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Northern Lakes put in six goals against Detroit Lakes in boys' hockey

Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Defenseman Davis Johnson moves the puck into Northern Lakes' zone Thursday night inside Kent Freeman Arena.1 / 3
Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Laker center Travis Maristuen (17) takes a shot at point-blank range against Northern Lakes Thursday.2 / 3
Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Laker senior Brandon Yozamp (21) fires a shot at the Northern Lakes' net Thursday.3 / 3

DETROIT LAKES - The Northern Lakes boys' hockey team was doing what Detroit Lakes head coach Chris Denardo wanted his squad to be doing -- taking advantage of their scoring opportunities.

The Lighting did take advantage of those opportunities and the Lakers didn't Thursday night inside Kent Freeman Arena, as the visitors skated away with a 6-3 victory.

"It was the same old story for us," Denardo said. "They capitalized when they had a chance to and we didn't. Most of their shots were from the outside, but they came down and they shot the puck hard."

Shots on goal were relatively close, with the Lightning (13-2-1) holding a 36-31 edge.

"They shot the puck to score and were more aggressive going to the net," Denardo said of the Lightning. "We get plenty of shots on net, we just can't score."

The Lakers (5-10-0) did have an effective power play, generating all three of their goals after a Northern Lakes' penalty and going 3-6 on the night.

DL also struck first, coming 5:34 into the game on a Travis Maristuen rebound shot off a Nate Baker blast outside the left slot.

Forward and DL leading scorer Tanner Lane was also credited with an assist.

But the Lakers' offense went quiet as the Lightning's was just firing up.

Northern Lakes went on a five-goal scoring streak, which extended into the third period for a 5-1 advantage.

The visitors' scoring percentage was much higher than DL's, as the Lakers outshot the Lightning 16-9 in the second period, but still being outscored 2-0.

"The guys were not poised after falling behind," Denardo said. "You could see they were pressing and forcing things. When the quick pass in front of the net was there (for DL), no one was there."

The Lightning scored twice in the first period, with Sam Johnson's goal coming on a nice centered pass by Cody Chambers and finishing with the puck going over DL goalie Chris Widme's right shoulder.

Lightning struck twice for a 2-1 lead, coming off of Charlie Hollinbeck's rebound tally 13:34 into the first.

After that, goals flowed in, starting with a near miss off a Lighting shot which deflected off the top cross bar.

But on the second attempt, defenseman Shane Brewer put a slapshot past Widme from the point for a 3-1 lead.

The scoring continued after a three-man charge on the Lakers' net resulted in Johnson's second goal, as Hollinbeck and Chambers were given the assists.

Johnson completed his hat trick 9:08 into the third period on another rebound goal to give his team a 5-1 margin.

DL made a legit push late in the game, scoring on a pair of nice scores by Brandon Yozamp and Lane -- both coming on power plays.

The first came by Lane feeding Yozamp on a 2-on-1 breakaway for a one-timer.

The second had Alex Phelps snapping a nice pass through the crease to a trailing Lane, who promptly picked up his 31st point on the season and his 15th goal.

"That was a nice (comeback) late in the game, but again, we missed several opportunities to gain a couple more goals there," Denardo said.

Instead, the Lightning iced the game with an open-net goal by Justin Miska with 55 seconds left in regulation.

The Lakers will limp into a five-game road trip hindered by a four-game losing streak.

DL played at the Lake of the Woods Saturday and will travel to Wadena-Deer Creek (10-5-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Other road games include Prairie Centre (5-9-0) Friday, Sartell (9-5-0) Saturday and Park Rapids (10-5-2) Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Then DL will be greeted by undefeated and state-ranked Little Falls (14-0) comes to Kent Freeman Saturday, Feb. 7. The game will be big since it's also a Section 6-1A contest.

The Flyers' Ben Hanowski (57 points currently) will also be close to breaking the all-time Minnesota scoring record, to add some extra intrigue to the affair.

Laker results

Northern Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Jan. 22.

Lightning 2 2 2 - 6

Lakers 1 0 2 - 3

First period -- 1. DL, PP Travis Maristuen (Nate Baker, Tanner Lane) 5:34; 2. NL, Sam Johnson (Cody Chambers, Charlie Hollinbeck) 11:10; 3. NL, Hollinbeck (UA) 13:34.

Second period -- 4. NL, Shane Brewer (Chris Smieja) 1:39; 5. NL, Johnson (Hollinbeck, Chambers) 9:36.

Third period -- 6. NL, Johnson (Chambers, Hollinbeck) 9:08; 7. DL, PP Brandon Yozamp (Lane) 13:30; 8. DL, PP Lane (Davis Johnson, Alex Phelps) 15:08; 9. NL, EN Justin Miska (UA) 16:05.

Saves -- DL (Chris Widme) 30...NL (Trey Flesch) 28.

Shots on goal -- DL 6 16 9 - 31...NL 12 9 15 - 36.

Power plays -- DL 3-6...NL 0-3.