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Late goal not enough for Lakers against Crookston

Garret Armstrong (3) scored DL's goal in the 79th minute of a 2-1 loss to Crookston Friday afternoon. Robert Williams/FOCUS

DETROIT LAKES — Detroit Lakes avoided a fourth consecutive shutout on a late goal by Garret Armstrong, but dropped a fourth game in a row in a 2-1 loss to the Crookston Pirates Friday afternoon at Rotary Fields.

“It felt good to get a score,” Head Coach Justin Wegleitner said. “It’s just too bad we couldn’t capitalize on our scoring opportunities earlier. We’re dumping the ball in, just not getting underneath it.”

The Pirates took command on offense with pressure on goal in the second after a scoreless first 40 minutes. Crookston doubled up the Lakers in shots 10-5 to match the score.

DL held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Defensemen Jacob Roesch opened the scoring unassisted deep in the penalty area in the 62nd minute to give Crookston a 1-0 lead. Teammate Ben Dorman scored the game-winner all alone in front of the net burying the ball in the bottom right hand corner where DL keeper Connor Johnson had no chance at a save.

Johnson stopped eight shots and got help from the crossbar 20 minutes into the second half on a shot by Roesch.

Armstrong took a feed from Bryant Windels and put the Lakers on the board with a minute to play. Armstrong was close to an opportunity as time wound down to tie the score but the ball was cleared by the Pirate defense.

After winning the season-opener against Fergus Falls, the Lakers had failed to score until Armstrong’s goal. A streak that lasted nearly four games as DL falls to 1-4. Crookston is 2-0 on the year.

“We made it easy on the goalie for the first 30 minutes of the second half,” Wegleitner said. “Not much for shot opportunities, at all.”

The Lakers have struggled with sustained pressure in the offensive end forcing Johnson and the defense to keep DL in games under attack. Opponents have outscored DL 11-3 in five games.

“That’s our focus. Tying our midfield to our attack with sustained control and that’s where we’re lacking. If we can fix that, things can change for us. That’s our weak point. Our defense is solid and I believe we have the best keeper in the section. We’ve got some work to do to help him out.”

DL has the holiday break and will look to get back on track at Little Falls (1-2) Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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