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Detroit Lakes girls hockey wrap-up

Emily Payne (15) was one of DL’s leading scorers in her senior year. Brian Basham/Record 1 / 2
Hailey Sonstegard (8) will be looked upon as to helping the Lakers increase their goal production for the next season. Brian Basham/Record2 / 2

Finding the back of the net will be on the agenda for the Detroit Lakes girls’ hockey team, as they start their long offseason in preparation for October.

The Lakers were hindered with a lack of offensive punch, which led to a 5-22 record, but things will be on the right track if hard work is put into the offseason.

“That’s our focus for the girls, is to put in the hard work during the offseason,” said DL head coach Gretchen Norby. “The name of the game for us this season was inconsistency. We struggled to put goals in the net.”

The Lakers were outscored by a 130-52 margin, but did have some flashes of good offensive production through the schedule, especially from the younger skaters.

“With the younger kids and the inexperience they had on the varsity level, you never know what you will get each night,” Norby said. “But, I did see some great things from them.”

Norby pointed out her three eighth grade players, Jamie Bollig, Hannah Rhodes and Emily Schiltz had some good progression through the season.

“We were short-handed on the defensive side and they played well there,” Norby said. “In the future, we will have a strong defensive core and some strong goalie play, too.”

Veronica Badurek returns at goalie after sharing duties with Haileigh Wenger, who will come back as a position player next season.

Adriana Brehm is waiting in the wings, as well, after having a strong showing between the pipes on the youth level.

“Veronica met my expectations this year at goalie and Brehm wants to makes an instant impact next season,” Norby said.

The Lakers will have to fill the spots vacated by outgoing seniors, which include forwards Emily Payne, Molly Hill and defensive/forward Callie Johnson.

The challenge of course, is to improve in scoring. Johnson led the team in scoring with 20 points, including seven goals and 13 assists, while freshman forward Hailey Sonstegard had 14 points with eight goals and six assists.

“I saw some good things out of Hailey towards the end of the season, so we will be looking for her to step up,” Norby said.

But it will all come down to what happens in the next several months.

“The girls need to realize they need to take care of their job,” Norby said. “Their offseason work will be important to do that.”

Laker season results

The 2012-13 season stats – Record: 5-22

Scoring (goals-assists-points) – Callie Johnson 7-13-20; Hailey Sonstegard 8-6-14; Emily Payne 8-4-12; Sydney Haman 7-4-11; Emily Seebold 5-4-9; Chandra Johnson 0-7-7; Randa Larsen 5-2-7; Emily Schiltz 0-3-3; Alexis Fritz 0-2-2; Jamie Bollig 1-1-2; Hannah Rhodes 0-2-2; Hannah Rhodes 0-2-2; M. Gjersvig 0-1-1; Annikka Anderson 1-0-1; Sam Benson 1-0-1; Tarissa Wheeler 1-0-1.

Goalie stats (W-L-SOG-SV-GA-SV PRC): Veronica Badurek 1-16-675-577-98-.855; Haileigh Wenger 2-5-157-127-30-.809.  

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