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Passing game leads to scoring opportunities for Lakers

Junior forward Jayne Harms picked a perfect time to have her bust-out game Tuesday inside Kent Freeman Arena.

The Laker forward scored her first two goals of the season, which ended up being the decisive factor in DL's 4-3 victory over visiting Park Rapids.

DL's attack was also in full force, putting on a display of some well-placed passing, which created more than several top-notch opportunities for the Lakers.

"The girls just had some quality passing," said DL head coach Dan Maloney. "They were also determined to work hard in all three periods. They did a nice job turning the puck over in neutral ice and as the season keeps rolling along, hopefully we can start capitalizing more for a higher percentage scoring rate."

The Lakers found the net early as well, taking a 2-0 advantage, with the first point coming just 42 seconds in the game from Harms, and the assist going to team leading scorer Brianna Seebold.

Senior forward Katie Mollberg followed up Harms' goal 12:40 later on a power play opportunity, with the assist being credited to Ally Nielsen.

"Scoring early in the game was huge," Maloney said.

Park Rapids reined in the momentum late in the first period, with a goal by Leeza Tostenson after Mollberg's score.

The Panthers started the second period with a two-player advantage, but that opportunity eventually turned the tide back to the Lakers.

DL's penalty kill stifled the Panthers and kept them to just a few shots on net, and just two minutes after the Lakers pulled even, Harms struck again on a nice centering pass by Callie Johnson to set up the one-timer score.

Ally Nielsen was also credited with an assist.

"That was a great penalty kill for us because we were two players down for basically two minutes straight," Maloney said. "Brin Seebold (who has 24 points on the season) played up front the entire penalty kill and she did a good job anticipating where the puck was going during that five on three (series)."

Park Rapids made another thrust at the Lakers with a power play goal just 46 seconds into the third, on a rebound by Morgan Kelly after a hard shot by Jessica Gapinski bounced off of DL goalie Winona Goettel.

But Seebold answered 3:01 later on yet another accurate pass by Harms -- who notched her third point of the game -- which went through the crease and right on Seebold's stick for the score.

With 2:26 remaining in regulation, the Panthers added another score after the puck deflected off of Goettel and Kelly in the right position to punch it in and pull the visitors to 4-3.

Park Rapids pulled goaltender Cassandra Thelen with 1:28 left in the third period, but the Laker defense was able to hunker down and limit the Panthers' shots on Goettel to claim the win.

"Winona did a nice job in net (with 20 saves)," Maloney added.

The Lakers outshot the Panthers 44-23 on their way to a 5-17-1 record, which is more than likely good enough to land the No. 4 seed for the upcoming section playoffs.

If that should occur, DL will host either Pequot Lakes or Wadena-Deer Creek in the first round of the playoffs.

DL will next host Brainerd/Little Falls (10-10-2) Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Panthers 1 0 2 - 3

Lakers 2 1 1 - 4

First period -- 1. DL, Jayne Harms (Brianna Seebold) :42; 2. DL, PP Katie Mollberg (Ally Nielsen) 12:02; 3. PR, Leeza Tostenson (UA) 12:32.

Second period -- 4. DL, Harms (Callie Johnson, Emily Raboin) 12:32.

Third period -- 5. PR, PP Morgan Kelly (Jessica Gapinski, Hannah Williams) :46; 6. DL, Seebold (Harms, Johnson) 4:05; 7. PR, Kelly (Alle Bade) 14:34.

Saves -- DL (Winona Goettel) 20...PR (Cassandra Thelen) 40.

Detroit Lakes at East Grand Forks, Saturday, Jan. 31.

Lakers 1 1 1 - 3

Green Wave 6 3 1 - 10

First period -- 1. EGF, Carlee Kliner (Chelsea Morin) 1:47; 2. DL, McKensie Nielsen (UA) 4:25; 3. EGF, Emily Pecka (Alex Hedlund, Francie Piche) 7:22; 4. EGF, Alex Fairchild (Keeley Gregoire, Jaclyn Scanlan) 9:08; 5. EGF, PP Leah Jensen (Pecka, Hedlund) 10:51; 6. EGF, PP Chelsea Morin (Scanlan) 14:16; 7. EGF, Jensen (Hedlund, Pecka) 15:53.

Second period -- 8. EGF, Pecka (UA) 3:14; 9. DL, Brianna Seebold (Emily Raboin) 5:04; 10. EGF, Chelsey Grassel (Jensen) 8:39; 11. EGF, PP Hedlund (Alex Eades) 10:57.

Third period -- 12. EGF, Jensen (Karli Galstad) 9:02; 13. DL, Callie Johnson (Seebold) 15:48.

Saves -- DL (Winona Goettel) 22...EGF (Tamara Twite) 16.