Lakers post first shutout, fourth straight victory
Detroit Lakes sealed its fourth straight win to open the season on an early game-winner by Roland Cormier less than three minutes into the first period of a 2-0 Mid-State Conference victory over visiting Prairie Centre Friday, Dec. 7 at Kent Freeman Arena.
Goalie Blake Itzen stopped all 14 shots by the North Stars to pick up his first shutout of the season and record his and the team’s 4-0 start.
Alex Bren and Reed Benson assisted on Cormier’s goal. Benson was the lone player in the game with a multi-point effort after gaining the secondary assist on the Lakers’ second goal late in the third period by Logan Burhans off a feed from Hunter Burnside.
The North Stars held DL’s top line pointless in the game on the back of a 43-save effort from junior goalie Isaiah DeFoe.
Cormier leads the team in goals with three through four games.
Itzen has only allowed five goals in that stretch with a save percentage of .947.
The Lakers have scored 17 times this season, seven of those coming in the third period and five each in the first two. DL is averaging 4.25 goals per game while allowing just over one (1.25).
In the preseason, head coach Todd Dwyer preached how his team needed to get off to a strong start in practice, games and the season. The Lakers have done that and have found a way to finish games strong, as well.
The victory gave DL the outright lead in the Mid-State Conference at 2-0. Prairie Centre is a half-game back at 2-1 and dropped to 2-3 overall.
The Lakers play game three of a four-game home stand Tuesday, Dec. 11 against Park Rapids in another conference game. The Panthers are winless in three contests and were defeated 5-1 by Prairie Centre at home on Dec. 4.
PC 0 0 0 - 0
DL 1 0 1 - 2
DL - Roland Cormier (even strength) (Alex Bren, Reed Benson)
DL - Logan Burhans (even strength) (Hunter Burnside, Reed Benson)