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Girls Hockey: Lakers pick up 1st win of season

Detroit Lakes 3  Park Rapids 1

The Detroit Lakes girls’ hockey team killed a few birds with one stone Tuesday by picking up their first win of the season, on the road, which was also a Mid-State Conference victory.

The 3-1 victory in Park Rapids marked the first hump the Lakers were able to climb over with an impressive game in all three facets.

“Overall, it as a great team effort as all three lines saw good playing time and really contributed to the win,” said DL head coach Gretchen Norby. “We have been plagued with some injuries and sickness, so it was nice to be able to play a solid game against a tough Park Rapids team on their home ice. Park Rapids is always a tough place to play.”

The Lakers (1-3-1) outshot the Panthers (2-4-0) by a 35-29 margin, while DL goalie Veronica Badurek played well with 28 saves.

DL was able to break a 1-1 first period tie and a scoreless second period with a pair of scores in the third.

Hailey Sonstegard and Randa Larsen each found nylon for go-ahead and insurance goals to secure the win.

Larsen also scored the first goal of the game 7:03 into the opening period. Assists went out to Sydney Haman and Emily Seebold, both coming in the third period.

Park Rapids was limited to perimeter shots, with very few quality opportunities.

“We had a strong defensive effort last night and I thought our defensemen did a nice job of not only shutting down Park Rapids, but generating some offense for us as well, especially in the second and third periods,” Norby said. “Randa Larsen played strong, scoring two goals for us and generating several more opportunities.

“Hailey Sonstegard scored the other goal for us, and she played a good game, hitting the pipe a couple different times throughout the game. We were able to control the third period, outshooting them 10-2 and not allowing their first shot until the last six minutes of the period.”

The win is a potential springboard to better play for the Lakers, who played in the Fergus Falls holiday tournament over the weekend and will host Bemidji Tuesday for a 7:15 p.m. start.

“We are a young team and need to continue to build off every game,” Norby said. “The thing we lack the most of right now is consistency, and we are starting to bring that a little more every game.”

Detroit Lakes at Park Rapids, Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Lakers      1 0 2 – 3

Panthers   1 0 0 – 1    

1st Period — Scoring: DL - Larsen Goal (shorthanded) 7:03; PRKRAP - Pederson Goal (power play) (Vaudrin) 7:21. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: None

2nd Period — Scoring: None. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: None

3rd Period — Scoring: DL - Sonstegard Goal (even strength) (Haman) 10:27; DL - Larsen Goal (even strength) (Seebold) 11:27. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: None

Shots on goal — DL: 12 11 12 – 35…PR: 11 9 9 – 29

Saves — DL (Veronica Badurek) 28…PR (Shania Johnson) 32