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DL Boys Hockey - Lakers skate to first win with shutout of Lightning

Laker Jacob Fritz (2) controls the puck against Northern Lakes Thursday inside Kent Freeman Arena. Photo by - Brian Basham1 / 2
Sam Bergren (5) unleashes a shot Thursday against Northern Lakes. Photo by - Brian Basham2 / 2

Detroit Lakes goalie MacKenzie Steele was a wall the entire evening, as he recorded his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over visiting Northern Lakes Thursday.

Steele had 31 saves in the Lakers' first win of the season, as scoring came from forwards Sam Bergren and Jonathan Hallisey in the second and third periods, respectively.

Bergren's goal came 4:02 into the second period, with the assist going to Brady Crawford, while Hallisey's insurance tally came at 11:42 in the final period, with assists being credited to both Michael Herrmann and Austin Rusness.

The Lakers and Steele survived being outshot in the first period by a 12-5 margin, and DL pulled closer in the second by a 10-9 gap.

The Lakers controlled the third period by outshooting the Lightning 15-9, while DL was 0-7 on their power plays and Northern Lakes 0-3.

The Lightning were called for five penalties in the third period alone, which bolstered DL's attack.

The Lakers (1-2) will be back in action Friday at home when they host Prairie Centre, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Northern Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Nov. 29.

Lightning 0 0 0 - 0

Lakers 0 1 1 - 2

1st Period -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Bremseth, DTRTLK (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 1:30; Olson, DTRTLK (Head Contact, Major, 5 min) 3:52; Bickford, NRTNLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 8:54. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Bergren Goal (Crawford) 4:02. Penalties: Leslie, NRTNLK (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 9:34; Blanchette, NRTNLK (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 13:59. Goalie Changes: None.

3rd Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Hallisey Goal (Herrmann, Rusness) 11:42. Penalties: Blanchette, NRTNLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 3:34; Narveson, NRTNLK (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 7:34; Florey, NRTNLK (High-Sticking, Minor, 2 min) 7:55; Bickford, NRTNLK (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 8:56; Bickford, NRTNLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 12:40; Fritz, DTRTLK (Roughing, Minor, 2 min) 12:40; Herrmann, DTRTLK (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 13:03. Goalie Changes: None.

Shots on goal -- DL: 5 9 15 - 29...NL 12 10 9 - 31.

Saves -- DL (MacKenzie Steele) 31...NL (Mitch Stangel) 27

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