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Girls Hockey: Lakers keep undefeated streak alive in FF Tourney

Although the Detroit Lakes girls’ hockey team had a couple of slow starts in each of their Fergus Falls Holiday Tournament games Friday and Saturday, the end results were still positive.

The Lakers finished in a 2-2 tie against the Minneapolis Nova’s, then put together two strong periods against Henry Sibley for a 5-2 victory.

“We played sluggish in our first game against the Nova’s, I felt that was a game we should of won,” said DL head coach Gretchen Norby. “We were able to keep it close and went into a shootout, but just couldn’t pull it off. We started off a bit sluggish again against Henry Sibley (Saturday), but really turned it around in the second period and started to apply good pressure and forcing turnovers.”

The Lakers (2-3-2) made a comeback against the Novas (1-3-1) Friday, with forward Randa Larsen converting a power play goal 33 seconds into the third period to force the 2-2 tie.

DL goalie Veronica Badurek survived an onslaught of shots by Minneapolis in the final period, saving all 14 shots on net, while the Lakers managed just two in the period.

Badurek finished with 35 saves, while the Nova’s Kellie Winchell had 23.

“Veronica has been solid in net for us,” Norby said. “She made some excellent saves for us against the Novas and really kept us in the game. She was only scored on once in the shootout, but unfortunately once was enough as we failed to execute on the offensive end of things.”

DL tied the game up 1-1 in the first period, on Savanna Nolan’s goal 14:56 into play, answering Minneapolis’ Sadie Baker’s tally.

Baker added her second goal of the game with a power play score in the second period.

Assists were dished out by DL’s Brittany Ginnaty and Haileigh Wenger.

“All three lines are seeing good playing time and that third line has stepped in there and created some scoring opportunities for us,” Norby said. “Randa Larsen, Emily Seebold, Hailey Sonstegard, Haileigh Wenger and Dani Unruh scored for us in the tournament, so it was nice to see scoring spread out a bit.”

The defense and Badurek also have stood out during the Lakers’ three-game undefeated streak, as well.

“We have a pretty young defensive core (two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior), but I think they are starting to gain more confidence as we see more game experience,” Norby said. “Not only are they playing pretty solid defense, they are starting to generate some offense by carrying the puck and getting some good looks from the blue line.”

Results for the Henry Sibley (0-7-0) were not available at press time. 

The Lakers’ path gets a little stiffer, as they host Mid-State Conference’s Wadena-Deer Creek (4-4-0) Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Detroit Lakes at Fergus Falls Holiday Tournament, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30 

Friday: Detroit Lakes vs. Minneapolis

Lakers          1 0 1 – 2

Minneapolis  1 1 0 – 2

1st Period -- Scoring: MPLS - Baker Goal (even strength) (Gaffney, Christman) 12:40; DL - Nolan Goal (even strength) (Ginnaty) 14:56. Penalties: Baker, MPLS (Checking, Minor, 2 min) 5:00; Christman, MPLS (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 7:00. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period -- Scoring: MPLS - Baker Goal (power play) (Gaffney, Fuller) 2:26. Penalties: Larsen, DL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 0:25; Fuller, MPLS (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 8:52; Nolan, DL (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 11:59. Goalie Changes: None.

3rd Period -- Scoring: DL - Larsen Goal (power play) (Wenger) 0:33. Penalties: Rhodes, DL (Interference/Protection of Goaltender, Minor, 2 min) 5:32; Schiltz, DL (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 10:38; Johnson, DL (Cross-Checking, Minor, 2 min) 15:04. Goalie Changes: None.

Shots on goal – DL 11 11 2 – 24…Minn: 13 10 14 – 37

Saves – DL (Veronica Badurek) 35…Minn (Kellie Winchell) 22

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