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DL boys hockey loses to Duluth Denfield 9-3

The final score didn't quite tell the whole story of Thursday night's boys hockey contest between Detroit Lakes and Duluth Denfield in Duluth's Heritage Sports Center.

Though the final score was 9-3 in Duluth Denfield's favor, the Lakers actually played right with their opponents for two out of the three periods.

"The score looks a tad worse than the game actually was," said DL head coach Chris Denardo.

In fact, Detroit Lakes actually scored first.

"Taylor Magnuson got a nice goal about a minute into the game," Denardo said.

It wasn't until late in the first period that the Hunters were able to answer with a goal of their own.

Unfortunately, the second period was a completely different story.

A controversial score by Duluth Denfield proved to be the turning point. During a power play by the Hunters, an errant shot hit the pipe -- but "the referees called it a goal," Denardo said.

"The boys got rattled a little bit, and they (Duluth) pumped in a couple of quick ones."

By the end of the second period, the score was 6-1 in favor of the Hunters.

"We kind of let it get away from us a little," said Denardo. "We made some mistakes in the second period that cost us the game."

The Lakers tried to launch a comeback in the third period, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough.

"Ryan Deconcini got a real nice power play goal, and Jake Fritz got a nice rebound goal in the third period," said Denardo. "It was 6-3 at one point."

But some late-period goals by the Hunters ultimately put the game out of Detroit Lakes' reach.

"Take away the second period, and the game was pretty even," Denardo said. "But Duluth Denfield is a good team. They're ranked in the state.

"The boys worked hard and did the best they could...but there were a lot of missed opportunities."

The loss puts Detroit Lakes back at .500 (4-4-0) for the season, and ends a three-game winning streak.

But the Lakers had two more opportunities to redeem themselves in the Duluth tournament this weekend, with games against St. Louis Park Friday afternoon and a team to be determined on Saturday (results unavailable at press time).

After returning from Duluth, the boys will have a few days to rest up and practice before heading to Scheels Arena in Fargo Friday for a game against Fargo North. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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