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Lakers’ top line blows out Prairie Centre

Defensemen Jackson Fields (15) and Reed Benson (5) celebrate with Ben Unruh, Trey Seebold and Ryan Paskey after the first of eight goals in a blowout victory over Prairie Centre Friday night at Kent Freeman Arena. Robert Williams / Tribune

The return of Ryan Paskey solidified the top line of the Detroit Lakes boys hockey team for the first time this season and the Lakers’ lead trio erupted in an 8-3 Mid-State Conference victory over the Prairie Centre North Stars Friday night at Kent Freeman Arena.

Paskey suffered an upper body injury in the offseason and was cleared to skate in the preseason but has been out awaiting full clearance.


He had four assists in the game and brought faceoff dominance at the center position.

His linemates Ben Unruh and Trey Seebold both had hat tricks. Seebold scored four goals - one at even strength, a shorty and two on the power play. Unruh had a huge night with three goals and five assists.

All three skaters combined to give DL a 3-0 lead in the first period, each earning a point on the first two goals. Seebold added his shorthanded tally on an Unruh assist at 13:40 for the third goal.

Brady Miller got the Stars on the board with a minute to play - a power play goal.

Laker defenseman Jackson Fields just missed on what would have been the play of the game dancing by three Stars players from the point to the left circle to feed a pass to Alex Bren in the slot that did not connect but the play brought a rise from the crowd.


Reed Benson had an open look at an empty net late in the period but could his tip went wide.

The teams combined for eight penalties in the second period - four each.

Jace Kovash and Seebold capitalized with goals on the man advantage. Reed Benson and Unruh assisted on Kovash’s goal for a 4-1 lead. Seebold had back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart on assists from Unruh and Paskey.

Hunter Fletcher added a Stars goal to cut the lead to 4-2 followed by Seebold’s goals and Miller ended the period with his second of the night to go to the third period 6-3 Lakers.

Unruh scored twice at even strength to get his hat trick and score the only goals of the third period.


Kovash joined the top line (Unruh 3-5-8, Seebold 4-1-5, Paskey 0-4-4) with a multi-point game recording a goal and two assists.

Benson and Cam Gilbertson had one assist each.

The Lakers were 4-5 on the power play; the Stars converted on three of six.

DL outshot PC 43-23 putting 19 shots on net in the second period.

Ryan Wheeler made 20 saves to earn the victory. Jesson Gould stopped 35 shots.

Prairie Centre falls to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the Mid-State. The Lakers have won two games in a row and sit atop the conference at 2-0. Park Rapids is also undefeated in the Mid-State at 1-0 and 2-1 overall. The Panthers lone loss came in East Grand Forks 3-1 to the defending Section 8A champions.

The Lakers (2-4) travel to Park Rapids Tuesday night, Dec. 12 for the first section game of the year and for sole possession of first place in the Mid-State.

PC 1 2 0 - 3

DL 3 3 2 - 8

DL - Unruh Goal (power play) (Paskey, Seebold)

DL - Seebold Goal (even strength) (Paskey, Unruh)

DL - Seebold Goal (short handed) (Unruh)

PC - Miller Goal (power play) (Wolbeck)

DL - Kovash Goal (power play) (Benson, Unruh)

PC - Fletcher Goal (power play) (Bick, Deters)

DL - Seebold Goal (power play) (Unruh, Paskey)

DL - Seebold Goal (power play) (Unruh, Paskey)

PC - Miller Goal (power play) (Wolbeck)

DL - Unruh Goal (even strength) (Gilbertson, Kovash)

DL - Unruh Goal (even strength) (Fields, Kovash)

Saves: DL - Wheeler 20; PC - Gould 35

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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