DL wins season-opener
The Detroit Lakes Bantam A's boys' hockey team notched their first win of the season against Hutchinson, thanks to a team effort. With only one returning "A" player (Casey Paskey) and five first-year Bantams, this group lacks the experience. Seco...
The Detroit Lakes Bantam A's boys' hockey team notched their first win of the season against Hutchinson, thanks to a team effort.
With only one returning "A" player (Casey Paskey) and five first-year Bantams, this group lacks the experience.
Second year defenseman Michael Herrmann kicked started the scoring at 11:07 of the first period on a puck he dumped at the net from center ice, the "Hail Mary" shot sailed over the Hutchinson goalie and ended up just under the crossbar.
Brady Crawford took a nice backhand feed sent from Jonathan Hallisey and sent it home for the second goal of the game at 9:40 of the second period.
Hutchinson made it interesting in the third period at the 8:51 mark in the 2-0 game, as Josh Carlson took a pass from Matthew Cowger and tapped a goal just inside the right corner of the net.
The Lakers seemed to struggle to get in sync and Hutchinson quickly capitalized with another goal just over a minute later to tie the score at two.
With the game in doubt, Hallisey continued to shine as he took a puck after being leveled behind the net and tucked it in behind the Hutchinson goalie with just over five minutes to go.
Hallisey put the game on ice with just under a minute left in the game when he took a feed from Crawford and snapped a wrist shot from the high slot just over the Hutchinson goalies left shoulder.
Crawford and Hallisey looked like they had been playing together for several games as they both notched three points for the game.
Linemate and team captain Casey Paskey also earned an assist on the night.
Throughout the game, first year goalie Mackenzie Steele was solid in net, turning away 22 shots for the game.
Three second-year Bantams anchored the defense: Sam Bergren, Michael Herrmann, and Benjamin Nelson. All three had a solid effort in their first outing of the year.
Coach Ben Noah was impressed with the boys first game commenting that the game had a "come from behind" feel, after the Lakers dominated for the first two periods only to let the Tigers tie it up midway through the third.
He said that "seldom do you see the team who lets another team back into a game that late come out on top in the end".
He hopes this is a sign of good things to come for his young team.
The Lakers have couple tough matchups next weekend as they face the Fargo Angels Saturday night and Thief River Falls on Sunday evening, both home games.