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Sartell/Sauk Rapids gets up early to defeat DL

Sartell/Sauk Rapids got to the net early in the game building a 5-0 lead before Kyndra McDougall and the Lakers pushed back and improved play as the game wore on in a 5-1 loss Thursday night. Robert Williams / Tribune

Sartell/Sauk Rapids came out flying and scored four first period goals to snap a two-game Laker win streak 5-1 Thursday night in girls hockey at Kent Freeman Arena.

The Storm’N’Sabres scored all four early goals in two separate spans of less than a minute.

Madison Mollner gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 5:19; 44 seconds later, Maggie Kulus scored on a rebound at 6:03.

Brooke Walters and Grace McCabe scored back-to-back quick goals at 8:31 and 9:20 to lead 4-0 midway through the period and force a timeout call from DL head coach Gretchen Norby.

The teams played to a stalemate in the back half of the period and ended up even on shots 9-9.

Walters notched her second goal of the game 42 seconds into the second period to go up 5-0.

The Lakers got a power play on a hooking call on McKenna Rohe early in the second period but could not get set up to pressure the net in the offensive end.

DL got a second power play opportunity when Walters was called for holding at 5:33 but the Storm'N'Sabres held.

The Lakers improved their play in the final period with a number of opportunities.

Anna Payne had the best scoring chance on a breakaway early in the third period but was stopped by a waffle save from netminder Chloe Stockinger.

Emma Coley had a strong chance deflected over the net at the 10-minute mark.

Payne knocked the shutout off the board scoring amidst a scrum in the goalmouth at 13:26 with assists credited to Madyson Melgard and Karrigan Hallisey for the 5-1 final.

The Lakers had the advantage in shots on goal 37-30.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids improves to 3-2-1 while DL falls to 3-6 with a week off before a return to Mid-State action against Prairie Centre (2-2) Thursday, Dec. 7. The stop is the fourth in a stretch of five games in nine days for the Blue Devils.

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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