Cushions are more comfy than holes, as the Detroit Lakes girls' hockey team has found out.
After a three-goal first period, the Lakers used that 3-0 cushion to soften a Pequot Lakes rally and pull out a solid 7-4 victory Saturday inside Kent Freeman Arena.
A pair of special teams goals lifted the Lakers to a 2-0 advantage, which also involved a natural hat trick for DL junior forward Brianna Seebold.
"We were playing a Pequot Lakes goalie (Katarina Jensen) who had a 92 percent save average, so it was a situation where the goaltending was strong," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
But that didn't stop sophomore forward Emily Payne from scoring on a power play goal 2:49 into the game, with assists from Seebold and sophomore Callie Johnson.
Seebold struck the first of her three consecutive goals 7:28 into the first on a shorthand series for the Lakers, with the second coming exactly five minutes later off an assist by Payne and junior forward Ashley Friesen.
She added the third 7:14 into the second period, with Johnson aiding on the score, for a 4-0 advantage.
"Our first and second lines were moving the puck well in the first period, which helped with the 3-0 lead," Maloney said. "From there, it was just nice and steady hockey."
Pequot Lakes pulled to within 4-2 on tallies by Kimberly Jessen and Amanda Carlson, but junior defensive player Emily Raboin answered with a goal at the 12:26 mark, as Seebold assisted on the score.
A Johnson goal, with Seebold assisting, put DL up 6-2, but the Patriots tacked on two more tallies by Erika Monson and Alex Palm to make it 6-4.
The deal was sealed for DL on Seebold's fourth goal of the game, which came on an empty netter at the 16:36 mark.
Sophomore Veronica Roy posted 20 saves in the game for the win, as Jensen had 26 for Pequot Lakes.
"Veronica played well," Maloney said. "Getting off to an early lead allowed us to keep our composure after Pequot Lakes scored a couple of goals there. It allowed us to play our game."
The win over the Patriots (3-4-0) was kind of set up by a 4-1 loss to state-ranked Thief River Falls Friday.
Playing on the road, the Lakers were able to keep the game close, despite being outshot by a 28-17 margin.
The Prowlers (6-2-1) notched the first four goals with four different players -- Shelby Norlin, Jordan Solheim, Morgan Martell and Brandi Malwitz.
Seebold notched the Lakers' lone goal in the third period, at the 8:34 mark, on an unassisted effort.
Eighth grader Veronica Badurek registered 24 saves in a solid performance.
"We went into Thief River Falls and played right with them I thought," the DL coach said. "(Badurek) played well, too."
With Seebold's five goals in a two-game stretch, she has nine goals on the season, to go with eight assists for 17 points overall.
Johnson is second with four goals and five assists, and Payne has seven points with three goals and four assists.
Roy has an 80.6 save percentage, while Badurek has an 83.9 save percentage.
The Lakers (3-5-0) will travel to Morris/Benson (4-2-0) Thursday for a 7 p.m. start.
Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Dec. 11.
Patriots 0 2 2 - 4
Lakers 3 2 2 - 7
First period -- 1. DL, PP Emily Payne (Brianna Seebold, Callie Johnson) 2:49; 2. DL, SH Seebold (UA) 7:28; 3. DL, Seebold (Payne, Ashley Friesen) 12:28.
Second period -- 4. DL, Seebold (Johnson) 7:14; 5. PL, Kimberly Jessen (Kaylyn Eggena) 7:28; 6. PL, Amanda Carlson (Alex Palm) 10:38; 7. DL, Emily Raboin (Seebold) 12:26.
Third period -- 8. DL, Johnson (Johnson) 8:01; 9. PL, Erika Monson (Mariah reed) 15:20; 10. DL, EN Seebold 16:36.
Shots on goal -- DL: 33...PL: 24.
Saves -- DL (Veronica Roy) 20...PL (Katarina Jensen) 26.
Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls, Friday, Dec. 10.
Lakers 0 0 1 - 1
Prowlers 2 2 0 - 4
First period -- 1. TRF, Shelby Norlin (Megan Berland) 7:10; 2. TRF, SH Jordan Solheim (Kaitlin Lund) 8:38.
Second period -- 3. TRF, Morgan Martell (Solheim, Lund) 2:37; 4. TRF, Brandi Malwitz (UA) 13:19.
Third period -- 5. DL, Seebold (UA) 8:34.
Shots on goal -- DL 5 4 8 - 17...TRF 9 9 10 - 28.
Saves -- DL (Veronica Badurek) 24...TRF (Frances Marshall) 16.