samantha Gorka pulled, W-DC made a couple of last gasp shots, which were saved by DL netminder Veronica Roy.

For the game, DL held a sizable advantage in shots, by a 41-13 gap.

Roy had nine stops, while Gorka finished with 36.

Laker results

Section 6-1A quarterfinals: (5) Wadena-Deer Creek/LPGE at (4) Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Feb. 13.

Blue Devils 0 0 4 - 4

Lakers 1 3 1 - 5

First period -- 1. DL, Brianna Seebold (Callie Johnson) 2:46.

Second period -- 2. DL, Seebold (Emily Payne) 4:34; 3. DL, PP Payne (Seebold, Alyssa Boyle) 9:50; 4. DL, Seebold (Payne, Emily Raboin) 13:53.

Third period -- 5. WDC, Leah Dykhoff (Kylee Damm) 3:37; 6. DL, Seebold (Johnson, Tiffany Iverson) 4:49; 7. WDC, Samantha Killian (UA) 10:11; 8. WDC, Cassondra Behl (Killian) 14:10; 9. WDC, Dykhoff (Killian, Katelyn Peters) 16:50.

Saves -- DL (Veronica Roy) 2 4 3 - 9...WDC (Samantha Gorka) 9 14 13 - 36.

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