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Lakers progress through season

Although the win-loss record didn't tilt towards the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team, progression throughout the season would be the better way to measure it.

Playing a rugged schedule -- which included eight state-ranked teams -- may have added to an undesirable 6-20-1 record, but looking towards the future, this season definitely made progress.

"If you look at our strength of schedule, we played a tough one," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "But we were able to compete well, even though we didn't win every game."

The Lakers started to find the back of the net more in the second half of the season, which was keyed by the forwards, sophomore Brianna Seebold and freshman Callie Johnson, the team's two top leading scorers.

This was the second year the duo has played on the same line and they are only getting better as they enter their third season next year.

"They play off each other well," Maloney said. "Their instinct for each other is good and they know where each other are all the time."

The second line of juniors Shannon Utecht, Brita Johnson and Hayley Maloney also started to gel together better, adding some depth in the scoring attack.

"We're going to be able to bring back those who led the team in scoring and some players who improved their scoring percentage," Maloney said. "Our scoring numbers are way up from last year."

The Lakers mostly employed a three-player defensive rotation, with junior Tiffany Iverson, sophomore Alyssa Boyle and sophomore Emily Raboin taking on the duties.

"They worked together well as a group, so we basically bring back our top two lines and top three defensive players," the DL coach added.

There also was a rotation at goalie, where freshman Veronica Roy played the most minutes.

Junior Amanda Moore and senior Shayna Dugger each saw time, as well, as DL continues to develop the position between the pipes.

"We also have a group of eight players coming up from the youth level, which includes a goalie, so that will add to our depth," Maloney said.

The All-Conference Mid-State honorees from DL included Seebold, Callie Johnson and Raboin.

Honorable Mentions went to Hayley Maloney, Utecht and Iverson, while Dugger was named the winner of the team's Hobey Baker Award (which honors sportsmanship).

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