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DL Boys Hockey - Lakers clip Flyers with fast and furious start

Laker forward Connor Collins (22) digs the puck out of the crease in front of the Bagley/Fosston net Tuesday evening inside Kent Freeman Arena. Brian Basham/Tribune1 / 2
Kyle Herrmann (7) unleashes a shot for a goal against Bagley/Fosston Tuesday evening. Brian Basham/Tribune2 / 2

Holding a sizable edge in shots on goal, the Detroit Lakes boys' hockey team made most of their opportunities with a 7-1 trouncing of visiting Bagley/Fosston Tuesday evening inside Kent Freeman Arena.

Controlling the puck for the majority of the time in all three periods and outshooting the visitors by a 46-17 margin, the Lakers (8-12-1) held the Flyers (7-13-1) to single digit shots in each frame on sophomore goalie MacKenzie Steele, who was fully up to the task.

After a bit of a slow start in the opening period, sophomore forward Ryan Deconcini pulled the plug on the dam with a power play goal, on assists by senior forwards Austin Rusness and Connor Collins.

That momentum was added on Rusness' goal, with his first-line mates Deconcini and Collins each assisting.

That line notched a 3-0 lead in the second, with Rusness picking up his second tally and Deconcini and Collins two more assists.

The Lakers finished off the Flyers on goals by Dahlen Olson, Michael Herrmann, Sam Velde and Kyle Herrmann.

Steele allowed just one puck to pass him and recorded 16 saves.

Collins and Deconcini had three assists each, while Rusness added four points with two goals and assists each.

Defenseman Dylan Bremseth also notched a pair of assists.

Laker results

Bagley/Fosston at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Flyers 0 0 1 - 1

Lakers 2 3 2 - 7

1st Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Deconcini Goal (PP) (Rusness, Collins) 10:58; DTRTLK - Rusness Goal (Collins, Deconcini) 15:59. Penalties: Herrmann, DTRTLK (Charging, Minor, 2 min) 5:47; Dukek, BAGLEY (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 10:00; Rusness, DTRTLK (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 12:14; Collins, DTRTLK (Checking from Behind, Major, 5 min) 13:30; Dukek, BAGLEY (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 15:33. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period -- Scoring: DTRTLK - Rusness Goal (Deconcini, Collins) 0:18; DTRTLK - Olson Goal (Rusness, Deconcini) 9:51; DTRTLK - Herrmann Goal 13:14. Penalties: Dukek, BAGLEY (Elbowing, Minor, 2 min) 1:11; Bremseth, DTRTLK (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 10:42. Goalie Changes: None.

3rd Period -- Scoring: BAGLEY - LaVine Goal 4:21; DTRTLK - Velde Goal (Bremseth, Steele) 11:08; DTRTLK - Herrmann Goal (Hallisey, Bremseth) 12:36. Penalties: Lafriniere, BAGLEY (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 4:49; Dukek, BAGLEY (Interference, Minor, 2 min) 12:14; Jackson, BAGLEY (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 14:40. Goalie Changes: None.

Shots on goal - DL 12 17 17 - 46...BF 6 6 5 - 17.

Saves - DL (MacKenzie Steele) 16...BF (Ben Thoma) 39.

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